Tully Gorge National Park

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.

Tully Gorge National Park has four separate access points - Tully Gorge camping and day-use areas, Alligators Nest day-use area, Mount Tyson walking track and Tully Gorge lookout. Tully Gorge camping and day-use areas, Alligators Nest and Mount Tyson walking track are accessed from the Tully area. Tully Gorge lookout is on the Evelyn Tableland.

Tully Gorge camping and day-use areas

Turn off the Bruce Highway onto Dean Road, 1.4 km south of Tully. Travel 46 km to the park—Dean Road becomes Jarra Creek and then Cardstone roads. The camping and day-use areas are a further 7 km. From here, there is no access to Tully Gorge lookout or Tully Falls National Park.

Alligators Nest day-use area

At Tully, turn off the Bruce Highway onto Butler Street and then take the first right onto Richardson Street. At the end, turn right into Murray Street and continue for 5.5 km—Murray Street becomes Bulgan Street. At the T-intersection, turn left on to Lizzio Road and drive 800 m to the car park. From here, there is no access to Tully Gorge lookout or Tully Falls National 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.

Tully Gorge lookout

Tully Gorge lookout is 24 km south of Ravenshoe on the Tully Falls Road. The last kilometre of the road is unsealed and is slippery when wet. Caravans are not recommended. From here, there is no access to Tully Gorge camping and day-use areas or Alligators Nest day-use area.

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.

Camping

Tully Gorge camping area is an open, grassy area with shady trees. Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

There is a range of accommodation, including hotels, motels, caravan parks, bed and breakfasts, and hostels at Mission Beach, Tully, Cardwell and the Atherton and Evelyn tablelands.

Walking

Butterfly walk (Grade: easy)
Distance: 375m return—
Time: llow 20 mins walking time
Details: This short, wheelchair-accessible walk begins at the eastern end of the Tully Gorge camping area and takes visitors through tropical rainforest. The area is noted for its butterflies—best seen between September and February.

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

Tully Gorge lookout (Grade: easy)
Distance: 100 m return
Time: allow 5 mins walking time
Details: Enjoy 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: 1.4 km return
Time: allow 45 mins walking time
Details: A short track, starting beside the Tully Gorge lookout, 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 walking tracks

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

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Whitwater Rafting

One of the best places in Queensland for a day of white water rafting is on the Tully River which runs through the beautiful rainforest of the Tully Gorge National Park. The section of river immediately downstream from the Kareeya hydro power station releases a consistent volume of water as it generates electricity, meaning you can go rafting here in the dry season as well as the wet. It is a unique way to experience the beautiful rainforest in the wet tropical region in Queensland.

Trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving

Ride trail-bikes and drive four-wheel-drives through the tableland section of Tully Gorge National Park on the internal roads and firebreaks. 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.

Stay on formed roads—trail-bikes and vehicles are not permitted off-road, including on walking tracks and boardwalks. Trail-bikes and vehicles are also not permitted on the internal roads and firebreaks in the coastal sections of Tully Gorge National Park.

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

Mountain biking

Mountain bike through the tableland section of Tully Gorge National Park on the internal roads and firebreaks. Expect to share the roads with pedestrians, motorbikes, vehicles and other cyclists.

Mountain bikes are not permitted in the coastal sections of Tully Gorge National Park or on any of the walking tracks or boardwalks.

Tully Gorge day-use area

This large, open grassed area has picnic tables, gas barbecues and toilets. Do not swim in the nearby Tully River as estuarine crocodiles are found here. Remember to be crocwise.

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.

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.

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.

Do not swim at the Tully Gorge camping and day-use areas as estuarine crocodiles occur in this section of the Tully River. Remember to be crocwise.

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.

Climate and weather

In the coastal section of the park, daytime temperatures in summer often exceed 30 ºC 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.

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