Danbulla National Park and State Forest Tropical North Queensland

Descend to the beautiful Mobo Creek Crater along the Mobo Creek Crater walk. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

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

Be inspired: ‘Slow camping’ at Danbulla where families enjoy the ‘little things in life’

‘Because one day you will look back and realise they were big things’. Writer Kurt Vonnegut was so right. Time is fleeting and we wish we could ‘bonsai’ our kids, but before we know it, they’ve grown and flown. Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Be inspired: Chasing volcanoes (and waterfalls) in the tropical north

They say ‘don’t go chasing waterfalls’ but we suggest you do, and volcanoes too! Photo credit: Steven Nowakowski © Queensland Government

Be inspired: Legendary fish, aquatic adrenaline and waterfront vistas—Danbulla offers all this and more!

Does the smell of sunscreen and insect spray evoke childhood memories of dangling a fishing line with Dad, bucket-washing the dishes with Mum and building a camp fire with your siblings? Photo credit: Karl Seelig © Tourism and Events Queensland

Be inspired: Queensland National Parks’ best-loved camping areas

We are truly a nation of coast dwellers, so when it comes to camping holidays, where do we head? To the water, of course! Photo credit: © Tourism and Events Queensland

Mobo Creek Crater walk

On this walk you might channel your inner geologist and form your own theory on how the Mobo Creek ‘Crater’ was formed.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
630m circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
Time suggested
Allow 15min walking time.
Grade
Grade 3 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

After a tranquil walk through lush upland rainforest, pause at the creek and soak up the peaceful surrounds. If you’re quiet enough you may even see a platypus!

The geology of this area has perplexed scientists for many years and, despite its name, it is unlikely that is was formed from volcanic activity. Read the sign and see if you think it sheds light on the mystery of this ‘crater’s’ creation—or do you have a better theory?

The Mobo Creek Crater walk, Danbulla National Park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, famed for its exceptional natural beauty, outstanding examples of the record of life, evolutionary history and remarkable diversity.

Getting there and getting around

The Mobo Creek Crater walk is in Danbulla National Park, on the central part of the Atherton Tableland, 70km (1.5hr) from Cairns.

  • The walk is 23.4km from the western entrance and 4.6km from the eastern entrance, on Danbulla Road.
  • Most of Danbulla Road is unsealed but it is accessible to all vehicles.

Refer to number 10 reference on Danbulla National Park and State Forest locality and road maps (PDF, 207.2KB) .

For more information see visiting safely—getting there and getting around.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Mobo Creek Crater walk is open 24 hours a day.

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

Visiting safely

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