Davies Creek Park
Granite rocks have been smoothed into picturesque boulders by Davies Creek as it flows through eucalypt woodland from its source in the Lamb Range. Rare wet sclerophyll forest here is home to endangered northern bettongs - small marsupials found only in a few parts of north Queensland.
Camp near the creek and cool off in deeper pools. Walk to lookouts above Davies Creek Falls, two kilometres beyond the campground. An 850 metres circuit track here leads to a sandy creek-side picnic area where platypus may be seen, and back up a slope dotted with grasstrees. Watch for eastern yellow robins, white-cheeked honeyeaters and white-naped honeyeaters.
Exploring Davies Creek:
Davies Creek Falls circuit — 1.1km (20 minutes) Grade: Easy
Two kilometres beyond the Davies Creek National Park campground is another carpark with a marked trail that leads to a lookout offering views over the 75m Davies Creek Falls. From the lookout, a circuit track runs alongside a particularly tranquil section of the creek lined with paperbark trees, pandanus and banksias. This track leads to a sandy creek-side picnic area, where platypus may be seen, and returns to the carpark up a slope dotted with grass trees.
Getting there: From Cairns take the Captain Cook Highway north to the Kennedy Highway. After travelling through Kuranda, go a further 21km before turning left on to Davies Creek Road. The campground is 7km along this road. The road may be closed in the wet season (November — March) due to flooding. Contact QPWS Cairns to enquire about local road conditions. This road is gravel, corrugated and unsuitable for caravans and trailers.
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