Australia: The Land Where Time Began

A biography of the Australian continent 

Murray Upper State Forest

What's special?

In the scenic foothills of the Kirrama Range lies Murray Upper State Forest, a magical place where rainforested mountains and tropical lowlands meet. Murray Falls is picturesque with tropical rainforest, open forest, water-sculpted boulders, cascades and clear mountain rockpools. Murray Upper State Forest is in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Exploring Murray Upper

Camp or picnic at Murray Falls. Toilets, picnic tables, cold showers, bins, wood barbecues and limited firewood are provided. Take your own firewood or a fuel stove. The camping area’s grassy sites in an open forest setting are suitable for tents, caravans and motorhomes.

Walk through the open forest and rainforest to the lookout for a view over the falls. Learn about the special culture of the Girramay people from signs along the walk. You can photograph the falls from the river boardwalk. For your safety, stay on the tracks and avoid slippery rocks. Serious injuries and deaths have occurred here.


See the falls and the forest along two short walks.


The camping area toilets and the first 75m of the river boardwalk starting at the top end of the camping area are wheelchair-accessible.

Getting there

Murray Falls is just off the Bruce Highway 42km north-west of Cardwell or 38km south of Tully. Turn off the highway at Bilyana or Murrigal and drive 22km to the forest along partly sealed roads. The forest is signposted and accessible by conventional vehicle.

Sources & Further reading


Journey Back Through Time
Experience Australia
Aboriginal Australia
National Parks
Photo Galleries
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