Kirrama range road scenic drive

Kirrama Range Road Scenic Drive

The biggest tides of the year are always challenging for fishing, especially when combined with 25 knot winds.

In times like these I like to jump in our trusty SWB Pajero “Snowflake” (it’s my wife’s car OK so don’t rib me about the name!) and head off into the bush for a bit of rest and relaxation.

We did just that last week, heading up the newly re-opened Kirrama Range Road to stunning Blencoe Falls.

This 60km drive took about 2 leisurely hours from the Kennedy/Bruce Highway turnoff, half way between Townsville and Cairns.

For the history of the road visit The Kirrama Range Support Group who successfully lobbied all tiers of Government to raise the required $6 million to repair the road after the ravages of Cyclone Larry and Cyclone Yasi.

But for a quick run up the road, check out our video below.

The road is accessible to normal 2 wheel drive vehicles, however there are some bumpy sections so we wouldn’t recommend it for an expensive European sportscar. Most regular vehicles with a little clearance will be fine.

That said if you have a fourby and want to get off the beaten track, there are a couple of more challenging offroad options near the Blencoe campground if you’re like us and enjoy that sort of thing.

To view the falls you will have to drive past the campground, over Blencoe Creek and approximately 1-2 kms up the hill to the sign posted turnoff. Take a left at the turn off and after a few more k’s along the bush track you will reach the spectacular lookout.

For holiday makers looking for a destination, this area of the north tropical coast has it all. Brilliant fishing, majestic Hinchinbrook Island as well as half a dozen fabulous mainland drives through rainforest to stunning swimming holes and waterfalls.

Stunning Blencoe Falls is the destination of the Kirrama Range Road

Spectacular views from the lookout along Kirrama Range Road

Blencoe Falls campground bush tracks

Waterfalls are a feature along the route.

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Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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