Campground: Murray Falls Campground, QLD
Description: If you are making your way via the coast from Townsville to Cairns and are looking for somewhere to camp other then a commercial campground, Murray Falls, within the Girramay National Park (gazetted in 2009) and a short drive from Cardwell or Tully, is definitely a great stopover and a nice diversion from the magnificent coastline. The site is nicely set out in a circular pattern with extremely large, grassy campsites interspersed with trees. The site is at the foothills of the Kirrama Range and is a nice combination of rainforest, gums, cascading waterfall and granite outcrops.
Good Points: The absolute highlight of this site is the beautiful swimming hole adjacent to the day area where you can swim. The fresh (very fresh!!!) water is a lovely change from the beaches and extremely refreshing on a hot tropical day.
Drawbacks: The drive to get there is roughly a 30-45min diversion from the main highway and the closest shop. Make sure to bring all supplies with you!
Facilities: Toilets, water, picnic tables, fireplaces, showers, site accessible to caravans.
Cost: $5.30 per person per night. You can either book online or there is a registration box at the campground itself where you fill in your details and leave the fee.
Book online here https://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/iaparks/gds/IAGDS050.jsp?quickParkId=81
Things to know:
Due to some people acting irresponsibly under the falls, one of the swim spots has been closed to the public. The main area, featured in the video above, is still open however and a wonderful place to swim.
There is no fishing allowed within the Girramay National Park.
Activities and Walks:
Swimming, bush walking, relaxing, exploring, admiring the granite rock formations and lovely waterfall.
A map of the campsite and walks that can be done directly from it can be found at the following link
River boardwalk—300 metres return (10 minutes) Grade: Easy – Take a pleasant walk along the boardwalk for views of the falls. The river boardwalk begins at the top end of the camping area and provides a safe way to view Murray Falls from several angles. The first 75 metres of the boardwalk is wheelchair accessible.
Yalgay Ginja Bulumi walk—1. 8 kilometres return (45 minutes–1 hour) Grade: Moderate
Walk through the open forest and rainforest to the lookout for a view over the falls. Learn about the culture of the Girramay people from signs along the track.
From Tully, travel south along the Bruce Highway for 16 kilometres and turn off at Murrigal. Continue for 20 kilometres to Murray Falls. Alternatively, travel 21 kilometres north from Cardwell to Bilyana and turn west for 20 kilometres. Follow the signposts. Access roads are partly sealed and suitable for conventional vehicles.
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