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Published April 27th 2021
Beautiful trail in the mystic rainforest
Many walking trails start in the charming village of Paluma. Some of the walking trails are short but some are very long and suitable for multi-day hikes. Some of the walking trails start from the village and run all the way to Jourama Falls or down south towards Mt Halifax and the Bluewater Range.
Andree Griffin trail is about 1.4 km return in a beautiful rainforest with the possibility to listen to the sounds of many birds and the chance to spot wildlife. Allow about two hours.
A beautiful tree with large buttresses at the beginning of Andree Griffin Trail. Photo by Author.
The start of the trail is in Bud Jones Park, just behind the kiosk with the information, in Smith Cres. There is a carpark if you would like to park your car. The kiosk, just outside the Community Hall, has useful maps - take a photo to have some reference.
Map with the trail starting from Paluma Village. Photo fromhttps://paluma.org/attractions/walking-tracks
The trail is moderate, meaning the track is rugged with muddy sections, roots on the trail, logs that may obstruct the passage and steep sections. Hiking boots or hiking shoes are strongly recommended. Some hiking experience is necessary to enjoy the walk.
Bring a medium day backpack with lots of water, especially if it's a hot day, 1.5 litres of water and snacks. You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals. Long sleeves and long trousers are preferable.
Put in your backpack first aid kit, insect repellent in form of cream, please avoid the spray since the aerosol created during the spraying is going to spread in the environment. Pack a raincoat, torch, tissues and phone.
During summer, you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration.
If you would like to swim in a rockpool, make sure not to wear any cream or deodorant in order not to pollute the waters.
Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!
On the trail, there is a spot dedicated to Andree Griffin. There are some logs as chairs where people can sit quietly and listen to the bird calls. Andree Griffin (1917-2012) did lots of pioneering work in recording bird calls. For her work, she was the recipient in 2002 of the cassowary award by the Board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority.
Andree used the trail dedicated to her to introduce friends and acquaintances to the sights and sounds of the rainforest. The birds were Andree's passion and her knowledge was truly encyclopaedic. Andree was very happy to share her knowledge with fellow members or anyone keen to learn.
For decades, her comprehensive bird lists were an essential component of the monthly field trip reports published in the newsletter Brolga. Andree enriched every excursion with her presence - she not only knew her birds, she had a profound understanding of the need to conserve their habitat and her contribution to conservation efforts was immeasurable.