Every year when we visit Nth Qld we go to Coffee Works in Mareeba to buy some coffee and then pay a visit to Granite Gorge. As Mareeba is always a bit warmer than Cairns and the Northern beaches, we found December through to March was too hot to walk around the Gorge however any other time is great for walking or exploring the park. Our main reason for visiting is to get up close to the rock wallabies who will come over to you looking for some food. When you pay the entrance fee you can purchase some food for the wallabies for a small fee but it's definitely worth it. Once the wallabies know you have food for them they come right up to you even grabbing hold of your hand to eat the food from it. It is also possible to go swimming there in the creek and there are also small turtles in the water. A great place to visit.