Danbulla National Park and State Forest Tropical North Queensland

Gillies lookout offers views over the Mulgrave River valley to the coastal mountains ranges beyond. Photo credit: Mike Prociv © Queensland Government

Lake Tinaroo is the heart of Danbulla National Park and State Forest. Photo credit: Karl Seelig © Tourism and Events Queensland

Gillies lookout

Don’t miss the chance to experience breathtaking views over the lush Mulgrave River valley and stately coastal mountain ranges.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Attraction facilities

  • Lookout (constructed)

Jump in your high-clearance 4WD and head through undulating farmland and forests to this spectacular lookout where you’ll feel on top of the world!

Read about the 400-million-year-old story of this ancient landscape and marvel at the peaks, ranges and valleys that stretch out before you.

When not shrouded in cloud, Queensland’s two highest peaks—Bartle Frere and Bellenden Kerr—are the pinnacles of the view. At their feet is the Mulgrave River, snaking its way along the valley to the coast.

The Gillies lookout, Danbulla National Park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, famed for its exceptional natural beauty, outstanding examples of the record of life, evolutionary history and remarkable diversity.

Getting there and getting around

The Gillies lookout is in Danbulla National Park, on the central part of the Atherton Tableland, 70km (1.5hrs) from Cairns.

  • The lookout is 4km from Danbulla Road, 27.9km from the western entrance and 100m from the eastern entrance, on Madigan Road off Danbulla Road.
  • Most of Danbulla Road is unsealed but it is accessible to all vehicles.
  • Leave farm gates as you find them.

Getting to Danbulla

You can access the Atherton Tablelands via the Gillies Highway, Kuranda Range, Rex Range, Palmerston Highway, Savannah Way and Mulligan Highway.

From the north (Kuranda Range, Rex Range, Mulligan Highway) to the western entrance

  • From Mareeba, travel 29km south on the Kennedy Highway to Tolga.
  • Turn left in the centre of Tolga onto Kairi Road, and follow it for 7km to the T-intersection at Kairi.
  • Turn left onto Irvine Street and follow it as it winds through Kairi and becomes Tinaroo Falls Dam Road.
  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, through the township of Tinaroo (7km) and across the Barron River (1.1km).
  • Here the road becomes Danbulla Road. Follow it for 2km to the state forest boundary.

From the west (Savannah Way) to the western entrance

  • From Atherton, follow the Gillies Highway east and turn left onto Tinaroo Falls Dam Road.
  • Travel for 10.8km to Kairi where the road becomes Irvine Street.
  • Follow Irvine Street as it winds through Kairi and again becomes Tinaroo Falls Dam Road.
  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, through the township of Tinaroo (7km) and across the Barron River (1.1km).
  • Here the roads becomes Danbulla Road. Follow it for 2km to the state forest boundary.

From the south (Palmerston Highway) to the western entrance

  • From Yungaburra, follow the Gillies Highway west for 7km.
  • Turn right into Marks Lane and follow it for 2.6km to Tinaroo Falls Dam Road.
  • Turn right onto Tinaroo Falls Dam Road and follow it for 4.2 km to the T-intersection at Kairi.
  • Turn left onto Irvine Street and follow it as it winds through Kairi and becomes Tinaroo Falls Dam Road.
  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, through the township of Tinaroo (7km) and across the Barron River (1.1km).
  • Here the roads becomes Danbulla Road. Follow it for 2km to the state forest boundary.

From the south (Palmerston Highway) to the eastern entrance

  • From Yungaburra, follow the Gillies Highway east for 12.9km to Boar Pocket Road.
  • Turn left into Boar Pocket Road and follow it for 4.4km to the boundary of the park.
  • The road becomes Danbulla Road 100m further along (at the Gillies Lookout track).

From the east (Gillies Range) to the eastern entrance

  • From Gordonvale, follow the Gillies Range for 30.7km to Boar Pocket Road.
  • Turn right onto Boar Pocket Road and follow it for 4.4km to the boundary of the park.
  • The road becomes Danbulla Road 100m further along (at the Gillies Lookout track).

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Gillies lookout is open 24 hours a day

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Danbulla safely.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.