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Camping in Danbulla State Forest

Explore the Cathedral fig while camping at Danbulla.

Explore the Cathedral fig while camping at Danbulla.

Stay in one of the five camping areas along the 28km Danbulla Road and enjoy the unique features of the area including crater lakes, strangler figs, rainforest walks and places of important local history and interest.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. Your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Park-specific conditions

All camping areas at Danbulla must be booked. Self-registration is no longer available at any of the campgrounds. Campers may occupy their booked site from 2.00pm and must leave by 11.00am. Dogs are not permitted in camping areas. The maximum length of stay is 21 nights. Buy firewood before entering the park.

The Tablelands Regional Council has erected signs indicating this road is unsuitable for caravans. For any road access problems please contact the Tablelands Regional Council.

The lake contains many submerged trees and other hidden hazards. These hazards vary as the water level in the lake changes. Vessel masters must ensure they navigate with extreme caution.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Platypus camping area

Platypus camping area.

Platypus camping area.

Camping area features: this joint camping and day-use area is in a hoop pine plantation that was established in 1971. Popular with anglers, this area overlooks the dam wall.

Location: 4km from the western entrance and 24km from the eastern entrance of Danbulla Road.

Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle or boat. Although the camping area as a whole is accessible by car, it is necessary to park a short distance from camp sites. It is not possible to drive onto a camp site.

Number of sites: 18 numbered sites.

Camp site number Suitable for Capacity (number of people)
1 Large tent 8
2 Small tent 6
3 Small tent 6
4 Large tent 10
5 Large tent 8
6 Small tent 6
7 Small tent 6
8 Small tent 6
9 Large tent 16
10 Small tent 6
11 Large tent 8
12 Small tent 6
13 Small tent 6
14 Small tent 6
15

Small tent

6

16 Large tent 8
17 Large tent or camper trailer 16
18 Campervan 6

Camp sites are suitable for: tents, camper trailers and campervans (see table above).

Camp site surface: gravel.

Facilities: flushing toilets, picnic tables, wood barbecues and individual fire rings.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings and barbecues only.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and insect repellent. Buy firewood before entering the park. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: generally available.

Downfall Creek camping area

Downfall Creek camping area. Photo courtesy of At a Glance Pty Ltd.

Downfall Creek camping area. Photo courtesy of At a Glance Pty Ltd.

Downfall Creek camping area.

Downfall Creek camping area.

Camping area features: this popular camping area looks over tall pine plantations and native forests and has uninterrupted water views. Camp sites are separated by native vegetation that attracts birds and butterflies. Enjoy the 2.4km Regeneration walk through the forest and plantations to the Kauri Creek camping area.

Location: 7km from the western entrance and 21km from the eastern entrance of Danbulla Road.

Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle or boat.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, camper trailers and large groups.

Camp site surface: grass.

Facilities: flushing toilets and individual fire rings.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings only.

Generators: Downfall Creek and Fong-On Bay are the only camping areas in Danbulla State Forest where generators are permitted. Generators are only to be used between 8.00am and 7.00pm and only if the noise level is less than 65dB(A) measured at a distance of 7m from the generator.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and insect repellent. Buy firewood before entering the park. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: generally available.

Kauri Creek camping area

Kauri Creek camping area. Photo courtesy of Paul Curtis, North Queensland Wildscapes.

Kauri Creek camping area. Photo courtesy of Paul Curtis, North Queensland Wildscapes.

Camping area features: this camping area is on the edge of an inlet that is well suited to swimming or exploration by canoe. Take the 600m easy walk along the Link track through the forest to the Kauri Creek day-use area.

Location: 9km from the western entrance and 19km from the eastern entrance of Danbulla Road.

Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle or boat.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, camper trailers and large groups.

Camp site surface: grass.

Facilities: flushing toilets, shower room (bring own shower) and individual fire rings.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings only.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and insect repellent. Buy firewood before entering the park. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: generally available.

School Point camping area

School Point camping area. Photo courtesy of Paul Curtis, North Queensland Wildscapes.

School Point camping area. Photo courtesy of Paul Curtis, North Queensland Wildscapes.

Camping area features: this area was the site of the Euramoo State School before the dam was constructed. The camping area is 1km from Danbulla Road and has a limited number of attractive sites with wonderful views of the dam, pine plantations and landscaped surrounds. Each site has a tap.

Location: turn off Danbulla Road 16km from the western entrance, or 12km from the eastern entrance and follow the road 1km to the camping area.

Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle or boat.

Number of sites: 11 numbered sites.

Camp site number Suitable for Capacity (number of people)
1 Large tent or camper trailer 12
2 Small tent 6
3 Large tent or camper trailer 6
4 Large tent or camper trailer 12
5 Small tent 6
6 Small tent 6
7 Small tent 6
8 Large tent or camper trailer 6
9 Large tent or camper trailer 6
10 Small tent 4
11 Small tent 4

Camp sites are suitable for: camping beside your car or camper trailer. For camp sites 10 and 11 vehicles cannot be driven onto the site—there is a short walk from the parking area to site.

Camp site surface: gravel.

Facilities: flushing toilets.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply).

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and insect repellent. Buy firewood before entering the park. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Fong-On Bay camping area

On the waterfront.

On the waterfront.

Shady camp sites.

Shady camp sites.

Camping area features: this large camping area is favoured by waterskiers and most of the camp sites along this peninsula have water access and views. Beyond the lake, rolling hills, forests and pine plantations form a picturesque backdrop. The camping area is divided into two sections—Bulmba and Gungul—and seasonal closures apply to the Gungul section.

Location: turn off Danbulla Road 16.5km from the western entrance, or 11.5km from the eastern entrance and follow the road 4.7km to the camping area.

Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle or boat.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, camper trailers and large groups.

Camp site surface: grass.

Facilities: flushing toilets, and individual and communal fire rings. A small shelter is available to facilitate organised events. Camping is not permitted in the organised event facility.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings only.

Generators: Fong-On Bay and Downfall Creek are the only camping areas in Danbulla State Forest where generators are permitted. Generators are only to be used between 8.00am and 7.00pm and only if the noise level is less than 65dB(A) measured at a distance of 7m from the generator.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and insect repellent. Buy firewood before entering the park. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: Book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: generally available at the eastern end of the camping area only.

Curri Curri bush camping

Camp site features: boat accessed, bush camp sites.

Location: camp site two is directly east of the public boat ramp at the Tinaroo township. The rest of the sites are along the shoreline, south of camp site two.

Access: the camp sites can be reached by boat only.

Number of sites: five numbered sites.

Camp site number Suitable for Capacity (number of people)
2 Small tent 6
3 Large tent 12
4 Large tent 12
5 Small tent 6
6 Small tent 6

Camp sites are suitable for: boat camping only.

Camp site surface: grass.

Facilities: individual fire rings.

Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings only.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water and insect repellent. Buy firewood before entering the park. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book online, over-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: generally available.

Last updated
26 June 2015