Australia: The Land Where Time Began

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Davies Creek National Park

What's special?

On the eastern edge of the Atherton Tableland, granite outcrops, boulder-strewn Davies Creek and open forest make Davies Creek National Park a picturesque alternative to the rainforest parks around Cairns.

Davies Creek rises in the Lamb Range and flows into the Barron River. A magnificent waterfall cascades over the huge granite boulders in the park. Vine forest grows along the creek but most of the park is covered in open forest and woodland studded with grasstrees and termite mounds. The park is home to the endangered northern bettong.

Exploring Davies Creek

Have a picnic or camp beside the creek. Toilets are provided. Take drinking water or boil the creek water for five minutes before drinking.

Follow the circuit track to a lookout over the 75m Davies Creek Falls.

See the wildflowers in spring. Enjoy the local wildlife. Honeyeaters, lace monitors and tommy roundhead dragons are common. Visit nearby Dinden Forest Reserve where additional campsites are provided.


An unmarked 2km trail leads along the creek upstream to the base of Davies Creek Falls. The Falls circuit track starts from a carpark 2km up the road from the camping area. Wear a hat and sunscreen and carry drinking water.

Getting there

Turn off the Kennedy Highway 21km south-west of Kuranda or 15km east of Mareeba and drive 7km along an all-weather gravel road to the park. This road is corrugated and unsuitable for caravans.

Sources & Further reading

Journey Back Through Time
Experience Australia
Aboriginal Australia
National Parks
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