This track follows one of the first trails linking the Hodgkinson goldfield with the port of Cairns. In 1876 Native Trooper Sub-inspector Douglas founded a track down through the Barron Gorge valley, mostly following one of the original Bama (walking pads. Later named the Douglas track, it was upgraded for drays and used extensively until the railway line was opened in 1887.
Starting from the Stoney Creek/Douglas trailhead (near Lake Placid), the track climbs steadily and traverses the face of Stoney Creek Gorge, crossing the Kuranda-Cairns railway line. The track then ascends the distinctive landmark of Red Bluff steeply via a series of stairs and switchbacks and continues to the junction of the McDonalds and Douglas tracks.
The Douglas track then descends into rainforest, where stone retaining walls from the original formed dray track can be seen in places. The Douglas track continues through rainforest, steeply undulating in places, and crosses several creeks before leaving the original dray road before arriving at the Speewah trailhead.
You need to be fit, experienced and well-prepared to undertake this walk. Tell a responsible person where you're going and when you expect to return. Carry plenty of drinking water.
The Douglas track is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.
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