Crater lakes, huge strangler figs, rainforest walks, lakeside camping areas and places of important local history are some of the interesting features along the 28 kilometres Danbulla forest drive.
The Kauri Creek rainforest walk starts at the Kauri Creek day-use area. The first part of the walk winds through rainforest along the bank of Kauri Creek. The track then crosses the creek (be prepared to get your feet wet!) and passes through forest before joining an old logging road. You have another chance to dip your toes in the sandy-bottomed Kauri Creek before joining the return track, which is steep and narrow in places and should be undertaken only by fit and experienced walkers. Keep to the walking track at all times.... more
Kauri Creek rainforest walk, Danbulla National Park
Distance: 5.1 kilometres return.
Time: allow 2.5 hours walking time.... less
Take plenty of drinking water. Wear a hat and sunscreen.
Wear sturdy shoes, as the track can be rough in places.
At 800 metres above sea level, Danbulla enjoys milder conditions than the coast, so it is a popular summer escape.
How To Get There
Danbulla National Park and Danbulla State Forest are on the central part of the Atherton Tableland. Danbulla Road is a 28 kilometre drive, suitable for conventional vehicles, that runs through the park and forest. The eastern entrance to the road is on Boar Pocket Road, just near the top of the Gillies Highway, about 60 kilometres or 1.5 hours drive from Cairns. The western entrance is reached via the township of Kairi, which is about 80 kilometres from Cairns via the Gillies Highway, and about 90 kilometres from Cairns via the Kennedy Highway and Mareeba. The Atherton Tableland is also accessible via the Palmerston Highway from Innisfail and via the Mossman-Mount Molloy Road from Port Douglas.
Take care when driving. Danbulla Road is narrow, unsealed and has sharp curves and rough surfaces. Be aware of other vehicles, pedestrians and wildlife on the road. Logging trucks also use this road. Exercise extreme caution and look out for oncoming vehicles. The Tablelands Regional Council has erected signs indicating this road is unsuitable for caravans.
Camping fees apply.
Danbulla National Park and State Forest are 800 metres above sea level and their lower humidity and temperatures are a pleasant escape from the coastal extremes. Maximum summer temperatures are around 30 degrees Celsius while winter temperatures can fall below 10 degrees Celsius at night, when frosts are not uncommon. Most of the rain falls during the wet season, between December and March.
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