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Juliana Castrillon disappears from Orin Aya festival after hiking in Far North Queensland

Woman disappears without a trace deep in Australian rainforest after attending four-day music festival

  • Juliana Castrillon, 36, was last seen hiking in Far North Queensland on Saturday
  • She had attended the ‘psychedelic’ Orin Aya music and arts festival last weekend
  • She was last seen on a trek from Cedar Bay to Home Rule, near Rossville
  • The aerial search was called off, with police and SES teams scouring the area on Wednesday

A woman has not been seen for four days after she disappeared while walking in a national park following a psychedelic festival in Far North Queensland.

Juliana Jaramillo Castrillon, 36, was last seen hiking from Cedar Bay to Home Rule, near Rossville, north of Cairns, on Saturday morning.

Ms Castrillon, who was born in Colombia but now lives in Byron Bay, had taken part in the Orin Aya festival, a four-day music, arts and cultural event described as a ‘psychedelic global gathering’ which ended on September 5.

Her best friend Alejandra Correa said she was supposed to return to Byron Bay at the weekend but never showed up.

Juliana Jaramillo Castrillon, 36, was last seen hiking from Cedar Bay to Home Rule, near Rossville, north of Cairns, on Saturday morning.

Ms Castrillon, who was born in Colombia but now lives in Byron Bay, had attended the Orin Aya Festival, a four-day festival of music, arts and culture described as a

Ms Castrillon, who was born in Colombia but now lives in Byron Bay, had attended the Orin Aya Festival, a four-day festival of music, arts and culture described as a ‘psychedelic global gathering’ which ended on September 5.

Ms Castrillon had left the festival and was hiking from Cedar Bay to Home Rule when she disappeared

Ms Castrillon had left the festival and was hiking from Cedar Bay to Home Rule when she disappeared

“I know festival goers do drugs, but she’s not that kind of person, she loves spirituality and meditation,” Ms Correa told the Cairns Post.

An aerial search of the area was carried out on Monday and Tuesday but was canceled due to dense terrain making it difficult to see.

Police and SES volunteers will launch a ground search and rescue on Wednesday morning.

Police are urging anyone with information on Ms Castrillon's whereabouts to contact them

Police are urging anyone with information on Ms Castrillon’s whereabouts to contact them

The 36-year-old is 169 centimeters tall, has shoulder-length black hair and was last seen wearing a cap.

She has her nose pierced and has tattoos on her lower back, foot, and chest.

The walking trail from Cedar Bay to Home Rule is about 15-17 miles long and takes about eight hours.

It is recommended that trekkers have a good level of fitness to undertake the trek which takes walkers through thick rainforest.

Anyone with information about Ms Castrillon’s fate is asked to contact the police.

Police and SES volunteers scour the area for the 36-year-old

Police and SES volunteers scour the area for the 36-year-old

The four-day Orin Aya festival ended last weekend

The four-day Orin Aya festival ended last weekend

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