Danbulla National Park and State Forest Tropical North Queensland

Fong-On Bay camping area is popular with waterskiers and boaties. Photo credit: Julie Swartz © Queensland Government

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

Fong-On Bay camping area

Explore the park from you camp in this large, open area against a backdrop of rolling hills, forests and pine plantations.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle
  • Boat
  • Canoe or kayak

Campground facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Toilets (flush)
  • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
  • Anchoring allowed
  • Scenic drive
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Tent camping
  • Caravan camping
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Motor home camping
  • Shower cubicle (BYO shower)
  • Tent camping beside car
On the waterfront.

On the waterfront.

Shady camp sites.

Shady camp sites.

If you’re travelling with a large family or group of friends you'll find plenty of space to set up on this water-flanked peninsula. Most sites have water access and all have stunning views of the lake and beyond.

Take to the lake’s cool waters. Swim, canoe, fish and waterski right from your camp site.

Jump in the car and head along the Danbulla Drive, exploring World Heritage listed-rainforest, fascinating historical sites, amazing natural features and quaint picnic areas.

After a big day on the water or deep in the surrounding forest, spend the night with family or friends swapping stories around the camp fire.

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The camping area is 4.7km from Danbulla Road, 16.5km from the western entrance and 11.5km from the eastern entrance, on Fong-On Bay access road off Danbulla Road.
  • Most of Danbulla Road is unsealed but it is accessible to all vehicles.
  • You can also get to the camping area by boat.

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 4.2 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.
  • 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

Opening hours

Fong-On Bay 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.

Camping area features

this large camping area is favoured by waterskiers and most of the camp sites along this peninsula have water access and views. Beyond the lake, rolling hills, forests and pine plantations form a picturesque backdrop. The camping area is divided into two sections—Bulmba and Gungul—and seasonal closures apply to the Gungul section.

  • Location: turn off Danbulla Road 16.5km from the western entrance, or 11.5km from the eastern entrance and follow the road 4.7km to the camping area.
  • Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle or boat.
  • Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites.
  • Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, camper trailers and large groups.
  • Camp site surface: grass.
  • Facilities: flushing toilets, shower room (bring own shower), taps and individual and communal fire rings. A small shelter is available to facilitate organised events. Camping is not permitted in the organised event facility.
  • Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings only.
  • Generators: Fong-On Bay and Downfall Creek are the only camping areas in Danbulla State Forest where generators are permitted. Generators are only to be used between 8.00am and 7.00pm and only if the noise level is less than 65dB(A) measured at a distance of 7m from the generator.
  • Essentials to bring: drinking water and insect repellent. Buy firewood before entering the park. Read more about before you visit.
  • Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.
  • Mobile phone coverage: generally available at the eastern end of the camping area only.

Visiting safely

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

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.