Tully

Population 2436

At the foot of Mount Tyson, Tully receives one of the highest annual rainfalls in Australia – around 4200 millimetres. This abundance of rain supports swift rapids on the Tully River – an attraction for any whitewater-rafting enthusiast. The river, which descends from the Atherton Tableland through rainforest gorges, is one of Queensland’s three main rafting rivers (the other two are the Barron and North Johnstone), with more than 45 individual rapids up to grade four. The area was settled in the 1870s by a family keen on growing sugarcane, and the town grew when the government decided to build a sugar mill in 1925. Sugarcane remains a major industry.

Visitor Information

Cnr Bruce Hwy and Wildsoet st; (07) 4068 2288

www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au

Nearby national parks

  • Wooroonooran National Park

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  • Girringun National Park

    Girringun National Park, part of the traditional lands of the Warrgamaygan people, comprises four sections: Blencoe Falls, Dalrymple Gap,...more

  • Millstream Falls National Park

    Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the centrepiece of Millstream Falls National Park in the Atherton Tableland is Big Millstream...more

Nearby towns

  • Mission Beach

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  • Cardwell

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  • Mourilyan

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In Town

Tully Sugar Mill: informative tours in the crushing season (approximately June–Nov); tickets from the visitor centre.

Golden Gumboot: 7.9 m high gumboot erected to celebrate Tully as Australia's wettest town.

Nearby

Tully Gorge Alcock State Forest This state forest incorporates the Tully Gorge and the raging waters of the Tully River. Visit the Frank Roberts Lookout for gorge views, take the Rainforest Butterfly Walk and visit the Cardstone Weir boardwalk in the afternoons to watch rafters negotiate the rapids. Head to the top reaches of the river for superb scenery and swimming. Visit in dry season only (May–Dec); 40 km W.

Alligator's Nest: beautiful rainforest with swimming in stream; 10 km S.

Tully Heads: estuary and beachside fishing; separated from Hull Heads by Googorra Beach; 22 km SE.

Echo Creek Walking Trail: take this guided trail through rainforest, walking a traditional Aboriginal trading route with Jirrba guides; turn-off after Euramo; 30 km SW.

Murray Upper State Forest: rainforest walks to cascades, rockpools and Murray Falls; turn-off 38 km S.

Misty Mountains walking trails: day walks or longer (up to 44 km) in Wet Tropics World Heritage Area; details from visitor centre.

Whitewater rafting: operators run from Tully to the renowned rapids of the Tully River; details from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Russell Heads 79 km

Russell Heads is the junction and estuary system of the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers, south of Cairns. I was fishing with Kieran Livingstone who had a Cairns Custom Craft aluminium, a solid boat ideal for river and... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Bushwalking around Townsville and Cairns 38 km

This entire region offers great delights to bushwalkers, although you are likely to get damp, either from the humidity or from a tropical shower (it is not called ‘rainforest’ for nothing). The Rainforest and... Find out more


Cheese-tasting 57 km

In the lush highlands of Millaa Millaa, overlooking Mount Bartle Frere, the certified biodynamic Mungalli Creek Dairy has a superb range of organic cheeses and yoghurts for sale and tastings. You can watch the delectable... Find out more


Hiking the Thorsborne Trail 61 km

The 32-kilometre Thorsborne Trail is a classic tropical bushwalk that weaves along the east coast of the 393-square-kilometre Hinchinbrook Island National Park. There is a maximum of 40 people allowed on the track at a... Find out more


Campsites around town

Hull Heads camping area 17 km

Estuary and reef fishing from an all-weather boat ramp and pontoon makes Hull Heads an excellent destination for anglers. The campground is next to the coastguard on Luff St in Hull Heads, 15 km east of the Bruce Hwy.... Find out more


Dunk Island View Van Park - Campsite 19 km

Located at Mission Beach just 50m from Wongaling beach, this caravan park is set on a well-shaded 2.2 hectare property with views across to Dunk Island. The park is close to shops, restaurants and cafes and the on-site... Find out more


Mission Beach Caravan Park 21 km

This caravan park with laundry facilities is on Porters Promenade in Mission Beach, about 2 hr drive from Cairns or 3 hr from Townsville. Known for its 14 km stretch of sandy beaches, the town is a jumping-off point to... Find out more


Bingil Bay camping area 22 km

This campground is about 3 km north of Mission Beach on Bingil Bay Rd. There is no power available here. Mission Beach is a 2 hr drive from Cairns or a 3 hr drive from Townsville, and is known for its 14 km stretch of... Find out more


Dunk Island camping area 25 km

This campground is on the west coast of Dunk Island, with 9 designated sites provided. Dunk has 13 km of scenic walking tracks; you can trek through rainforests, complete a circuit of the island or enjoy beautiful views... Find out more


Kurrimine Beach Caravan Park 25 km

This very basic council campground is on Robert Johnson Pde in Kurrimine Beach, about 9 km east of the Bruce Hwy, accessed from Silkwood. The closest major town is Innisfail, about 30 km north of Kurrimine. The nearby... Find out more


Murray Falls camping area 26 km

Campers here can enjoy the 930 m walk through a rainforest gully that leads into open forest and finishes with amazing views over the falls and Murray Valley. The first 75 m section of the boardwalk at the top end of the... Find out more


Wheeler Island camping area (boat-based camping) 28 km

Located 12 km east of Tully Heads, Wheeler Island is accessible by private boat from Mission Beach. The campground’s only facilities are pit toilets and picnic tables, so campers will need to bring all... Find out more


Coombe Island camping area (boat-based camping) 29 km

Fancy staying at your own exclusive, secluded bush campground? This site, about 13 km east of Tully Heads, only permits 1 group at a time. There are, however, no facilities here so you’ll need to be completely... Find out more


Stephens Island camping area (boat-based camping) 33 km

This campground for self-sufficient campers is on the western side of Stephens Island, part of the South Barnard group. There are 3 separate sites, each with a maximum of 4 people. Open fires and generators are not... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Googarra Beach Caravan Park 16 km

The park, close to Tully Heads, has a cafe and a well-stocked shop and also sells fuel. This is a convenient overnight stop or a good base for exploring the area. Bookings are required in peak periods. Pets are not... Find out more


Beachcomber Coconut Caravan Village 18 km

Mission Beach is a dream holiday destination and this park is the perfect place to stay. It is set in a fabulous location just across the road from the beach. The shops are within walking distance. Bookings are required... Find out more


Mission Beach Hideaway Holiday Village 21 km

This is an excellent park at the heart of a very popular tourist destination and just a short walk to the beach, the shops or the local restaurants. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


King Reef Resort 25 km

This beachside caravan park is part of a hotel complex. It has good basic facilities and is very popular during holiday periods. Meals and normal hotel services are available. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Cardwell Beachcomber 37 km

The park is centrally located just a short distance from the centre of town and across the road from the beach (ideal for fishing). The park has good facilities and a licensed restaurant/cafe in the attached motel.... Find out more


Flying Fish Point Tourist Park 51 km

This quality owner-operated park is across the road from the beach in this small community about 7 km from Innisfail. The park puts on cooked dinners on Saturday nights and has happy hour on Wednesday. It also offers... Find out more


Innot Hot Springs and Leisure Park 78 km

Located in the centre of the small township, this place has good facilities and the local hotel is just a short walk away. A relaxing dip in the spring-fed pools in the park is most enjoyable at the end of the day.... Find out more


Wanderers Holiday Village 79 km

Close to the centre of town, this park is a popular holiday destination for those keen on fishing. There are covered barbecues and a boat parking area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Hinchinbrook Island Wilderness Lodge and Resort 44 km

Revolutionary in terms of minimal-impact tourism when it was first established in 1974, this classy resort has no more than a toehold on the 393-square-kilometre Hinchinbrook Island, and you can hardly see the treetop... Find out more


The Canopy, near Malanda 67 km

Located at Tarzali, this place comprises six beautiful glass and timber treehouses set in 40 hectares of rainforest that has never been logged, with Lumholtz tree-kangaroos creeping around, green ringtail possums,... Find out more


Possum Valley Rainforest Cottages 68 km

Near Millaa Millaa, the two secluded bush cabins here, on 62 hectares of bushland and rainforest, can sleep up to eight people each, and are completely powered by solar technology and a small water turbine in Possum... Find out more


Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat 73 km

By renting out nine elegant eco-accredited treehouses (near Malanda), the owners have funded a massive weed-clearing and revegetation program – including planting 20 000 trees – on their 92-hectare property,... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Diggers Creek rest area 18 km

18km N of Tully (R) or 34km S of Innisfail (L)

Small area adjacent to the highway.


Bilyana rest area 21 km

21km N of Cardwell (L) or 22km S of Tully (R)

Just off the highway among shady trees.


Mission Beach Camp Area 21 km

T/O 3 km N of Tully (R) or 49 km S of Innisfail (L)

Small campground located 24 kilometres east of the highway on the foreshore at the north end of the village. Good shade and facilities.


Bingil Bay camping area 22 km

At Bingil Bay

Very small campground among dense vegetation on the foreshore, 7.5km east of the highway. Limited sites.


Murray Falls camping area 27 km

T/O 22km N of Cardwell (L) or 15km S of Tully (R)

Shady campground located 20km (partly unsealed) west of the highway near the falls in Murray Falls State Forest.


Tully Gorge camping area 31 km

T/O into main street through Tully

Pleasant campground surrounded by rainforest on the banks of the Tully River in Tully Gorge State Forest. Located 40km north-west of Tully. Good facilities and shade.


Cardwell park area 39 km

At Cardwell

On the foreshore at the south end of town.


Five Mile Creek park area 46 km

T/O 45km N of Ingham (L) or 8km S of Cardwell (R)

Secluded area located 700m west of the highway at a swimming hole on the north side of Five Mile Creek.


Fred Drew rest area 47 km

4km N of Innisfail (L) or 26km S of Babinda (R)

Just off the road at the junction with the Palmerston Hwy.


Babinda rest area 65 km

T/O at Babinda

Secluded area on a riverbank located 500m south-east of the highway via the old Bruce Hwy.


Bramston Beach camping area 65 km

At Bramston Beach

Idyllic foreshore campground situated 17km east of the highway.


The Boulders camping area 66 km

T/O at Babinda

Small campground located 6km west of the highway via the main street. Near a picnic area in the rainforest. Limited sites.


What's on around town

Golden Gumboot Festival: May.

Show: July.

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