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Kauri Creek day-use area

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Kauri Creek day-use area

Picnic tables No picnic tables
Sheltered picnic tables No sheltered picnic tables
Toilets (non-flush) No toilets
Wood barbecues (BYO wood) No barbecues
No lookouts
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mooring points No mooring points
Anchoring allowed (conditions apply) No anchoring

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Picnic tables No picnic tables
Sheltered picnic tables No sheltered picnic tables
Toilets (non-flush) No toilets
Wood barbecues (BYO wood) No barbecues
No lookouts
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mooring points No mooring points
Anchoring allowed (conditions apply) No anchoring
World Heritage Area
This quaint and centrally-located picnic area is a beautiful place to stop for lunch on your day exploring this feature-packed area.
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Picnic tables and wood barbecues are provided at Kauri Creek day-use area.
Picnic tables and wood barbecues are provided at Kauri Creek day-use area. Tamara Vallance © Queensland Government
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Park Danbulla
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Tucked away among towering pines and native forest, this picnic area is a quiet retreat for the whole family.

Let the kids swim in the shallow, sandy-bottomed creek while you take a well-earned break in the shade. When you start to feel hungry, cook lunch on the wood-fired barbecue (bring your own wood) and have a picnic at one of the tables.

You can walk some of the Jungaljungal walk from here, or take a 600m stroll to the Kauri Creek camping area.

When everything is packed away, it’s time for more exploration along the Danbulla Drive.

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The day-use area is 9.5km from the western entrance and 18.5km from the eastern entrance, on Danbulla Road.
  • Most of Danbulla Road is unsealed but it is accessible to all vehicles.

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 in the day-use area car park.

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

The toilets and picnic tables are wheelchair accessible.

When to visit

Opening hours

Kauri Creek day-use area is open 24 hours a day.

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

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.

Pets

Dogs are permitted (on a leash) in Kauri Creek day-use area.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Unreliable. 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

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

Drinking water

  • Water is provided in this day-use area.
  • Treat all water before use.

Walking

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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