Updated: Apr 25, 2022
In April, 2022 I visited the Mamu Tropical Skywalk near Innisfail in North Queensland with my family. It is about one and a half hours from Cairns. Mamu Tropical Skywalk is a very lovely walk that is over 2.5 kilometres long through the World Heritage listed North Queensland Rainforest. It is called the Mamu Tropical Skywalk because it is part of the Wooroonooran National Park where the Mamu Aboriginal people have lived for a very long time.
We got to the Mamu Tropical Skywalk in the afternoon and it was a lovely walk because it wasn't too hot and there was a lot of shade. When we first got there we went to the ticket office and talked to Claire and Phil who told us about the walk and gave us some books to take along. They were very friendly and made us feel very welcome. They accept the Companion Card so that means if you have one you can buy your ticket and you can take someone else with you for free. At the end of the walk Claire also gave us some bookmarks and said she hoped we would come back again one day because you can come for free for 2 years after your visit.
For the first part of the walk you walk along the paths at the ground level of the rainforest where you can look up at the very tall trees. The path is very smooth and wide and easy to walk on. There are seats along the way that you can stop and rest on if you need to. After we walked for a while we came to the lookout areas. The first one was the Cantilever. It was a long boardwalk that went out like a bridge over the trees. I liked the view from there and it was really nice to feel the cool rainforest breeze blowing. It moved a little bit when we all walked on it but I felt safe out there.
They have rest shelters along the Skywalk that you can stop at if you need some shade or a break. The rest shelters have information about the rainforest and the skywalk.
We also downloaded the free Mamu Tropical Skywalk App before we went so we could listen to the self guided tour along the way. It also has information about the rainforest birds and animals and the trees and plants you can see. I really liked the awesome rainforest sound effects and the indigenous music they play on the App.
Further along the walk we left the forest track to go on the elevated walkway that is 350 metres long and very high so you are walking among the treetops. It was very nice up there and good to walk on the boardwalk. It was very safe because there were rails all along and some panels are clear so if you were in a pram or wheelchair you would be able to see the view very well without the railings in your way.
At the end of this is The Tower which has 100 steps to climb up to get to the viewing deck. I liked going up the steps and held onto the rail which was very safe. Up the top there is an awesome view of the mountains and the river flowing through them. There are seats to sit on and it was very peaceful to stay up there for a long time looking at the view.
After we finished looking at the view on the tower we walked back down the steps and back to the ticket office where we started from. The whole walk took us about an hour and it was very enjoyable.
I liked all the signs along the way too that told us about the rainforest and the plants and animals.
They sell some drinks and snacks at the ticket office and you are allowed to take your own food and drinks and near the front office there are picnic tables that you can use to have your lunch.
I would definitely like to go back to the Mamu Tropical Skywalk and visit again one day. Claire said it is very good to go on a rainy day so maybe we will do that. I think most people would really enjoy the experience of walking in the rainforest and seeing the lovely views.
You can buy a ticket that lets you go to Mamu Tropical Skywalk and Paranella Park, which is only 30 mins away and that is very nice to visit too. I have also written a blog about it that you can find on my website, Everybody deserves a holiday.
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Visiting Mamu Tropical Skywalk was a beautiful experience. The views were pristine and it was a very easy walk to do. The paths were very smooth and well kept and the boardwalk allowed for great access to walk over the canopy of the rainforest.
The staff at the ticket office were very friendly and welcoming and happy to give advice and information. At the time we visited we were the only people there so crowds were certainly not an issue! The eco- toilets were very modern and clean and there was ample car parking. Getting there was easy too as there was a lot of signage on the roads to find it. Even though there were 100 steps up the the viewing tower there were landings to stop at and rest if needed so most people would be able to get there but if you couldn't there were still amazing views from the Cantilever and the boardwalk along the way. it was great that there were so many seats and shelters along the track too so you can sit and rest or shelter from the sun or rain if necessary. I noticed there was a radio at the top of the tower for use in an emergency too so that is great.
I really love that there was so much information about the rainforest and the local Mamu Aboriginal people to read about and hear about on the App. There are also Braille information guides available and it states on the brochure that there is a courtesy vehicle for mobility impaired visitors.
You will definitely want to take your camera as the views are incredible and even though we did the entire walk in an hour you might like to allow more time to relax and spend even longer soaking up the serene atmosphere this beautiful part of the world has to offer.
We would like to thank Mamu Tropical Skywalk for the opportunity to visit this wonderful tourist attraction as their guests, so that Flynn and our family could experience the magic of this rainforest adventure. Our reviews are solely based on the experience we had on our visit and were in no way influenced by any outside sources.