Australia: The Land Where Time Began

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Dinden Forest Reserve

What's special?

High in the Lamb Range on the Atherton Tableland, Dinden Forest Reserve contains tropical rainforest, tall eucalypt forest with flooded gum and turpentine, dry open forest and casuarina forest remnants. Many large rainforest trees remain, including kauri pine, red cedar and Queensland maple.

Bare Hill (Bunda Dalbanji), a granite outcrop surrounded by dry open forest, lies in the traditional land of the Djabaguy Bulwandji clan. Historic pack routes, used to transport supplies between the coast and the Tableland, pass through the forest.

Exploring Dinden

Enjoy spectacular views over Davies Creek from Kahlpahlim Rock, the highest point on the Lamb Range.

Bush camp beside crystal clear Davies Creek. Individual campsites, mostly in a tall open forest setting, and fire rings are provided. Take firewood or a fuel stove. You must obtain a permit to traverse to reach the camping area or drive on the road to Kahlpahlim Rock.

Learn about the rainforest on the Clohesy fig-tree walk.

See Aboriginal rock art paintings along the Bare Hill track. To get permission to visit this cultural site, contact the Kuranda Mantaka Kowrowa Mona Mona Aboriginal Corporation (07) 4093 9296. Stay on the boardwalk and do not touch the paintings.

Visit in the dry season, May to November. Be prepared for cool weather in winter and at the top of Kahlpahlim Rock.


Only experienced walkers should tackle the trail to Kahlpahlim Rock. It is very steep and slippery when wet. The alternative return route along the Ridge trail is less steep and less diverse. Take drinking water. Wear a hat and sunscreen.


The Clohesy fig-tree walk is wheelchair-accessible.

Getting there

Dinden, 26km east of Mareeba, is next to Davies Creek National Park. Turn off the Kennedy Highway 14km east of Mareeba then drive 12km along Davies Creek Road to the camping area or 145km to the start of the Kahlpahlim Rock trail. Visit only in the dry. Four-wheel-drive is recommended.

The Clohesy fig-tree walk is on Clohesy River Road, 31km south-west of Mareeba. Access is only possible by four-wheel-drive and the creek crossings may be impassable after rain.

Sources & Further reading


Journey Back Through Time
Experience Australia
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