Tourism road closed for five years
ficially closed at the eastern end for nearly five years, people who use the range drive around the barrier. The only way to access the road legally from the northern end of the highway is to drive across the Atherton Tableland to Mount Garnet, 60km west of Ravenshoe, and then navigate from there via a network of bush tracks.
The road on the Mount Garnet side has been cut since late November by floodwaters at the Cashmere Crossing on t he upper Herbert River.
The Department of Environment a n d R e s o u r c e Man a g e me n t ’ s Kirrama National Park website still advises travellers to drive south from Mount Garnet to the Gunnawarra Rd and to ‘‘ turn left at the Kirrama-Cashmere road’’. Fat lot of good that would have done anyone since November.
The State Government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading walking tracks in the area, i ncluding access t o t he Herbert River gorge, one of Australia’s most spectacular wilderness walks. You need a helicopter to get to them.