Danbulla National Park and State Forest Tropical North Queensland

Kauri Creek camping area is on the edge of an inlet, which is great for a swim or exploration by canoe. Photo credit: © Queensland Government

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

Kauri Creek camping area

From this centrally-located lakeside camping area you can spend the day on the water or explore the featured-packed surrounding landscape.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle
  • Boat
  • Canoe or kayak

Campground facilities

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

This small camping area, on the edge of one of Lake Tinaroo’s quiet inlets, is a perfect place to set up your ‘home away from home’.

Once you’re settled in, head off on part of the Jungaljunal walk to the Kauri Creek day-use area. Stop here for a picnic or swim in the sandy-bottomed creek before returning to your camp. If you’re feeling energetic, you can continue along the rest of the Jungaljungal walk.

Another option is to take the Regeneration walk to the Downfall Creek camping area. Remember to bring your binoculars because the area is rich in birdlife.

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The camping area is 9km from the western entrance and 19km from the eastern entrance, on Danbulla Road.
  • Most of Danbulla Road is unsealed but it is accessible to all vehicles.

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

Kauri Creek 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.

Kauri Creek camping area. Photo courtesy of Paul Curtis, North Queensland Wildscapes.

Kauri Creek camping area. Photo courtesy of Paul Curtis, North Queensland Wildscapes.

Camping area features

This camping area is on the edge of an inlet that is well suited to swimming or exploration by canoe. Take the 600m easy walk along the Link track through the forest to the Kauri Creek day-use area.

  • Location: 9km from the western entrance and 19km from the eastern entrance of Danbulla Road.
  • 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 fire rings.
  • Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings only.
  • Generators: not permitted.
  • Essentials to bring: drinking water and insect repellent. Buy firewood before entering the park. Read more about things to know before you go.
  • Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.
  • Mobile phone coverage: generally available.

Visiting safely

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

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.