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Cania Gorge Queensland Australia

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Cania Gorge Queensland

http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/cania-gorge/about.html

1. Picnic area circuit—300 m return (Allow about 20 minutes) Class 3

This short walk can be started from either end of the picnic area. The track runs beside Three Moon Creek, allowing views of the sandstone cliffs and surrounding eucalypt woodland.

2. Dripping Rock and The Overhang—3.2 km return (Allow about 2.5 hours) Class 3

This pleasant walk starts at the southern end of the picnic area. After crossing the Three Moon Creek the track winds through eucalypt woodland and dry rainforest before leading to the base of Dripping Rock (2.2 km return). The track continues on to The Overhang, where water has eroded the base of the sandstone cliff.

3. Dragon Cave and Bloodwood cave—2.6 km return (Allow about 1 hour) Class 3

Follow the Dripping Rock track for 400 m before taking a right turn over the bridge across Russell Gully. A moderately steep track leads to the cliff face, where a sidetrack branches north to Dragon Cave (1.8 km return). Here, the natural black mural of a ‘dragon’ can be seen highlighted against the white sandstone wall. The southern branch of the track leads to Bloodwood Cave, so called because the roots of a bloodwood tree can be seen at the left-hand side of the cave.

4. Two Storey Cave circuit—1.3 km return (Allow about 45 minutes) Class 3

This scenic walk starts opposite the picnic area. Starting to the left, the circuit meanders upwards around isolated sandstone monoliths. A 20 m sidetrack leads you to King Orchid Crevice, a parting of the cliff that has created an ideal haven for epiphytes. The top section of Two Storey Cave is important habitat for insectivorous bats. Please do not disturb these animals.

5. Fern Tree Pool and Giant’s Chair circuit—5.6 km return (Allow about 3 hours) Class 2

The circuit begins from a carpark 900 m south of the picnic area and is best walked in an anti-clockwise direction. Crossing Doctors Gully several times, the track passes Fern Tree Pool (2.5 km) and continues at a moderate climb for another 2.2 km up a sandstone escarpment to the Giant’s Chair lookout. Return 900 m to the car park down a steep track and steps. Please carry water on this walk, as the natural water is unsuitable for drinking.

6. Big Foot walk—1km return (Allow about 20 minutes) Class 3

This short trail begins at the same car park and runs parallel to the bitumen road. It features a large brown image of a four-toed foot on the white sandstone cliff.

7. Shamrock mine site—1.4 km return (Allow about 45 minutes) Class 3

This walk begins from the northern car park, about 1 km south of Lake Cania. The track meanders along a creek before passing into eucalypt woodland. At the former Shamrock gold mine site, you can follow a self-guided walk and learn about life on the Cania Goldfields. See remains of the old battery, mine shafts, processing sheds and mullock heaps along the way. Gold fossicking is not permitted.

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