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Downfall Creek camping area

Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Downfall Creek camping area

Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets (flush) No toilets
Cubicle (BYO shower) No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access

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Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets (flush) No toilets
Cubicle (BYO shower) No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
World Heritage Area

Base yourself at this beautiful waterside camping area and spend days exploring the nearby walks, drives, lookouts and picnic areas.

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Remember your kayak when you camp at Downfall Creek camping area.
Remember your kayak when you camp at Downfall Creek camping area. Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government
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Nestled on the banks of Lake Tinaroo, you’ll have endless water views from your camp site.

After you’ve set up camp, spend the day on the water, fishing, waterskiing and swimming, or check out the 2.4km Regeneration walk that leads to the Kauri Creek camping area. Along the way you’ll learn about different tree species and how the landscape has evolved and transformed since the dam was built.

After sunset, grab a torch to see if you can spot any brush-tailed possums or northern leaf-tailed geckos along the Regeneration walk. Then settle in beside your camp fire and enjoy a tasty meal under a sky full of stars.

At a glance

Camping layout: Separate unnumbered sites
Site surface: Grass and gravel.
Camp sites are suitable for: Tent camping beside car; camper trailer; campervan
Facilities: cubicle showers (bring your own) camp fires allowed generators allowed bins
Permits and fees: camping permits

Getting there and getting around

Downfall Creek camping area is in Danbulla State Forest, on the central part of the Atherton Tableland, 70km (1.5hrs) from Cairns.

  • The camping area is 7km from the western entrance and 21km from the eastern entrance, on Danbulla Road.
  • Most of Danbulla Road is unsealed but it is accessible to all vehicles.
  • You can also get to the camping area by boat

Getting to Danbulla

From the north (Kuranda Range, Rex Range, Mulligan Highway) to the western entrance

  • From Mareeba, travel 29km south on the Kennedy Highway to Tolga.
  • Turn left in the centre of Tolga onto Kairi Road, and follow it for 7km to the T-intersection at Kairi.
  • Turn left onto Irvine Street and follow it as it winds through Kairi and becomes Tinaroo Falls Dam Road.
  • See directions to boat ramps below.

From the west (Savannah Way) to the western entrance

  • From Atherton, follow the Gillies Highway east and turn left onto Tinaroo Falls Dam Road.
  • Travel for 10.8km to Kairi where the road becomes Irvine Street.
  • Follow Irvine Street as it winds through Kairi and again becomes Tinaroo Falls Dam Road.
  • See directions to boat ramps below.

From the south (Palmerston Highway) to the western entrance

  • From Yungaburra, follow the Gillies Highway west for 7km.
  • Turn right into Marks Lane and follow it for 2.6km to Tinaroo Falls Dam Road.
  • Turn right onto Tinaroo Falls Dam Road and follow it for 4.2 km to the T-intersection at Kairi.
  • Turn left onto Irvine Street and follow it as it winds through Kairi and becomes Tinaroo Falls Dam Road.
  • See directions to boat ramps below.

Boat ramp directions

To Black Gully Road boat ramp

  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road for 3.8km.
  • Turn right into Black Gully Road and drive to the boat ramp at the end.

To Church Street boat ramp

  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road for 6.4km to the Tinaroo township.
  • Turn right into Lamb Street and follow it to the end.
  • Turn right into Church Street and drive to the boat ramp at the end.

Road conditions

  • Danbulla Road is narrow, unsealed and has sharp curves and rough surfaces. Be aware of other vehicles including logging trucks, pedestrians and wildlife on the road.
  • The Tablelands Regional Council has erected signs indicating Danbulla Road is unsuitable for caravans. For any road access problems, please contact the Tablelands Regional Council.
  • See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Parking

You can park your car at your camp site.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available from any of the towns on the tableland. The closest town to the eastern end of the drive is Yungaburra, and at the western end is Tinaroo township.

  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

Downfall Creek camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

Danbulla National Park and State Forest are 800m above sea level, with lower humidity and temperatures providing a pleasant escape from the coastal tropical extremes. Maximum summer temperatures reach 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 March.

Permits and fees

Camping permits

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

Fishing permits

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Generally available. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • Dogs are allowed in some areas of the state forest but you need check the rules before you head off. They are not allowed in the camping areas.
  • Queensland Police Service enforces laws relating to alcohol misuse and nuisance behaviour. For emergencies please dial 000 if you have reception. For non-urgent incidents, contact Policelink on 131 444.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

Open fires

  • Open fires are allowed in the existing fire places only. Bring your own firewood as you cannot collect it from the forest.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Rubbish

  • The bins are for food waste, and food and drink packaging. Take all other rubbish with you when you leave.

Drinking water

  • You need to bring your own drinking water.
  • Treat all water before use.

Camping

  • The use of generators is permitted between 8am and 7pm, and must not exceed 65dB(A) at a distance of 7m.
  • Native, giant white-tailed rats are active in the camping areas. These large rats can chew through vehicle wiring and engine components, plastic and tins. They are attracted by food and warm, dark places to nest. Discourage rats from damaging your vehicle by keeping your car bonnet open. Keep food and cooking utensils in a rat-proof container or store in your vehicle overnight.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Walking

Boating and fishing

  • Lake Tinaroo has many submerged trees and other hazards that vary as water levels change. You need to navigate the lake's waters with extreme caution. Follow marked channels where possible.
  • Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol enforce fisheries and boating safety laws and conducts periodic patrols on the lake.
  • You need to purchase a stocked impoundment permit before fishing in the lake.
  • Fisheries regulations apply. You can obtain information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures from Fisheries Queensland.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.

Around water

  • There are no patrolled swimming areas in Lake Tinaroo, and you enter the water at your own risk.
  • Swimmers have been seriously injured by boats. Take care around boats and skiiers.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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