Mamu Tropical Skywalk the Boardwalk in the Rainforest Canopy
In 2006 Cyclone Larry caused natural clearings in the Wooroonooran National Park rainforest. Subsequently, this made it the perfect place to construct the Mamu Tropical Skywalk. Using unpainted galvanised steel and recycled plastic. Not only beautiful but on the other hand sustainable too!
Everybody should certainly take the time to visit this spectacular place. You will find it on the Palmerston Highway. Explore the rainforest from the floor to the canopy. With an elevated walkway rising from ground level. As a result, the panoramic views of the rainforest are simply breathtaking. The boardwalk is 15 metres high, with an observation tower escalating to 37 metres!
Get up close to some of the spectacular butterfly and bird species. There are comfortable seating options along the way if you need a rest. To sum up, there are more than 1100 metres of forest walking tracks here.
Mamu Tropical Skywalk is the homeland of the Ma Mu Aboriginal people. You will hear their stories and learn about the traditional uses of many of the trees, plants and animals.
About the Surrounding Rainforest
The rainforest in the Palmerston area is one of the most complex, diverse and species-rich in Australia. Known as complex mesophyll vine forest. It has the largest variety of plants, the tallest trees bearing the largest leaves, with the most vines, ferns and epiphytes.
The Palmerston rainforest is particularly important as it represents the largest remaining continuous stand of this forest type growing on basalt soils.
The canopy in the Mamu rainforest is about 25 m high with the tallest trees emerging above the canopy to a height of about 30 m. Trees that form the closed canopy are long-lived, relatively slow-growing species known as climax species.
This rugged landscape has its origins about 400 million years ago. This area originally lay deep under the ocean. Consequently, mud was carried down ancient rivers and deposited in this ocean environment. Over about 60 million years, sediments accumulated in the basin and therefore consolidated into rock.
Earth upheavals around 360 million years ago compressed and heated these original sedimentary rocks. As a result, transforming them into metamorphic rocks. They were then squeezed upwards, creating high mountain ranges.
Mamu Tropical Skywalk is located 90 minutes from Cairns or 60 minutes from the middle of the Atherton Tablelands. In the Palmerston section of the Wooroonooran National Park. Situated on the Palmerston Highway, 27 km from the turn-off from the Bruce Highway.
Close by, you will find the picnic area at Henrietta Creek. The perfect place to have a swim and cool off. This is also where you’ll find the beginning of the trail to Nandroya Falls. One of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the region.
You can visit another spectacular attraction close by, click HERE.
Explore the rainforest from ground level. With more than 1 km of hardened walking tracks. From here, you’ll have access to the elevated boardwalk. Suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. In addition, you’ll find seating for rest stops.
As the Mamu Tropical Skywalk gently rises, the forest below drops away. Take in the magnificent views of the river gorge below from the viewing platform.
The Skywalk winds for 350 m through the rainforest canopy. Therefore, you will get up and close to rainforest plants and animals.
Rising 37 m above ground level. Enjoy uninterrupted views of World Heritage rainforest landscapes.
Picnic tables are near the entrance. Close by at Henrietta Creek; there are picnic facilities accessed from the Palmerston Highway.
- Self-guided audio tour available in 9 different languages. Including English, Mandarin, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, French, Cantonese, German and Korean.
- Courtesy vehicle for the mobility impaired.
- Umbrellas on rainy days. (It’s a great activity for a rainy day!).
- Map guides
- Mamu Tropical Skywalk Botanical guides.
What to bring