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 Road. At least half a day should be set aside to explore the area. Each site is unique, catering for the needs of a wide range of visitors. Choose a secluded camping site at School Point or let the kids kick a football around the grassed area at The Chimneys. Enjoy a short walk through the upland rainforest to Mobo Creek Crater or take time to marvel at the size of the Cathedral fig tree.... more
Take care when driving. Danbulla Road is narrow, unsealed and has sharp curves and rough surfaces. Be aware of other vehicles, logging trucks, pedestrians and wildlife on the road. The Tablelands Regional Council has erected signs indicating this road is unsuitable for caravans. Lake Tinaroo contains many submerged trees and other hidden hazards. These hazards vary as the water level in the lake changes. Vessel masters must ensure they navigate with extreme caution.... less
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.
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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