Starting from the Walshs Pyramid Carpark off Bruce Highway, Aloomba, this walk takes you to the summit of Walshs Pyramid and back via a singular track, exploring the eucalypt forests of Wooroonooran National Park. This iconic peak is actually the highest free standing natural pyramid on earth, standing 922 metres tall. You’ll surely be dazzled at the top: either by the astonishing views all over Cairns and the Coral Sea, or the relentless sun getting to you along with the physical toll of the climb. Jokes aside, you really need to prepare well for this journey. Bring lots of water(3lt+ per person) and some snacks. Wear a hat, put on sunscreen and start the walk early to minimize the effect of the sun. Hiking poles and good trekking shoes may reduce the said physical toll. By the way, if you’re crazy enough you can participate in ‘The Great Pyramid Race’ that takes place every August, where contestants try to be the first to run up and down the mountain for a cash prize. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Warning This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills. Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From the Walshs Pyramid Carpark(450 metres southeast of Bruce Highway), head towards the “Welcome to Walshs Pyramid” trailhead signpost along the car park. Follow the signage and join the walking track as it leads you uphill and into the woodland, passing under the powerlines above. Stay on the track as you get deeper into the woodland to continue along Walshs Pyramid Track.....
Directions & comments
After 3 km pass the "Walshs Pyramid" (25 m on your left).
Continue another 25 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.1 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Walshs Pyramid Track
3 h 30 min to 4 h 30 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)