About Clump Mountain
Clump Mountain National Park contains some of the few remaining examples of undisturbed tropical lowland rainforest in North Queensland. This forest type once flourished extensively throughout these coastal lowlands however, due to clearing for farming, little now remains. These remnants are important habitat for the endangered southern cassowary, a large flightless bird found only in the tropical rainforests of Queensland and New Guinea.
Bicton Hill is the main feature of Clump Mountain National Park. A circuit walking track up this moderately steep hill offers visitors spectacular mainland and island views, and a chance to see rare rainforest plants and the elusive cassowary.
Clump Mountain National Park has historical significance for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. It forms part of the traditional country of the Djiru Aboriginal People. Nearby Bingil Bay was a favourite camping spot and rainforest plants were used by the Djiru to make fish nets, shelters, tools, weapons and medicines. The summit of Bicton Hill was used as a lookout by the Djiru Aboriginal People and later as a ship lookout by the Cutten brothers, the area's first permanent European residents. They named their property 'Bicton' after the town of the same name in Devon, England.
- Read more about the nature, culture and history of Clump Mountain National Park.
- Stay on the walking track at all times—this reduces the risk of injury, prevents disturbance to native vegetation and reduces erosion.
- Leave no rubbish—litter is unsightly and harmful to wildlife. Remember that cigarette butts are rubbish too.
- Feeding of wildlife is not permitted—it can affect the health of animals and alter their behaviour.
- Leave domestic animals at home—they are prohibited in national parks.
- Bicycles are not permitted on the walking track.
- Everything in the park is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Part of Clump Mountain National Park lies within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The park is managed to preserve the area’s natural, cultural and scenic values while providing nature-based recreational opportunities for visitors.
Clump Mountain National Park is managed by QPWS in collaboration with the Wet Tropics Management Authority and the Djiru Aboriginal People.
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The natural, cultural and historical significance of Clump Mountain
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