Tropical Coast national parks

Wooroonooran NP Tully Gorge NP Tully Falls NP El Arish Tully Gorge camping area Kareeya hydro-power station Koombooloomba Dam Alligators Nest J a r r a C r e e k R d B r u c e H i g h w a y C a r d s t o n e R o a d T u l l y R i v e r Mt Tyson Cochable Creek camping area Cochable Creek/H Road 1 2 2 1 3 To Innisfail Tully End of road 5 10km Scale 0 Photo: © Tourism and Events Queensland White water rafting Must dos • Challenge your limits and try whitewater rafting—strap on your helmet, hold on tight and enjoy the ride! • Enjoy a lazy afternoon picnic and refreshing swim at Alligators Nest. Getting there Tully Gorge is a 41km drive west of Tully via Jarra Creek and Cardstone roads. Drive a further 12km along Cardstone and Cochable Creek/H roads to Cochable Creek camping area. To access Alligators Nest day-use area drive 6km north from Tully via Murray Street and Bulgan and Lizzio roads. Mount Tyson walking track begins at the end of Brannigan Street in Tully. Tully Gorge National Park 2 Butterfly walk 375m return (20min). Grade: easy Wander through tropical rainforest spotting tropical butterflies along the way. 3 Mount Tyson 6.4km return (3–5hr). Grade: difficult Climb the very steep hillside to the 674m summit overlooking Tully and the coastline, or trek the shorter option to Scouts Rock, 5km return. Interested in a remote rainforest hike? Check out the Misty Mountain wilderness tracks at Places to camp Tully Gorge camping area 1 , beside Tully River, is suitable for tents, caravans and motorhomes and has picnic tables, cold showers and wheelchair accessible toilets. Cochable Creek camping area 2 has picnic tables and a toilet, is for tents only and is the trailhead for the Misty Mountains wilderness tracks. Safety Do not enter the water at Tully Gorge. Water released from the dam upstream can cause river levels to rise rapidly without warning. Be crocwise in croc country. Do not swim at Tully Gorge camping and day-use areas, estuarine crocodiles may be present (see page 27). Lush vegetation, boulder-strewn waters and spectacular rainforest views await you. The mighty Tully River dominates the landscape, plunging from the hillslopes high above and forming roaring rapids as it races towards the coast. Did you know? Alligators Nest day-use area is named after a local scout group—not the reptile— and it is a great place for a swim! Things to do Wildlife spotting Take the Butterfly walk to see colourful and varied butterflies including tailed emperors, banded demons and Ulysses. The warmer months of September to February are best for butterfly spotting. Don’t forget to look up! Places to go 1 Alligators Nest day-use area has a swimming platform, picnic tables, toilets and a gas barbecue. Get your adrenaline pumping in the wilds of Tully Gorge and feel the whitewater rush in one of Australia’s wettest places. Tully Gorge, Photo: © Tourism Tropical North Qld 19