Danbulla National Park and State Forest Tropical North Queensland

Pull up your boat, pitch your tent and have a campfire at Curri Curri camping area. Photo credit: © Queensland Government

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

Curri Curri bush camping

Load up the boat and escape the crowds at your own secluded camp site on the banks of Lake Tinaroo.

Accessible by

  • Boat
  • Canoe or kayak

Campground facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Anchoring allowed
  • Tent camping
  • Short walk to tent
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

After a day fishing, swimming and waterskiing you’ll be ready to relax at your private waterside camp site. Pull the boat up and settle into your camp chair to watch the sunset colours spread across the sky. When night falls, relax around the camp fire and gaze across at the twinkling lights of Tinaroo.

This area is home to loads of nocturnal wildlife, so grab your torch and see if you can spot possums, gliders, owls and insects. Train your light on the water’s edge and you’re likely to see fish, redclaw and other yabbies.

Getting there and getting around

Curri Curri camping area is in Danbulla State Forest, on the central part of the Atherton Tableland, 70km (1.5hrs) from Cairns.

  • Camp site 2 is 2km east of the Church Street boat ramp and 2.1km north-east of the Black Gully Road boat ramp.
  • The other camp sites are along the coast, south of camp site 2.
  • The camping area is accessible only by boat and the nearest boat ramps are at Black Gully Road and Church Street in the Tinaroo township.

Getting to Danbulla

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.
  • See directions to boat ramps below.

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.
  • See directions to boat ramps below.

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 4.2km 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.
  • See directions to boat ramps below.

Boat ramp directions

To Black Gully Road boat ramp

  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road for 3.8km.
  • Turn right into Black Gully Road and drive to the boat ramp at the end.

To Church Street boat ramp

  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road for 6.4km to the Tinaroo township.
  • Turn right into Lamb Street and follow it to the end.
  • Turn right into Church Street and drive to the boat ramp at the end.

Before you visit

Essentials to bring

  • Drinking water and insect repellent.
  • Buy firewood before entering the park. Read more about before you visit.
  • Camp site surface: grass.
  • Facilities: individual fire rings.
  • Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings only.
  • Generators: not permitted.
  • Mobile phone coverage: generally available.

Opening hours

  • Curri Curri camping area is open 24 hours a day.
  • Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

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

Camp site numberSuitable forCapacity (number of people)
2Small tent6
3Large tent12
4Large tent12
5Small tent6
6Small tent6

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Danbulla safely and camp with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.