Twenty-four kilometres south of Cairns, Gordonvale lies at the eastern end of the Gillies Highway, the winding, scenic pathway to the Atherton Tableland.
The Goldsborough Valley State Forest, with its walking tracks, swimming holes, canoe runs and picnic areas, is just 6km west of the town.
The entrance to the 32,000ha Bellenden Ker National Park is 10km south. Within the park, the summit of 922m Walsh’s Pyramid, which casts a long shadow over Gordonvale, offers sweeping views.
As a sugar town, Gordonvale wouldn’t be complete without its own tram track, and the steam-powered Mulberry Rambler makes a regular, 15km tourist run through the canefields and adjoining rainforest.
A short drive south-east on to the Atherton Tableland takes you into the Craters Lakes National Park dominated by those stunningly scenic lakes, Barrine and Eacham, which are girdled by rainforest that supports a wide variety of wildlife.