Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

This walk offers expansive views over colourful heath country with Mount Tozer in the distance. Photo credit: Adam Creed © Queensland Government

Long sweeping beaches, lowland tropical rainforest and heath-covered ranges are features of Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL). Photo credit: © John Augusteyn

Mount Tozer viewing platform

Be captivated by views from the lookout of colourful heath-clad ranges with Mount Tozer rising impressively in the distance.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
140m return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 10mins walking time
Grade
Easy (walk)
Where
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Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (constructed)
  • Walking

Stroll through colourful heath to a lookout with scenic views over Mount Tozer, learning about the park's cultural and natural history along the way. Discover the Kukuu Ya’u people’s spiritual connection with the land through their Dreamtime stories and find out about the landscape’s geology. Cast your eyes over the peaceful heathlands and imagine scenes of violent volcanic activity 250 million years ago!

Look for heath plants such as carnivorous pitcher plants and pretty ground orchids. See if you can identify she-oaks with needle-like stems, grevilleas with orange flowers, banksias with papery leaves and woody seed pods, and Jacksonia shrubs with pretty purple-pink flowers.

Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) is jointly managed by the Northern Kuuku Ya'u Kanthanampu Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC Land Trust and the Queensland Government.

Getting there and getting around

The Mount Tozer viewing platform is in Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL), about 200km north of Coen on Cape York Peninsula.

  • From the park entrance, drive 2.7km along Portland Roads Road to the viewing platform.
  • You can access the park from the south via the Peninsula Developmental Road or from the north via the challenging and unpredictable Frenchmans Track.
  • For both routes, you need a high clearance 4WD with recovery gear and extra supplies; and you need to be proficient in four-wheel driving.
  • On Frenchmans Track your vehicle also needs a snorkel; and you should be experienced in challenging 4WD conditions.
  • If you're towing a trailer, take the Peninsula Developmental Road route; neither route is suitable for towing caravans.
  • Alcohol restrictions are in place in many of Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and apply to the towns and areas around Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL). For the latest information on restrictions, see Community alcohol limits. The camping areas in the park are outside the alcohol restriction zone.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Peninsula Developmental Road

  • Turn off the Peninsula Developmental Road onto Portland Roads Road, 35km north of the Archer River Roadhouse (175km south-west of Weipa), and drive 83km along this well-formed gravel road to the park entrance.

Frenchmans Track

  • Turn off the Telegraph Road onto Frenchmans Track, 22km south of Moreton Telegraph Station, and drive 52km to the intersection with Portland Roads Road, then turn left onto Portland Roads Road and travel a further 13km to the park entrance.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Mount Tozer viewing platform is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Seasonal closures

The park may be closed during the wetter summer months.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) safely and Walk with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.