Danbulla National Park and State Forest Tropical North Queensland

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

Camping in Danbulla

The Danbulla area has several camping areas, each offering it's own unique beauty and catering for the needs of a wide range of visitors.

All camp sites at Danbulla must be booked and camping fees apply. As mobile phone service is unreliable, it is best to book your site before starting your trip. The maximum length of stay is 21 nights.

  • Dogs are not permitted in camping areas.
  • If you would like to have a fire, please bring your own firewood.
  • The use of generators is only permitted at Downfall Creek and Fong-On Bay camping areas, subject to the conditions below.

The Tablelands Regional Council has erected signs indicating this road is unsuitable for caravans. For any road access problems please contact the Tablelands Regional Council.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation around Lake Tinaroo and in the various towns across the tablelands. For more information see the tourism information links.

Explore the Cathedral fig while camping at Danbulla.

Explore the Cathedral fig while camping at Danbulla.

Stay in one of the five camping areas along the 28km Danbulla Road and enjoy the unique features of the area including crater lakes, strangler figs, rainforest walks and places of important local history and interest.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. Your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Park-specific conditions

All camping areas at Danbulla must be booked. Self-registration is no longer available at any of the campgrounds. Campers may occupy their booked site from 2.00pm and must leave by 11.00am. Dogs are not permitted in camping areas. The maximum length of stay is 21 nights. Buy firewood before entering the park.

The lake 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.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

  • Nested under towering hoop pines, this waterfront camping area overlooks the dam wall and has beautiful lake views.

    • Tent camping
    • Caravan camping
    • Camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • Toilets
    • Showers
    • Barbecue (wood/fuel/coin)
    • Picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted
  • Base yourself at this beautiful waterside camping area and spend days exploring the nearby walks, drives, lookouts and picnic areas.

    • Tent camping
    • Caravan camping
    • Camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • Toilets
    • Showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
    • No dogs permitted
  • From this centrally-located lakeside camping area you can spend the day on the water or explore the featured-packed surrounding landscape.

    • Tent camping
    • Caravan camping
    • Camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • Toilets
    • Showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted
  • Set up camp in this peaceful camping area that has stunning lake and forest views and rich birdlife.

    • Tent camping
    • Caravan camping
    • Camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • Toilets
    • Showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted
  • Explore the park from you camp in this large, open area against a backdrop of rolling hills, forests and pine plantations.

    • Tent camping
    • Caravan camping
    • Camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • Toilets
    • Showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
    • No dogs permitted
  • Load up the boat and escape the crowds at your own secluded camp site on the banks of Lake Tinaroo.

    • Tent camping
    • No caravan camping
    • No camper trailer camping
    • Campfires allowed
    • No toilets
    • No showers
    • No barbecue
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No generators allowed
    • No dogs permitted

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.