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Platypus Rock

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Platypus Rock

Picnic tables No picnic tables
Sheltered picnic tables No sheltered picnic tables
Toilets No toilets
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 No toilets
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
Climb the steps onto a huge granite boulder for a unique view of the pine plantation and forest canopy.
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Take the short Platypus Rock walk, up and over large granite boulders, for views of the surrounding pine plantation.
Take the short Platypus Rock walk, up and over large granite boulders, for views of the surrounding pine plantation. Tamara Vallance © Queensland Government
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A short walk through a forest scattered with delicate bowenias leads to the base of a towering granite rock. Bowenias are Australia’s smallest cycad and fossils show they have changed little over the past 45 million years.

Climb the steps to lookout at the top of the boulder. The landscape looks different from the vantage point so remember to bring you camera to capture this interesting perspective.

If you've organised access in advance, then hang tight on a vertical adventure rockclimbing and abseiling this spectacular site.

Stop in at the nearby Platypus day-use area for morning tea before heading off again to exploring all that the feature-packed Danbulla Drive has to offer.

Getting there and getting around

Platypus Rock is in Danbulla State Forest, on the central part of the Atherton Tableland, 70km (1.5hrs) from Cairns.

  • The lookout is 4km from the western entrance and 24km from the eastern entrance, on Danbulla Road.
  • Most of Danbulla Road is unsealed but it is accessible to all vehicles.

Getting to Danbulla

You can access the Atherton Tablelands via the Gillies Highway, Kuranda Range, Rex Range, Palmerston Highway, Savannah Way and Mulligan Highway.

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.
  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, through the township of Tinaroo (7km) and across the Barron River (1.1km).
  • Here the road becomes Danbulla Road. Follow it for 2km to the state forest boundary.

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.
  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, through the township of Tinaroo (7km) and across the Barron River (1.1km).
  • Here the roads becomes Danbulla Road. Follow it for 2km to the state forest boundary.

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.
  • Follow Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, through the township of Tinaroo (7km) and across the Barron River (1.1km).
  • Here the roads becomes Danbulla Road. Follow it for 2km to the state forest boundary.

From the south (Palmerston Highway) to the eastern entrance

  • From Yungaburra, follow the Gillies Highway east for 12.9km to Boar Pocket Road.
  • Turn left into Boar Pocket Road and follow it for 4.4km to the boundary of the park.
  • The road becomes Danbulla Road 100m further along (at the Gillies Lookout track).

From the east (Gillies Range) to the eastern entrance

  • From Gordonvale, follow the Gillies Range for 30.7km to Boar Pocket Road.
  • Turn right onto Boar Pocket Road and follow it for 4.4km to the boundary of the park.
  • The road becomes Danbulla Road 100m further along (at the Gillies Lookout track).

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 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

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

Platypus Rock 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) at the Platypus Rock lookout.

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.

Rubbish

  • There are no bins at Platypus Rock.
  • There are bins in the nearby Platypus camping and day-use areas. The bins are for food waste, and food and drink packaging.
  • Take all other rubbish with you when you leave.

Drinking water

  • We recommend you bring your own drinking water.
  • Water is provided in the nearby day-use area.
  • Treat all water before use.

Abseiling

  • To access the anchoring points, you need to send in an organised event notification so we can unlock the gate.
  • You will also need to have all the necessary safety gear and equipment.
Last updated: 29 November 2017
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