Behana Gorge is a secluded water hole shrouded in rainforest with a waterfall and a clear deep pool for swimming in. As it’s not sign-posted, it’s tricky to find and it involves a 45 minute (3 km) uphill walk to get to, but the walk is scenic along a smooth paved track, and the rewarding swim at the end is well worth it. Pack your water, your camera, and a few snacks and make a half day of it.
The trail head is located 30 minutes (32 km) south of Cairns (view it on a map) or 20 minutes (19 km) north of Misty Mountains Rainforest Retreat (view it on a map). Behana Gorge Road if off the Bruce Highway. Follow it for 4.7 km to the end and park your car. Walk up the four-wheel-drive dirt track that follows a pipeline. It becomes a paved path that will take you all the way to Behana Gorge.
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WHERE TO STAY
The Misty Mountain Rainforest Retreat offers rainforest accommodation for couples just 19 km south of Behana Gorge. It is so private that if you see another person during your stay, you get your money back. There are three types of accommodation at Misty Mountains: The luxury Blue Lagoon Villa, The Hideaway and the Eco-Lodge. Prices start at $125 per night.
Just 45 minutes away is the Goldsborough Valley Campground (near a beautiful waterhole) in the Wooroonooran National Park. Fees are around $7 per person per night.
Thirty minutes to the south at Babinda are two free campsites that are suitable for tents, caravans, and campervans. My blog on Free Camping in Babinda gives you all the information you need to find them.
ROAD TRIPPING: If you plan to hire a campervan for an Australian road trip I recommend Camperman because they are honest and upfront about costs. Everything (road tolls, insurance, extra drivers) is included in the quote. They also have ex-rental campervans for sale that they buy back when you’re finished.
For more adventures, consult the blog map.