Davies Creek National Park and Dinden National Park
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Davies Creek Falls, a magnificent waterfall cascading over huge granite boulders, and the impressive Clohesy River fig tree are major features of these national parks. Dinden National Park straddles the Lamb Range—the string of mountains behind Cairns. Rainforest cloaks the wetter eastern side of the range where Lake Morris, the main water reservoir for Cairns, is situated. Eucalypt woodland occupies the drier rain-shadowed areas on the western slopes. Between these two contrasting vegetation types runs a strip of a rare forest type known as wet sclerophyll. Base yourself at Davies Creek or Dinden camping areas and enjoy one of the many walks ranging from 1.1 kilometres return to the more strenuous 12.3 kilometres Kahlpahlim Rock circuit. Marvel at the Clohesy River fig or paddle in the cool clear water of Davies Creek.
Stay on the walking tracks at all times and tell someone where you are walking and when you expect to return. Take care at creek crossing and near cliff edges and steep rock faces.
The toilets at the Davies Creek camping area are wheelchair-accessible as is the Clohesy River fig tree boardwalk in Dinden National Park.
How To Get There:
Davies Creek and Dinden national parks are on the Atherton Tableland. From Cairns, travel towards Kuranda via the Kennedy Highway. After passing the Kuranda turn-off, travel a further 21 kilometres before turning left on to Davies Creek Road. This gravel road is corrugated and unsuitable for caravans.
Davies Creek National Park
Follow Davies Creek Road for 6.2 kilometres to reach Davies Creek camping area. Davies Creek Falls circuit track is 2 kilometres beyond the camping area. For most of the year this section of road is accessible to conventional vehicles.
Dinden National Park
Dinden camping area is on Davies Creek, 10 kilometres along Davies Creek Road—3.8 kilometres past Davies Creek camping area. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended for access to the campng area. Between camp sites three and four is the start of the Turtle Rock circuit trail. Continue driving along Davies Creek Road, past the camping area, to reach the start of the Kahlpahlim Rock (Lambs Head) trail. Also within Dinden National Park, enjoy the scenic drive along Clohesy River Road and walk the Clohesy River fig tree boardwalk. Clohesy River Road is accessed from the Kennedy Highway (9 kilometres north of the intersection with Davies Creek Road or 10 kilometres south of Kuranda). Access is only by four-wheel-drive vehicles and the creek crossings may be impassable after rain. A Wet Tropics Management Authority permit is required for driving motorised vehicles (including trail bikes) on the Clohesy River Road beyond the Clohesy fig tree. All vehicles must be road registered and no fees apply.
Roads within Davies Creek and Dinden national parks may be closed in the wet season (December to April) due to flooding or after heavy rain for maintenance.
Camping fees apply.
Davies Creek and Dinden national parks are pleasant year-round; however, the drier, cooler months of May to November are the best time to visit. Davies Creek National Park is shady and the creek has cool rock pools to swim in or camp beside. Remember heavy rainfall can occur at any time. After rain the roads can be boggy and swimming in the creek can be dangerous due to the higher flow of water.
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Davies Creek National Park
Queensland 4880 Australia
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