Clump Mountain National Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Photo: Julie Swartz © Qld Govt

Things to do

    Bicton Hill circuit track offers scenic views along the way but has little shade. Photo: Greg Watson.

    Bicton Hill circuit track offers scenic views along the way but has little shade. Photo: Greg Watson.

    Pied imperial-pigeons may be seen and heard in the forest canopy. Photo: Queensland Government.

    Pied imperial-pigeons may be seen and heard in the forest canopy. Photo: Queensland Government.

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Camping is not permitted in Clump Mountain National Park.

    Other accommodation

    A range of accommodation, including motels, caravan parks and campgrounds is available at Bingil Bay, Mission Beach and the nearby towns of Tully and Cardwell. For more information see the tourism information links.

    Walking

    Bicton Hill circuit track—3.9km return (2-2.5hrs) Grade: moderate

    The track begins on Bicton Hill's exposed eastern side, where sturdy trees such as brush box and swamp mahogany grow. Climbing steadily, the track circles around to the hill's sheltered western side, which supports one of Australia's few remaining examples of lowland rainforest. A trip to the summit ends at a lookout offering spectacular mainland and island views. From the lookout, continue around the circuit until it meets back with the original track to continue down the way you ascended. In 2011 Cyclone Yasi damaged much of the canopy along the track—there is little shade along the way.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    There are no day-use facilities in Clump Mountain National Park.

    Viewing wildlife

    Bicton Hill is a great place for watching wildlife. Along the walking track look for rainforest skinks, lace monitors and also the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly.

    Go birdwatching. Lucky visitors might see a buff-breasted paradise-kingfisher or an endangered southern cassowary. The migratory buff-breasted paradise-kingfisher nests in termite mounds here in summer and the endangered southern cassowary lives and feeds in the forest.

    Between October and March, watch the evening spectacle of migratory pied imperial-pigeons returning to the islands after foraging for food on the mainland.

    Go spotlighting at night to see the striped possum feeding on beetle larvae, flowers, fruit or the honey of native bees.

    Other things to do

    Visit nearby Djiru National Park and enjoy walks through different types of lowland rainforests including fan palm forest at Licuala day-use area and mesophyll vine forest along the waterways of Lacey Creek day-use area. Experience the history of explorer Edmund Kennedy's 1848 expedition by walking the coastal Kennedy walking track adjacent to Hull River National Park at South Mission Beach.

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