Goldfield Trail

5 h, 8 h to 2 days

18.4 km

↑ 532 m
↓ -549 m

Hard track
Starting from Mulgrave River Forestry Road, Wooroonooran, this walk takes you to The Boulders Lookout and rock pools via the Goldfield Trail, exploring the rainforest of Wooroonooran NP along the way. This trail was used by gold miners that were travelling to the mining areas in Goldsborough Valley back in the time - hence the name Goldfield. As you walk along the same track that is now surrounded by beautiful king ferns, try to go back to their time and imagine what the environment used to look like then. The rainforest is home to many animals including boars(pigs) and cassowaries. There are multiple campsites, one along the way and one at each end of the track. You can stay the night and even make this a return trip if you’d like to. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers to be able to enjoy the rock pools along Babinda Creek, especially at the end. Expect to get your feet wet as four of the crossings are around knee-level. Sandals may come in handy. A decent level of fitness is recommended. You can bring secateurs to help you on the track, but remember to bring bushmans spray no matter what. 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.
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Safer Bushwalks
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 There
Transport options and directions
Start (-17.2414181,145.7746386)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bruce Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Riverstone Road, 52 then drive for 980 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Gillies Highway, 52 and drive for another 5.3 km
  • Turn left onto Goldsborough Road and drive for another 3.2 km
  • Continue onto Goldsborough Road and drive for another 35 m
  • Keep left onto Goldsborough Road and drive for another 13.7 km
Finish (-17.3414146,145.8696475)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Mulgrave River Forestry Road(530 metres south of Goldsborough Valley Campground), head south along the road as you keep the river to your right. Stay on the said path and cross the East Mulgrave River to continue along the Goldfield Trail(Goldsborough to Boulders).....
Turn map Directions & comments
After 7.7 km come to the "Mulgrave River Top Causeway Camping Area" (on your left).
After another 110 m turn left, to head along Goldfield Trail.
After another 5.9 km (at the intersection of Goldfield Trail & Green Cliff Falls Track) veer right, to head along Goldfield Trail.
After another 4.2 km (at the intersection of Babinda Slides Track & Goldfield Trail) continue straight, to head along Goldfield Trail.
After another 350 m come to the "The Boulders" (25 m on your left).
After another 35 m pass the BBQ (10 m on your right).
After another 10 m pass the playground (7 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
Veer left.
About 110 m past the end is "Boulders Lookout".
About 130 m past the end is "Boulders Main Pool".
Boulders Main Pool
Boulders Main Pool


The end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Goldfield Trail

Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 18.4 km
Time 5 h, 8 h to 2 days
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 6.1 km apart with the largest gap of 10.6 km.

Toilet: There is one 18.3 km from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
7.7 kmMulgrave River Top Causeway Camping Area
Camp site
18.3 kmThe Boulders
18.3 km[toilet]
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