Tully is located 142km south of Cairns and is considered the “wettest place in Australia”. Its geographical location between mountain ranges, combined with the monsoonal climate in the tropics contributes to its high rainfall probability and dense cloud cover. The town's average annual rainfall is 4490mm and rain occurs 150 days per year, the bulk of it during the summer and autumn months.
The town’s iconic Golden Gumboot represents the Australian annual rainfall record of 7.9 metres (7900mm) recorded in 1950. A staircase inside the boot climbs to a viewing platform above the town, with views across to the Sugar Mill.
The majority of the water in the area proceeds to the Tully River which flows down the gorge through dense rainforest. Tully Gorge National Park is a scenic 45km drive from town through banana plantations and rainforest, via Jarra Creek Road (please note that Gorge Lookout is only accessible via Ravenshoe).
The top of the gorge is 54km from town at the end of Cardstone Road. The Kareeya Hydro-Power Station is located here and kayaking enthusiasts tackle the rapids below.
Whitewater rafting is the popular attraction on the river and generally raft sightings can occur during the early afternoon.
Rafts full of keen adventurers paddling and screaming with delight as they power through the rapids is an amusing sight. Keep an eye out for the tour group buses and make your way to the river to get an eyeful of the action or get amongst the excitement yourself and book a ride.
The Tully Gorge is very scenic and a beautiful day out exploring the river, gorge and surrounding rainforest. Be sure to stop at Frank Roberts Lookout for the stunning views, located near the camp ground.
Camping is permitted in the designated camp area 43km from town beside the beautiful river. Toilets and cold outdoor showers are provided and the fees are reasonable at $5 per person per night. Fires and pets are prohibited.
The town centre also has camping at Green Way Caravan Park and 15km from town on the coast at Tully Heads is Googarra Beach Caravan Park, both are pet friendly.
Tully is a charming town at the base of Mount Tyson, but beware the weather can change in an instant. Always come prepared for the chance of a shower, after all it is the wettest town on the continent.