Danbulla National Park and State Forest Tropical North Queensland

School Point camping area offers attractive camp sites with wonderful views of the dam. Photo credit: © Queensland Government

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

School Point camping area

Set up camp in this peaceful camping area that has stunning lake and forest views and rich birdlife.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Walk-in
  • 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
  • Short walk to tent
  • Scenic drive
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
School Point camping area.

School Point camping area. Photo courtesy of Paul Curtis, North Queensland Wildscapes.

Think back to a time when this area bustled with children at the Euramoo State School. The school opened in 1924 for the children of local settlers and 376 pupils attended over the next 34 the years. When the school closed it was moved to another site, and was later destroyed by fire.

Swim, canoe and fish from this camping area, or jump in your 4WD and explore the feature-packed Danbulla Drive. Enjoy a cool rainforest walk, or take in the stunning views from the Gillies lookout. Remember to take your lunch because there are quaint picnic areas scattered along the drive.

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The camping area is 1km from Danbulla Road, 16km from the western entrance and 12km 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

School Point 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 area was the site of the Euramoo State School before the dam was constructed. The camping area is 1km from Danbulla Road and has a limited number of attractive sites with wonderful views of the dam, pine plantations and landscaped surrounds. Each site has a tap.

  • Location: turn off Danbulla Road 16km from the western entrance, or 12km from the eastern entrance and follow the road 1km to the camping area.
  • Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle or boat.
  • Number of sites: 11 numbered sites.
  • Camp sites are suitable for: camping beside your car or camper trailer. For camp sites 10 and 11 vehicles cannot be driven onto the site—there is a short walk from the parking area to site.
  • Camp site surface: gravel.
  • Facilities: flushing toilets, taps and shower room (bring own shower).
  • Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply).
  • 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: not available.
Camp site numberSuitable forCapacity (number of people)
1Large tent or camper trailer12
2Small tent6
3Large tent or camper trailer6
4Large tent or camper trailer12
5Small tent6
6Small tent6
7Small tent6
8Large tent or camper trailer6
9Large tent or camper trailer6
10Small tent4
11Small tent4

Visiting safely

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

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.