Tumoulin State Forest and Tumoulin Forest Reserve Tropical North Queensland

McKenzie Falls, Tumoulin Forest Reserve. Photo: Ian Holloway, Queensland Government

Visiting Tumoulin safely

    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, 184.1KB) 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.

    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.

    Before you visit

    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.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.