Blencoe Falls

Afternoon Blencoe Falls

"Afternoon Light, Blencoe Falls"
Watercolour by Winsome Board. Prints of the Blencoe Falls paintings and a small printed book illustrated with 15 paintings of the falls are available from the artist. Contact her by email: A list of her paintings is available at

On our way back from far North Queensland we stayed at Cardwell. We were going to look at Blencoe Falls. 50km inland, south of Cardwell but the track is still closed due to track wash outs and tree damage from Cyclone Yasi. On the map it is Blencoe Falls but the sign post reads Blencowe. Barrie Robinson, S.A.

With Blinco being the spelling usually associated with Queensland I was intrigued. I found Blencoe Falls, Girringun National Park offers breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. The Falls, part of Blencoe Creek, tumbles 90 metres to the pool below, before cascading a further 230 metres to the base of the gorge. Eventually, the water flows into the Herbert River, which winds through a gorge framed by towering cliffs and dry rugged ridges. Blencoe Falls, one of the most stunning waterfalls in Australia, is the northern gateway to Wet Tropics Great Walk, encompassing over 110 kilometres of bushwalking trails and campsites. The only access to Blencoe Falls is via Mount Garnet. Access should only be attempted in dry conditions and four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended.

Maybe some of our Queensland members can shed light on who this secluded waterfall was named after. Anne