Tully Gorge, Tully Gorge National Park, Queensland
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:30 December 2016
A gloriously tropical ensemble of lush vegetation, white waters, and abundant biodiversity, Tully Gorge National Park flaunts the tag of Australia’s wettest place with pizazz.
Average Winter Temp: 23°C
Average Summer Temp: 28°C
Traditionally inhabited by: Jirrbal and Gulnay people
Besides showcasing the spectacular Tully River as it cascades down the Cardwell Range, the Park is home to dense mangrove and eucalyptus forests, along with numerous threatened species of flora and fauna (butterflies in particular). Together, these natural attributes have earned the Tully Gorge National Park a World Heritage listing.
There are no rules as to how you should explore Tully Gorge National Park. The Tully River and Alligator’s Nest day-use areas are perfect for riverside picnics with the family. A variety of nature trails around the area offer varied experiences, ranging from the wheelchair-friendly Butterfly Walk, to the challenging Mount Tyson hike that culminates in a gorgeous vantage point with views extending far out into the Queensland coast and islands beyond. And if your thirst for adventure isn’t quenched yet, the waters of the Tully River are waiting to serve up some rafting thrills! Enjoy all this and more, from the very heart of the National Park – the Tully Gorge camping area.
Tully Gorge National Park is well connected to major Australian cities via road, and can be accessed from the Evelyn Tableland as well as multiple points on the Queensland coast.
Attractions & Activities:
- White Water Rafting
- Nature Trails
- Butterfly Watching
- Nature Photography
- Aboriginal Culture Tours
- Tully Gorge Lookout
- Alligator’s Nest
- Mount Tyson
- Kooombooloomba Dam
Caravan Parks / Accommodation:
Tully Gorge Camping Area
For a ringside view of Tully Gorge National Park, park your caravan or pitch your tent at the Tully Gorge camping area, a sprawling expanse of green grass and shady trees with wood barbecues, picnic tables and composting toilets (wheelchair-friendly). Makes for a great base from which to hike around the National Park, though poor mobile network coverage may be expected. Bookings can be made in advance through the Queensland National Parks website, or at site if you’ve visiting during the off-peak season.
$6.30/night for 1 person ($24.60/night for a family of 2 adults and up to 6 children), unpowered sites
Googarra Beach Caravan Park
Caravanning tourists who fail to find a spot at the Tully Gorge camping area needn’t worry; the Queensland coast to the east of the park is peppered with a number of well-appointed stay options. Googarra Beach Caravan Park is a popular choice, offering cabins and campsites along with picnic facilities and gorgeous views at the mouths of the Tully and Hull rivers. The pet-friendly property also has a large laundry area, an amenities block, a convenience store, a swimming pool and a charming café and bar. Its caravan sites are all powered, large enough for buses, and located amid beautifully manicured lawns.
$34/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $10 for every additional person; $5 per child (5-12 years)
(Cabins and unpowered tent sites are also available.)
Dunk Island View Caravan Park
A lovely beachside property, Dunk Island View Caravan Park can add a whole new set of experiences to your visit to Tully Gorge. Located about an hour’s drive away from Tully Gorge National Park, this property comes with excellent service, large caravan sites, free Wi-Fi, and a host of modern facilities including laundry, a camp kitchen, TV and recreation areas, a swimming pool, a kids’ playground, and of course a lovely stretch of sandy beach. Fully-furnished 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom suites are also available. Pets are welcome.
$42/night for 4 persons, powered sites
$32/night for 4 persons, unpowered sites
(Suites with attached bathrooms are also available.)
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
The Tully Gorge camping area is by far the best camping option in this area, in the low-budget category. Other campsites within the Tully Gorge National Park are equally affordable, though they aren’t caravan friendly. Caravanning tourists can make short stopovers at Queensland’s rest areas; those heading to Tully Gorge from up north can check out the Babinda Rotary Park, an idyllic property near Cairns, offering free caravan parking facilities for up to 3 days.