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

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 15mins walking time.
Grade
Grade 3 walking track
Where
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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 (1.5hrs) 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.

Getting to Danbulla

You can access the Atherton Tablelands via the Gillies Highway, Kuranda Range, Rex Range, Palmerston Highway, Savannah Way and Mulligan Highway.

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.
  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, through the township of Tinaroo (7km) and across the Barron River (1.1km).
  • Here the road becomes Danbulla Road. Follow it for 2km to the state forest boundary.

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.
  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, through the township of Tinaroo (7km) and across the Barron River (1.1km).
  • Here the roads becomes Danbulla Road. Follow it for 2km to the state forest boundary.

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.
  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, through the township of Tinaroo (7km) and across the Barron River (1.1km).
  • Here the roads becomes Danbulla Road. Follow it for 2km to the state forest boundary.

From the south (Palmerston Highway) to the eastern entrance

  • From Yungaburra, follow the Gillies Highway east for 12.9km to Boar Pocket Road.
  • Turn left into Boar Pocket Road and follow it for 4.4km to the boundary of the park.
  • The road becomes Danbulla Road 100m further along (at the Gillies Lookout track).

From the east (Gillies Range) to the eastern entrance

  • From Gordonvale, follow the Gillies Range for 30.7km to Boar Pocket Road.
  • Turn right onto Boar Pocket Road and follow it for 4.4km to the boundary of the park.
  • The road becomes Danbulla Road 100m further along (at the Gillies Lookout track).

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.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.