Mamu Tropical Skywalk, located less than 90 minutes south of Cairns on the Palmerston Highway near Innisfail, is a great adventure through the rainforest. Walking along the forest floor before exploring via elevated platforms throughout the rainforest canopy, Mamu Tropical Skywalk is a brilliant way to explore the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest of Wooroonooran National Park.
Suggested read: How to experience the Cairns rainforest.
Mamu Tropical Skywalk History
Built in 2007, Mamu Tropical Skywalk was designed to follow the natural spaces in the canopy that were left after Cyclone Larry tore through the year previous. Great care ensured this environmental attraction was sustainable, not only during construction, but to this present day. You can read more about the history and environmental practices here.
How to get to Mamu Tropical Skywalk
Mamu Tropical Skywalk is located off the Palmerston Highway between Innisfail and Millaa Millaa. Approximately an hour and a half drive south of Cairns (and about 30 minutes west of Innisfail), you can find the exact Google Map coordinates here. There is also ample parking available.
As of August, 2020 an adult is $27AUD and a child is $16AUD. To confirm up to date pricing please see the official website.
Your admission fee also includes an audio guide to explain the plants and rainforest around you. The rainforest you explore with Mamu Tropical Skywalk is the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, which is famous for holding the oldest tropical rainforest on Earth and therefore there is a lot to learn during your experience if you are interested.
Exploring the Rainforest
Your rainforest experience begins on the forest floor, as you wander through the undergrowth.
Depending on the trail you take, your first experience of the rainforest from above is when you arrive at the rainforest cantilever.
The view here is stunning, providing just a glimpse into one of the most impressive eco-systems in the entire world.
Once you’ve taken in the incredible scenery, it’s time to immerse yourself in the canopy by continuing along to the elevated walkway.
Looking down from the elevated walkway you can grasp that you are actually quite high above the forest floor and therefore able to experience the rainforest around you as well as look down on it below you.
We continued along through the elevated walkway until we arrived at the observation tower. While there are a number of stairs here to get to the top, I recommend it for the views. Plus you can also play around with the different levels and get a variety of photo perspectives.
Afterwards we slowly walked back the way we came, taking in the elevated walkway views again and enjoying the rainforest.
If you are wanting to explore more of the area don’t forget to check out the nearby Tchupala and Wallicher Falls (read: How to get to Tchupala and Wallicher Falls) and other things to do in the Innisfail area (read: Things to do near Innisfail) and on the Palmerston Highway (read: Things to see on the Palmerston Highway).
Tip: If you want to take great photos of the rainforest aim for overcast or rainy/misty days. It seems unusual, but this is truly when the rainforest thrives (and no harsh lighting casting ugly contrasting shadows over your image!). For more photography tips see here.