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.
Camp 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. Relax on the sun-warmed water-sculpted rocks near Davies Creek or refresh with a paddle in the cool clear waters of the creek. Visit the Clohesy River fig tree and marvel at this magnificent tree on the 300 metre return boardwalk. Take a scenic 33 kilometre return drive along Clohesy River Road to explore Shoteel Creek and Clohesy River valleys.
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:
From the Kennedy Highway, 21 kilometres south-west of Kuranda or 17 kilometres north-east of Mareeba, turn onto Davies Creek Road and travel for 6.2 kilometres to reach Davies Creek camping area. This gravel road is corrugated and unsuitable for caravans but is accessible to conventional vehicles for most of the year. Travel a further 3.8 kilometres past Davies Creek camping area to reach Dinden camping area. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended for access to the camping area.
To reach the Clohesy River fig tree boardwalk, turn off the Kennedy Highway, 9 kilometres north-east of the intersection with Davies Creek Road or 10 kilometres south-west of Kuranda. Access is only by four-wheel-drive vehicles and the creek crossings may be impassable after rain.
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 Road
23 kilometres east of Mareeba
Queensland 4880 Australia
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