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
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.
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.
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
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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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
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 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.
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
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.