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About Koombooloomba

Getting there and getting around

From Ravenshoe travel south on Tully Falls Road. This sealed and unsealed road travels through Tully Falls National Park before reaching the boundary of Koombooloomba National Park 20km from Ravenshoe. This main road and the many internal roads are narrow, have sharp corners and are rough and potholed. Take extreme caution and be aware of oncoming traffic.

The roads to the dam are accessible by conventional vehicles with high clearance although four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. Nitchaga Creek and Wall Creek roads are accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities in Koombooloomba National Park. The camping area in Koombooloomba Conservation Park has a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

Park features

Endangered wet schlerophyll forests, dry forests and upland rainforest surrounding Koombooloomba Dam are protected in this national park and conservation park. The two parks are home to many unique animals and plants and are in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Enjoy driving, picnicking, bicycling and camping in the parks or fish and waterski on Koombooloomba Dam.

Read more about the nature, culture and history of Koombooloomba National Park and Conservation Park.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

There are three camping opportunities in Koombooloomba National Park and Conservation Park. Bush camp along Nitchaga Creek and Wall Creek roads in Koombooloomba National Park or in the defined bushing camping area on the waterfront. Koombooloomba Conservation Park has a camping area with defined sites and some facilities.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation on the Atherton and Evelyn tablelands. For more information, see the tourism information links.

Things to do

A Koombooloomba sooty grunter. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

A Koombooloomba sooty grunter. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

Fishing and boating

Koombooloomba Dam is popular with water skiers and anglers. The dam is not part of the national park or conservation park. Be aware of submerged trees and other hazards and be mindful of sudden storms that can significantly reduce visibility. Fisheries regulations apply—information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures is available from Queensland Fisheries, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) places restrictions on the use of vessels with engines over 3 kW when the dam is above and below certain levels. See the MSQ notices for mariners for current information.

Driving and bicycling

Drive or ride Koombooloomba National Park and Conservation Park’s roads. Vehicles must be road registered. Only some roads are shown on the map and intersections may or may not be signposted. The roads to the dam and defined camping areas are accessible by conventional vehicles with high clearance. Nitchaga Creek and Wall Creek roads are accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • sunscreen, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt
  • a trowel and biodegradable toilet paper if bush camping
  • drinking water.

Opening hours

Koombooloomba National Park and Conservation Park are open 24hours a day. Parts of the park are occasionally closed for seasonal, planned burns.

Permits and fees

Special permits are required for commercial or organised events. Contact us for further information.

Pets

All domestic animals are prohibited in Koombooloomba National Park and Conservation Park.

Climate and weather

The lower humidity and daytime temperatures of the tablelands are a pleasant escape from the coastal extremes. Maximum summer temperatures are around 30°C while winter temperatures can fall below 10°C at night, when frosts are not uncommon. Most of the rain falls during the wet season, between December and April. For more information see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available from Ravenshoe, Atherton and other tablelands towns. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

  • After leaving Ravenshoe, mobile phone coverage is not reliable.
  • Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Treat all water before drinking.
  • Expect to share roads with pedestrians, motorbikes, bicycles, walkers and other vehicles.
  • When driving watch out for washouts, scoured road shoulders, potholes and loose surfaces. Be especially careful in wet weather when some roads and creek crossings may become impassable.
  • Be aware of wildlife, especially in the early morning and late afternoon.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Everything in the parks is protected. Photo: Shane Vidler, Queensland Government

Everything in the parks is protected. Photo: Shane Vidler, Queensland Government

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Koomboolomba State Forest was converted from timber reserve on 16 March 1967. Over time more parcels were added and it was included within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in 1988. On 14 September 2001 29,281 hectares were converted to forest reserve with the remaining 3019 hectares following on 18 July 2008.

On 19 November 2010 the forest reserve was converted to national park. A small area of electricity reserve near the dam wall was converted to conservation park at the same time.

Koombooloomba National Park and Conservation Park are managed on a day-to-day basis by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Management of the World Heritage Area is coordinated through a partnership between the Commonwealth and Queensland governments, the Jirrbal people and the wider community.

The national park is managed in accordance with the Koombooloomba National Park and Conservation Park Management Statement (PDF, 163K).

Tourism information links

Atherton Visitor Information Centre
Corner Silo Road and Main Street, Atherton QLD 4883
ph (07) 4091 4222
email

Ravenshoe Visitor Centre
www.trc.qld.gov.au 24 Moore Street, Ravenshoe QLD 4888
ph (07) 4097 7700
email

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
26 April 2017