Tropical Coast of Queensland

Finch Hatton Gorge

Located within the Eungella National Park near Mirani, this is a spectacular piece of tropical rainforest, interspersed by pristine rock pools and waterfalls. The Gorge is one of the most popular fresh water swimming holes in the region with locals and visitors alike. The clear rock pool, with water cascading down from tall boulders and large rainforest trees tower above, is popular with swimmers.

There are two main bushwalks - the first track leads to the Araulen Falls, which has a deep natural pool at its base, fringed by tropical rainforest. The second longer walk, Wheel of Fire, which is a further 1.1 kilometres along, is just as spectacular as the Araluen Falls.

The road to Finch Hatton Gorge leaves the main Pioneer Valley road 1km east of Finch Hatton Township. This narrow road is 10km long with 6km of gravel. Creek crossings flood periodically. A car park is sited adjacent to the National Park picnic area with toilets, picnic tables and gas BBQ's. There is no National Park camping in Finch Hatton Gorge.

At Finch Hatton Gorge, it is not unusual to see people hanging around the rainforest, in fact, swinging through the trees. Forest Flying is an eco-tourism experience set up to give you a unique view of the rainforest. With a personal harness you can glide along the 350metres of cable from 25metres above the ground, controlling your own speed and taking in the beauty below you. Ph (07) 4958 3359.