Danbulla National Park and State Forest Tropical North Queensland

Platypus camping area has expansive views of Lake Tinaroo. 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

Platypus camping area

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

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle
  • Boat
  • Canoe or kayak

Campground facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Toilets (flush)
  • Wood-fired barbecue (BYO wood)
  • Picnic tables
  • Anchoring allowed
  • Tent camping
  • Caravan camping
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Motor home camping
  • Shower cubicle (BYO shower)
  • Tent camping beside car
  • Short walk to tent
  • Walking
  • Scenic drive
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

You’ll find plenty of shade to set up camp in. The hoop pines here are more than 40 years old and supply high quality plantation timber for plywood, furniture and flooring.

Wander down to the water and take in the views of the 45m dam wall—five years in the making and completed in 1958.

Wake up early to capture the lake’s world-class sunrise and watch a varied birdlife in and around the camping area.

Explore the nearby Platypus Rock, slip a boat onto the water, or head further afield along the feature-packed Danbulla Drive.

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The camping area is 4km from the western entrance and 24km from the eastern entrance, on 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

Platypus 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.

Platypus camping area.

Platypus camping area.

Camping area features

This joint camping and day-use area is in a hoop pine plantation that was established in 1971. Popular with anglers, this area overlooks the dam wall.

  • Location: 4km from the western entrance and 24km from the eastern entrance of Danbulla Road.
  • Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle or boat. Although the camping area as a whole is accessible by car, it is necessary to park a short distance from camp sites. It is not possible to drive onto a camp site.
  • Number of sites: 18 numbered sites.
  • Camp sites are suitable for: tents, camper trailers and campervans (see table above).
  • Camp site surface: gravel.
  • Facilities: flushing toilets, shower room (bring own shower), picnic tables, wood barbecues, taps and individual fire rings.
  • Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings and barbecues only.
  • Generators: not permitted.
  • 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.
Camp site number Suitable for Capacity (number of people)
1 Large tent 8
2 Small tent 6
3 Small tent 6
4 Large tent 10
5 Large tent 8
6 Small tent 6
7 Small tent 6
8 Small tent 6
9 Large tent 16
10 Small tent 6
11 Large tent 8
12 Small tent 6
13 Small tent 6
14 Small tent 6
15

Small tent

6

16 Large tent 8
17 Large tent or camper trailer 16
18 Campervan 6

Visiting safely

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

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.