The Track’s Back
I love the Kennedy Track, I always have. My love affair with this beautiful, moderately challenging track began in early November 2003, and seeded my passion for North Queensland. Arriving in Mission Beach in our caravan with our two youngest sons, we set up camp at the Beachcomber Coconuts Caravan Park in South Mission Beach. With that job done, we then set out to buy a bottle of milk, instead we bought a house. The next day we walked the Kennedy Track and lovely was shortened to love.
I try to walk this track I love, with its magnificent trees that greet me along the way like an old friend as often as possible. A few of the uphill climbs leave me a little breathless but that pales into insignificance compared to the gob smacking, breath taking beauty that greets me every step of the way. Long stretches of beach, rainforest that grows on the water’s edge, old mangroves and creeks, little waterfalls at the right time of year, island vistas, splashes in the water that tell me that there’s stuff going on and secret, private places for me to rest, reflect and relish. There is always wildlife on this track, happy to ignore me while they go about doing their thing, and most times I come across another person to wave to and say hello.
But it’s also the human connection on this track that creates another layer for me. I think about the original owners of this place, the Djuru and how they would have enjoyed its richness. And sadly the terrible injustices inflicted on them in this place. I think about the first white explorer, the tracks namesake, and how he tried to forge his way through this place. I think about the small group of local people who in 1988 built sections of it by hand so I can walk this track with a degree of comfort.
Nature has also had her say here. In the last decade, two major cyclones ripped through, forcing the Kennedy Track to close. It’s a people owned track and both times our council found the funds to repair and restore. Thank you!
As a result, The Kennedy Track is open and available with sections that include wheel chair access. It’s a place for all of us and for all reasons. A place to marry, celebrate the birth of a child, to say hello or goodbye, a place to fish, rest or exercise, a place to enjoy. Above all, for me, it’s a place to love.
The Kennedy Track is proof that the best things in life are free.
Author: Angi Matveyeff
Access Kennedy Esplanade South Mission Beach (near boat ramp)
Length 1.2km Lugger Bay
2.1km Morgans Lookout (Tam O’Shanter Point)
2.7km Turtle Bay
3.5km Kennedy Bay
Track grade Moderate fitness
What to bring Water, hat, sunscreen, camera. Lots of places to have a picnic.
Please note No swimming, stingers can be present from Nov to June. Crocodiles can inhabit this area. Cassowaries frequent this track. There are no rubbish bins provided, please take your rubbish with you.