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Danbulla National Park Camp Sites

Danbulla National Park and Danbulla State Forest are on the central part of the Atherton Tableland. The Danbulla forest drive is a 28km gravel road, suitable for conventional vehicles, that runs through the park and forest.  Five camping areas along this 28km forest drive

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

Camping permits available online. Go to at NPRSR website - Camping permits
or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68) more information at Queensland National Parks booking service website

Queensland Parks - regional offices contact details

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 2pm and must leave by 11am. Dogs are not permitted in camping areas. The maximum length of stay is 21 nights. Buy firewood before entering the park.

Campground features: This joint camping and day-use area is in a hoop pine plantation that was established in 1971. Popular with anglers, this area provides an interesting view of the dam wall.

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

Access: The campground can be reached by conventional vehicle or boat. Although the campground as a whole is accessible by car, it is necessary to park a short distance from campsites. It is not possible to drive onto a campsite.

Platypus Campground

Number of sites: 18 numbered sites.

Campsites are suitable for: tents, and two sites for caravans.

Campsite 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.

Mobile phone coverage: Generally available.

Downfall Creek camping area

Campground features: This popular camping area looks over tall pine plantations and native forests and has uninterrupted water views. Campsites 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 the Danbulla forest drive.

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

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites.

Campsites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, caravans, camper trailers, motor homes and large groups.

Campsite surface: Grass.

Facilities: Flushing toilets and individual fire rings.

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

Generators: Not permitted except between 8am and 7pm 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.

Mobile phone coverage: Generally available.

Kauri Creek camping area

Campground features: This camping area is on the edge of an inlet that is well suited for 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 the Danbulla forest drive.

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

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites.

Campsites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, caravans, camper trailers, motor homes and large groups.

Campsite surface: Grass.

Facilities: Flushing toilets, cold showers 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.

Mobile phone coverage: Generally available.

Further information

DERM Customer Service Centre
Floor 3
400 George Street, Brisbane
PO Box 15155, CITY EAST, QLD 4002
Phone: 1300 130 372
Email enquiry to:csc@derm.qld.gov.au