A number of walking trails radiate out from the town of Herberton. They range from shorter walks that showcase the heritage buildings of the township to intermediate length walks that include the river and the closer hills, to much longer walks that penetrate deep into the rugged ranges. Longer over- night treks can be arranged with local guides.
Herberton is situated at an elevation of just under 1000 metres (3000 feet) and lies out of the higher rainfall belt of the Wet Tropics. The elevation ameliorates the hotter conditions often encountered by visitors to the North Queensland tropical paradise, and the lower rainfall counteracts the humid conditions especially of the coastal lowlands. In fact, frosts are a regular occurrence in winter and nothing beats an open fireplace on those cold nights – an experience to write home about in the tropics! The lower rainfall also combines with the tough granitic countryside to make the walking trails robust enough to be available all year round – wet or dry. Only major events like bushfires or cyclones may close the trails and even then only for short periods.
The high elevation of the trails in tropical conditions makes it important to guard against dehydration and sunburn.
The Herberton Walking Trails commence from the Herberton Mining Museum and Visitor Information Centre. The trails vary from 1km easy to 12km Moderate to difficult.
Great Northern Mines 1.0 km Easy Less than 1 hour
Macleod Street Trail 2.1 km Easy to moderate About 1 hour
Magazine Road Escape Trail 3.4 km Moderate About 1 1/2 hours
Mt Ida Firetrail 5.7 km Difficult (Steep) 2 1/2 hours
Denbigh Road Trail 3.0 km Moderate 1 1/2 hours
Southern Firetrail 6.0 km Moderate 3 hours
Stewart Head Trail 12 km Moderate to diffficult All Day