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Davies Creek and Dinden national parks are on the Atherton Tableland. From Cairns, travel towards Kuranda via the Kennedy Highway. After passing the Kuranda turn-off, travel a further 21 km before turning left on to Davies Creek Road. The website has excellent information about camping options and walks in the area.
The Davies creek and Dinden camp sites are a favorite with our family. Close enough to Cairns that it isn’t a serious mission to pack camp gear and kids up for a weekend away. The campsites are all close to Davies creek which offers excellent swimming in cool fresh water all year round. Hours can melt away as you meander up or down the creek from your campsite, rockhopping and stopping to swim or paddle here and there! All campsites have open fireplaces. Bring your own wood (and marshmallows) and enjoy cooking on the fire under the stars! (Be sure children are aware of the dangers of fireplaces, even if no fire is evident, the remnants of a fire can be hot enough to burn a little bare foot!)
Davies Creek is situated in a stunning area of north Queensland, with plenty of walks offering stunning expansive views across the tablelands. See website for some excellent information on walks close by.
The Dinden sites are booked up early, especially during school holidays. They are more private and all have a pit toilet shared between two sites. The Dinden sites are quite well shaded compared to the Davies Creek sites. The lower camping sites at Davies Creek are an excellent option for general camping or if you miss out on a booking at Dinden. You will have a few day trippers here for picnics but there is plenty of room and the campsites are more than adequate.
Follow Davies Creek Road for 6.2 km to reach Davies Creek campground. Davies Creek Falls circuit track is 2 km beyond the campground. For most of the year this section of road is accessible to conventional vehicles.
Dinden campground is on Davies Creek, 10 km along Davies Creek Road—3.8 km past Davies Creek campground. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended for access to the campground (although we have camped at Dinden in our old Corona on may occaisions!!)
Where: Davies Creek Road (view map)
When: Open 365 days a year
Price: From $7.00 per night
Website: (visit website)
Author: From Website and SK
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