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About Tumoulin

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Getting there and getting around

There are three main access routes into Tumoulin State Forest and Tumoulin Forest Reserve. All vehicles, including motorbikes, must be road registered and internal roads are suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles only. Please leave gates as you find them.

McKenzie Road access

From Atherton travel 30 km south on the Kennedy Highway. Turn right onto Tumoulin Road and travel 18.6 km to Kidner Road. After turning left onto Kidner Road, drive 2.4 km to McKenzie Road. Turn right and drive 800 m down McKenzie Road to where the road divides into three. Take the right-hand side road, turning sharply right before the gate and travelling along the fence line to the boundary. Please leave gates as you find them.

From Ravenshoe travel north-east and then north for 16.5 km on the Kennedy Highway. At Kidner Road, turn left and travel 4.5 km to McKenzie Road. Turn right and drive 800 m down McKenzie Road to where the road divides into three. Take the right-hand side road, turning sharply right before the gate and travelling along the fence line to the boundary.

Smith Road access

From Atherton travel 41.5 km south on the Kennedy Highway. Turn right onto Smith Road and travel 2.7 km to the boundary. Please leave gates as you find them.

From Ravenshoe travel north-east and then north for 9 km on the Kennedy Highway. Turn left onto Smith Road and travel 2.7 km to the boundary. Please leave gates as you find them.

Allen Road access

From Atherton travel 30 km south on the Kennedy Highway. Turn right onto Tumoulin Road and travel 14 km to the township of Tumoulin. Turn left into Allen Road and travel 2.1 km to the boundary. Please leave gates as you find them.

From Ravenshoe travel 6 km north-west on the Tumoulin Road to the township of Tumoulin. Turn right onto Allen Road and travel 2.1 km to the boundary. Please leave gates as you find them.

Internal roads

Tumoulin State Forest and Tumoulin Forest Reserve have a network of internal roads. The roads are often narrow, unsealed and can have sharp curves and rough surfaces. Take care when driving and be aware of pedestrians, motorbikes, bicycles, horses and other vehicles. Only gazetted roads are shown on the map (PDF, 184K) and intersections may or may not be signposted. All roads are suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities in Tumoulin State Forest and Tumoulin Forest Reserve.

Forest features

Endangered wet schlerophyll forest of rose gum, white stringybark, red stringybark, yellow messmate, pink bloodwood, turpentines, Bakers oak and stringybark pine provide habitat for vulnerable and near threatened species like the yellow-bellied glider, magnificent broodfrog and rufous owl.

The multi-tiered McKenzie Falls lie deep within the Millstream Valley near the centre of the state forest and forest reserve. The Millstream River meanders through the forest, tumbling gently over the granite walls of the falls.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not allowed in Tumoulin State Forest or Tumoulin Forest Reserve.

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

McKenzie Falls. Photo: Ian Holloway, Queensland Government

McKenzie Falls. Photo: Ian Holloway, Queensland Government

Fringe lily. Photo: Tamara Vallance, Queensland Government

Fringe lily. Photo: Tamara Vallance, Queensland Government

Walking

McKenzie Falls track(Grade: easy)

Distance: 600 m return
Time: allow 15 minutes walking time
Details: Take this short, easy walk through the forest from the car park to the top of McKenzie Falls. The Millstream River tumbles over this multi-tiered waterfall on its way down the Millstream Valley. Look for fringe lilies and resurrection plants along the track and native violets on the rocks beside the falls.

Driving and bicycling

Drive or ride Tumoulin State Forest and Tumoulin Forest Reserve’s network of internal roads. Vehicles must be road registered. Only gazetted roads are shown on the map (PDF, 184K) and intersections may or may not be signposted. The internal roads are suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

Horse riding

Special provisions have been made to allow horse riding on roads in Tumoulin State Forest and Tumoulin Forest Reserve. Only gazetted roads are shown on the map (PDF, 184K) and intersections may or may not be signposted.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

To enjoy your time at Tumoulin State Forest and Tumoulin Forest Reserve remember to bring:

  • sunscreen, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt
  • drinking water.

Opening hours

Tumoulin State Forest is open 24 hours a day. Parts of the park are occasionally closed for seasonal, planned burns. See park alerts for up-to-date information.

Permits and fees

Special permits are required for commercial and organised group activities. Contact us for further information.

Pets

Dogs and horses are permitted in Tumoulin State Forest and Tumoulin Forest Reserve. Dogs must remain on a leash and horses must remain on the roads at all times.

Climate and weather

The lower humidity and daytime temperatures at Tumoulin State Forest 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 November and March.

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

  • 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.
  • Always carry water, wear a hat and sturdy footwear, and try to walk in the cooler part of the day.
  • Stay on the track and take care on uneven surfaces, especially in wet conditions.
  • Expect to share roads with pedestrians, motorbikes, bicycles, horses and other vehicles.
  • Watch out for washouts, scoured road shoulders and loose surfaces. Be especially careful in wet weather when some roads and creek crossings may become impassable.
  • Look for 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 forest

  • Firearms are not to be used in the state forest or forest reserve.
  • Everything in the forest is protected—leave everything as you found it.
  • Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Stay on walking tracks, as taking short cuts lead to erosion and adjacent areas may be unstable.
  • Avoid driving on these roads during and after heavy rain. Driving on wet roads causes damage to the road surface.
  • Stay on the existing roads. If an obstruction blocks your path, don’t drive into the roadside drain to pass it. Remove the obstruction, if possible and safe to do so, or return from the direction you came. Ensure that obstructions do not block roadside drains.

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

Forest management

Tumoulin State Forest was first gazetted on 22 November 1941. Since then portions have been added and boundaries have been changed until the state forest reached 3120 ha. On 20 December 2010, 1877 ha of the forest were converted to forest reserve.

The Tumoulin State Forest and Tumoulin Forest Reserve are managed on a day-to-day basis by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

Tourism information links

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

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

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

Further information

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Last updated
26 April 2017