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Getting there and getting around

Tully Gorge lookout is on the Evelyn Tableland. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

Tully Gorge lookout is on the Evelyn Tableland. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

Alligators Nest day-use area is accessed from the coast. Photo: Jodie Thomas.

Alligators Nest day-use area is accessed from the coast. Photo: Jodie Thomas.

Tully section:

Tully Gorge camping and day-use areas

Turn off the Bruce Highway 1.4km south of Tully onto Dean Road, which becomes Jarra Creek Road and then Cardstone Road. Travel 41km to the camping and day-use areas. Cardstone Road ends about 10km further on—there is no access from here to the tableland section of Tully Gorge National Park.

Cochable Creek camping area

Turn off the Bruce Highway 1.4km south of Tully onto Dean Road, which becomes Jarra Creek Road and then Cardstone Road. Travel 37.6km to the Cochable Creek/H Road turn-off on the right—it is signposted as Misty Mountains. The camping area is a further 9km on unsealed road. There is no access from here to the tableland section of Tully Gorge National Park.

Alligators Nest day-use area

At Tully, turn off the Bruce Highway onto Butler Street and take the first right onto Richardson Street followed by the next right onto Murray Street. Continue for 5.5km along Murray Street, which becomes Bulgan Road. At the T-intersection, turn left on to Lizzio Road and drive 800m to the car park.

Mount Tyson walking track

At Tully, turn off the Bruce Highway onto Butler Street, which becomes Watkins Street. At the T-intersection, turn left onto Brannigan Street and travel to the car park at the end of the road. The walking track begins in this council park.

Tableland section:

Tully Gorge lookout

Tully Gorge lookout, on the Evelyn Tableland, is 24km south of Ravenshoe via Tully Falls Road. The last kilometre of the road is unsealed and is slippery when wet. Caravans are not recommended. There is no access from here to the Tully section of Tully Gorge National Park.

Maps

Wheelchair accessibility

The Butterfly walk and toilets at the Tully Gorge day-use and camping areas are wheelchair accessible, as are the toilets at the Alligators Nest day-use area.

Park features

Tully Gorge National Park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and one of the wettest areas of Australia. Picnic by rainforest streams; swim in clear, cool water; walk to a mountain summit; or enjoy spectacular gorge views.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Two camping areas are located within the park—Tully Gorge camping area and Cochable Creek camping area. There is no camping at Alligators Nest day-use area or Tully Gorge lookout.

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

Other accommodation

A range of accommodation—including hotels, motels, caravan parks, bed and breakfasts, and hostels—is provided at Mission Beach, Tully, Cardwell and the Atherton and Evelyn tablelands. For more information, see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Enjoy the wheelchair-accessible Butterfly walk at Tully Gorge camping and day-use areas. Photo: Julie Dutoit, Queensland Government.

Enjoy the wheelchair-accessible Butterfly walk at Tully Gorge camping and day-use areas. Photo: Julie Dutoit, Queensland Government.

A rare sight—water thundering over Tully Falls. Photo: Barry Schmith, Queensland Government.

A rare sight—water thundering over Tully Falls. Photo: Barry Schmith, Queensland Government.

At the Tully Gorge lookout, walk through upland rainforest to the Tully River. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

At the Tully Gorge lookout, walk through upland rainforest to the Tully River. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

A platform and steps provides access to the rainforest stream at Alligators Nest. Photo: Jodie Thomas.

A platform and steps provides access to the rainforest stream at Alligators Nest. Photo: Jodie Thomas.

Tully Gorge lookout has picnic tables, a pit toilet and a wood barbecue. Photo: Queensland Government.

Tully Gorge lookout has picnic tables, a pit toilet and a wood barbecue. Photo: Queensland Government.

Walking

Tully section:

Maps
Butterfly walk (Grade: easy)

Distance: 375m return
Time: allow 20mins walking time
Details: beginning at the eastern end of the Tully Gorge camping area, this wheelchair-accessible walk takes visitors through tropical rainforest. The area is noted for its butterflies, which are best seen between September and February.

Mount Tyson walking track (Grade: difficult)

Distance: 4km return
Time: allow 3– 4hrs walking time
Details: From the council park at the end of Brannigan Street in Tully, climb this very steep and challenging track to the 678m summit of Mount Tyson. From the lookout enjoy views of the Tully township, coastline and Hinchinbrook Island.

Tableland section:

Maps
Tully Gorge lookout (Grade: easy)

Distance: 100m return
Time: allow 5mins walking time
Details: accessed from Ravenshoe via Tully Falls Road, the lookout offers spectacular views of the deep gorge and Tully River below. The dam upstream means little water flows down the falls. It is only during the wet season, when the entire system floods, that water thunders over the rock face and down the gorge.

River walk (Grade: moderate)

Distance: 1.3km return
Time: allow 45mins walking time
Details: from the Tully Gorge lookout, accessed from Ravenshoe via Tully Falls Road, a short track, leads to the Tully River. From here, walkers must return the way they came. The track passes through a variety of vegetation from open woodland to upland rainforest. The boardwalks on this track can be slippery when wet.

Misty Mountain wilderness tracks

Part of the Misty Mountains wilderness tracks network is in Tully Gorge National Park. This 130km network of short and long tracks offers walkers an opportunity to explore an area bounded by Tully, Innisfail, Mena Creek, Millaa Millaa and Ravenshoe.

Trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving

Vehicles are only allowed on gazetted roads—they are not permitted off-road, including on walking tracks and boardwalks. Riders and drivers must be licensed, and trail-bikes and vehicles must be registered. Expect to share the roads with pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles.

For more information, see trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving.

Picnic and day-use areas

Tully section:

Tully Gorge day-use area

This large, open grassed area has picnic tables and toilets. Swimming is not recommended in the nearby Tully River as estuarine crocodiles may occur in this section of the river. Additionally, water released from the dam upstream can cause river levels to rise rapidly, and without warning.

Alligators Nest day-use area

This large, grassy area beside the creek has a swimming platform, picnic tables, toilets, gas barbecue and shelter shed. This popular swimming spot was not named after reptiles of any sort, but the local scout group ‘The Alligators’ that used to meet there.

Tableland section:

Tully Gorge lookout

Picnic tables, a pit toilet and a wood barbecue are provided at the lookout. Bring firewood as it cannot be collected from the park.

Fishing

Fish within the park in the Tully River. Fisheries regulations apply—information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures is available from Fisheries Queensland.

Swimming

Alligators Nest is a great spot for a refreshing swim. A large swimming platform provides easy access to the crystal clear waters of this rainforest stream. Never jump or dive into the water and be careful at the water’s edge as rocks may be slippery.

Swimming is not recommended in the Tully River at the Tully Gorge camping and day-use areas as estuarine crocodiles may be present. Additionally, water released from the dam upstream can cause river levels to rise rapidly, and without warning.

Mountain biking

Unless otherwise indicated, bicycles are only allowed on gazetted roads—they are not generally permitted on Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service walking tracks. Expect to share the roads with pedestrians, vehicles, trail-bikes and other cyclists.

Part of the Misty Mountains wilderness tracks network is in Tully Gorge National Park. Some tracks are suitable only for bushwalkers, while others are shared tracks with mountain biking permitted.

For more information, see cycling.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

To enjoy your visit to Tully Gorge remember to bring:

  • drinking water
  • cooking utensils and equipment
  • basic first-aid kit
  • insect repellent and clothing to avoid insect bites
  • hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • wet-weather clothing
  • sturdy, reliable footwear
  • strong rubbish bags.

Opening hours

Tully Gorge National Park is open 24 hours a day.

Permits and fees

Camping permits

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

Other permits

If you intend conducting a commercial tour, wedding, school excursion or scientific research in Tully Gorge National Park, a permit may be required. See park permits and policies for further information.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Tully Gorge National Park.

Climate and weather

In the coastal section of the park, daytime temperatures in summer often exceed 30ºC and rainfall is frequent and heavy. The cooler months, from April to September, are the best times to visit.

The harsh temperatures of the tropics are tempered by the elevation of the tableland section of the park. Winter nights can be very cool with frosts in open areas. Summer days can be hot but temperatures drop significantly in the evenings. Rainfall is seasonal, with most falling between December and April.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Cardwell, Tully, Mission Beach and Ravenshoe. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

Do not swim at Tully Gorge camping and day-use area. Be crocwise. Photo: Jodie Thomas.

Do not swim at Tully Gorge camping and day-use area. Be crocwise. Photo: Jodie Thomas.

  • Wear appropriate safety gear and be realistic about your riding and driving abilities.
  • Be aware of other road users. Vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians use the roads in this park.
  • Obey speed limits and safety and advisory signs.
  • Let a responsible person know your travel plans and when you expect to return.
  • Take care at lookouts and around steep slopes. Remain behind the safety fences at all times.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
  • Tully Gorge National Park is in cassowary territory. Be cass-o-wary.
  • The Mount Tyson walking track should only be undertaken by fit and experienced walkers.
  • At Alligators Nest, take care near the river—rocks can be slippery, currents are strong and water levels can rise suddenly.
  • Do not swim in the Tully River at the Tully Gorge camping and day-use areas or anywhere along the River walk at the Tully Gorge lookout—water released from the dam upstream can cause river levels to rise rapidly, and without warning.
  • Estuarine crocodiles occur in the section of the Tully River near the Tully Gorge camping and day-use areas—do not swim here and remember to be crocwise.

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

Looking after the park

  • Camp only in the designated camping areas.
  • Use the toilets provided.
  • Do not chase, scare or feed wildlife.
  • Riders and drivers must be licensed and vehicles must be registered.
  • Stay on the formed roads—off-road trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving is not allowed. Mountain-bikes are not permitted on walking track or boardwalks unless specifically signposted.
  • Avoiding driving and riding on unsealed roads during and after heavy rains.
  • Wash vehicles and gear thoroughly before entering this park to prevent the spread of weeds and diseases.
  • Leave pets at home—domestic animals are prohibited.
  • Take your rubbish home with you—no bins are provided.
  • Use fuel stoves or the barbecues provided—bring your own firewood.

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

Park management

Tully Gorge National Park is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with the Wet Tropics Management Authority and the Traditional Owners. The park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Tourism information links

Tully Visitor and Heritage Centre
www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au
Bruce Highway, Tully QLD 4854
phone: (07) 4068 2288
email:

Mission Beach Visitor Information Centre
www.missionbeachtourism.com
Porters Promenade, Mission Beach QLD 4852
phone: (07) 4068 7099
email:

Ravenshoe Visitor Centre
www.ravenshoevisitorcentre.com.au
24 Moore Street, Ravenshoe QLD 4888
phone: (07) 4097 7700
email:

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

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Last updated
7 October 2016