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At least half a day should be set aside to explore the Danbulla area. Each site is unique, catering for the needs of a wide range of visitors. Choose a secluded camp 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.
The Danbulla forest is a spectacular part of the Atherton Tableland, covering 12,000ha between the Tinaroo and Lamb ranges, and bordering Lake Tinaroo. It includes eucalypt and acacia forests, pine plantations and Wet Tropics World Heritage rainforest.
Created by damming the Barron River, Lake Tinaroo was completed in 1958. It was the first large dam in Queensland built primarily for irrigation. Its construction opened up new areas to farming and allowed different crops to be trialled. It is now a multi-purpose storage dam providing water to tableland towns, power generation, crop irrigation, stock watering and recreation.
- Read more about the nature, culture and history of Danbulla National Park and State Forest.
- Everything in the park, living or dead, is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
- Camp only in designated camping areas.
- Lighting of fires is prohibited outside designated areas.
- Please do not feed wildlife as it can affect their health and alter the natural population balance.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
The Danbulla National Park and State Forest are managed on a day-to-day basis by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS). Parts of the park and forest are within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Management of the World Heritage Area is coordinated through a partnership between the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments, the Traditional Owners and the wider community.
The Danbulla area is sustainably managed to provide a balance between conservation, recreation and other resource use through the cooperation and contributions of community and government.
Atherton Tableland Information Centre
Corner Main Street and Silo Road, Atherton QLD 4883
ph (07) 4091 4222
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
The natural, cultural and historical significance of Danbulla
- Visitor update: Lake Tinaroo speed restrictions, adjacent to Danbulla State Forest 10 December 2020 to 21 January 2021