South of Port Douglas lies the Mowbray Valley, in the foothills of the Macalister Range and the Wet Tropics Mowbray National Park. The historic 'Bump Track' can be accessed here, first blazed in 1877 from traditional Aboriginal walking tracks to transport gold from the Hodgkinson Goldfield in the Tablelands to the port (now called the Sugar Wharf) at Port Douglas. Now the Bump Track is open to walkers, mountain bikers and horses and traverses Mowbray National Park between the coastal lowlands and Black Mountain Road. Take on this adventurous (and steep) walk and be rewarded with epic coastal views to Low Isles and watch the scenery change from eucalypt forest to rainforest. While exploring the Mowbray Valley, stop and dip your feet into the local swimming spot at the Spring Creek bridge, or spot the local Crocodylus residents sunbaking under the Mowbray River bridge. If you are up for a real adventure, take a guided walking tour to the Mowbray Falls or go rock hopping to Spring Creek.
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