Finch Hatton Gorge
Finch Hatton Gorge is located just outside of Finch Hatton, between Mackay and the Eungella National Park. On arriving at Finch Hatton Gorge, you will find a large BBQ and picnic area, as well as some amenities. It is from this point that you can join one of the fabulous walking trails.
Named after Henry Finch Hatton who lead the first European assent of Mount Dalrymple. The town of Finch Hatton was established in the early 1900’s.
A fun activity to enjoy while the area is the Forest Flying eco-tourism experience, it is set up to allow you to view the rainforest of Finch Hatton Gorge from a unique angle. Fly up to 25 metres above ground and 350 metres through the rainforest canopy.
The area is home to many birds and animals such as bush turkey, brolga, azure kingfisher, eungella honeyeater, monitor lizard, wallaby, platypus, possum and flying fox. Ulysses’ and birdwing butterflies fly by regularly.
Within the Finch Hatton Gorge, there are a couple of magnificent walking trails. The shorter walk is 1.6km (one way), taking you to the small, but pretty Araluen Falls. It returns along the same path, however, it also makes up the first section of the longer walk (which is definitely worth the extra distance).
You will also find a refreshing swimming hole at Finch Hatton Gorge, as well as accommodation set amongst the fabulous landscape. The town of Finch Hatton is 10 kilometres away, it has all the services you would expect in a small town, from a pub to post office and general store with eftpos and newsagency.