The growing commute town Cairns is Gordonvale. Just a quick 20 k from Cairns and with pretty much all services Gordonvale increasingly gains appeal for the town. Gordonvale lies in the shadow of the 900 mtre and famous natural landmark is Walsh's Pyramid.

Gordonvale is an established and old community that has a rich sugar heritage. The public history display in the mid cbd gives an informative and interesting perspective background to the Kanaks era.

Gordonvale also has a proud community ethic at work; this is demonstrated by the cleanliness of the town’s assets and also the ceramic displays on the sidewalks.

Gordonvale was previously called Mulgrave and then Nelson. The name Gordonvale was settled on as a tribute to John Gordon, a pioneer in the district.

The area was first settled in 1877 by the Alley and Blackwell families who cut a road through to Trinity Inlet so they could haul out cedar logs. By 1880, the road was well-used by miners and packers and they established the Riverstone Hotel to service the passing trade. After a while, a small town developed, encompassing three pubs, a store and a butcher shop run by John Gordon.

The Hotels in Gordonvale are well established enterprises.

The Gordonvale War Memorial is located in the cbd.

The Museum is open most times.

The Gordonvale Churches are a mix of old and modern structures.

Accommodation options are available at Gordonvale and an overnight stopover is recommended.

Diary notes


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course