Tully Gorge National Park

Address: Tully Gorge Road, Ravenshoe Qld
Location Description: Tully Gorge National Park camping area is located 41km from the township of Tully, Qld.
Cost: Low cost / Donation
Type: Campground
Features:
  • Tents
  • Camper Trailers
  • Caravans
  • Disabled Access
  • 2WD Access
  • 4WD Access
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Non-Potable Water
  • Generators
  • BBQ
  • Fires Permitted
  • No Phone Reception
  • Information
  • Crocodiles
  • Fishing
  • Bush Walking
  • Look Out

Description:

Tully Gorge campground is a clean, well maintained and specatcular camp ground nestled within the gorge next to the Tully River.  It is surrounded by beautiful rainforest and you can fall asleep listening the the river bubble over the rocks.

The drive in presents no issues for 2wds as it is sealed all the way. There are some steep and windy sections that may mean it will be a bit slower drive for those towing but nothing to be concerned about.

It is a low cost campground that is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS) so e-tags must be purchased prior to camping. Bookings can be made online, over the phone or at the tourist information centre in Tully. Bare in mind that there is no phone reception there so you will have to book in advance.

The facilities were very clean with flushing toilets and cold showers.  There are no bins for rubbish at the campground so you need to take it out with you.

The area is also has a separate day use area with a designated carpark  which means that you don’t have day visitors parking in campsites. The day use area is used by rafting companies, but they seem to be very considerate of those camping. The day use area also had sheltered picnic tables and BBQs.

The camping area is a large open space with no marked campsites. Non-drinking water taps and fireplaces are scattered throughout. Firewood is not provided and being a National Park you are NOT allowed to collect it within the park so grab some on your way in. Also ensure that you check if there are any fire bans in the area.

Ensure you read the QPWS information board at the front of the camping area so you are aware of any rules, restrictions and warnings for the area.

Closest Services:

  • Tourist Information Centre: Bruce Highway, Tully
  • Chemical Toilet Dumppoint: Tully Showgrounds, Butler St, Tully
  • Waste Transfer Stateion: 360 Tully Gorge Road, Jarra Creek
  • Containers for Change Collection Point: MAMS Tully – 575 Andersen St, Tully

About The Area:

Tully Gorge National Park is also a Wet Tropics Heritage Listed area and forms part of Wooroonooran Important Bird Area. The Southern Cassowary is endemic to this region.

But what it is most famous for it the Tully River. The Tully River runs through the National Park starting at the Cardwell Ranges, which is part of the great dividing range and flows out to the Coral Sea on the east cost of Queensland. The Tully River is a very popular but challenging white water destination with multiple rapids and lush rainforests.


Nearby Attractions:

Whether you are into adventerous activites or just seeing the sights there is plenty to see and do in Tully. Here are some you should check out:
- Sugar Mill Tours
- Visit the Golden Gumboot
- Wet a line in the Tully River
- Climb Mount Tyson or enjoy a bush walk in Tully Gorge National Park
- Take a dip in Aligators Nest day use area or in natures own infinity pool (we didn't get there but it is on the bucket list now.) in Tully Gorge National Park
- Collect a map from the visitors center and take yourself on a self guided tour of the Tully Heritage Trail
- And for the more adventerous rafting or kayaking the mighty Tully River.


Closest Town And Distance: Tully, Qld - 41km

What We Liked: The question is "Why isn't this place busy?" There are only two reasons that I can think of: 1. It is a fair way off the main highway if you are just passing through, or 2. People just don't know it is there. It would definately rate as one of the top QPWS campgrounds that we have stayed at and I think this is due to a the pristine location and the standard of how the grounds and facilities are maintained.

What We Didn't Like: It was really hard deciding what we didn't like about this campground cause it was great but for me it would have to be how cold it got. We were there in October and whilst it was a coolish day when the sun disappeared it got real cold. But this is easy solved by sitting around enjoying a campfire.

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