Mount Fox, Girringun National Park Townsville | Tropical North Queensland

Visiting Mount Fox safely

    Getting there and getting around

    Mount Fox is 75 kilometres south-west of Ingham via the Herbert River Valley and the Seaview Range. Travel west from Ingham along Abergowrie Road to Trebonne. From here the route is well signposted. About 20 kilometres from the park in the Mount Fox Forest Reserve, a lookout provides views across the valley.

    Most of the route is sealed, with the last 5km unsealed. The sealed road up the range is narrow and windy and can be accessed using a conventional vehicle. In summer, storms may restrict access to four-wheel-drive vehicles. Contact the RACQ to enquire about local road conditions (see tourism information links for RACQ contact details). The Mount Fox Range Road is unsuitable for caravans.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    There are no wheelchair-accessible tracks or facilities in this section of Girringun National Park.

    Staying safe

    • Take care around cliffs, steep slopes and rock faces.
    • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
    • Carry adequate drinking water.
    • Wear sturdy, reliable footwear. Make sure your footwear has been worn in before you start your walk.

    In the event of an emergency, communication equipment is vital. You should carry at least one form of communication equipment. Mobile phone coverage is very limited and should not be relied upon as the only form of emergency communication. In case of an emergency, if network access is available, dial 000 or 112.

    For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

    Before you visit

    Mount Fox, Girringun National Park is remote and help can be hours away. Remember to tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. Let them know your route and contact them on your safe return. Have a contingency plan in place if you fail to contact them by the agreed time. If you change your plans, inform them. Be aware that mobile phone coverage is limited.

    Essentials to bring

    No facilities are provided at Mount Fox, Girringun National Park. Visitors must be completely self-sufficient. For a safe and enjoyable visit is it advisable to bring:

    • a basic first-aid kit including a space blanket—know how to use it
    • adequate clothing. Be prepared for all weather conditions including rain
    • sturdy, reliable footwear. Make sure your footwear has been worn in before you start your walk
    • a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent
    • enough water for a day's walk
    • at least one form of communication equipment. Be aware that mobile phone coverage is limited.

    Opening hours

    Mount Fox, Girringun National Park is open 24 hours a day.

    The Mount Fox walking track may be closed during the wet season (between December and May). Additional closures may occur for management purposes.

    Permits and fees

    There are no permits or fees required to visit Mount Fox, Girringun National Park.

    Pets

    Please leave your pets at home; domestic animals are not permitted in Girringun National Park.

    Climate and weather

    The cooler months, from April to September, are the best times to visit Mount Fox. During this time, temperatures range from a minimum overnight temperature of five degrees Celsius to a daytime maximum temperature of 30 degrees Celsius.

    Rainfall is sparse at Mount Fox, although storms occur in summer. Contact the Bureau of Meteorology for the latest weather reports.

    Fuel and supplies

    Fuel and supplies are available from local towns such as Ingham and Townsville.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.