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About Black Mountain

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Getting there and getting around

Black Mountain is on Cape York Peninsula. The car park and lookout are 25 km south-west of Cooktown on the Mulligan Highway.

When approaching from the south, travel along the Peninsula Developmental Road to Lakeland Downs. From here turn onto the Mulligan Highway and head north-east towards Cooktown. These roads are sealed and are suitable for conventional vehicles for most of the year. Heavy rain during the wet season may result in localised flooding, closing the roads for short periods of time..

Approaching from the north, the Peninsula Developmental Road to Lakeland Downs is mostly unsealed. Always drive according to prevailing conditions. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended for this route.

May to October is the best time to travel on Cape York Peninsula. Many roads and tracks become impassable during the hotter, wet season months from late November to April.

Contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads for local road conditions and the Bureau of Meteorology for updated weather reports.

Wheelchair accessibility

The viewpoint at the carpark is wheelchair accessible.

Park features

At the northern end of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Black Mountain National Park contains an imposing mountain range of black granite boulders. These formidable boulders, some the size of houses, stack precariously on one another—appearing to defy both gravity and logic.

The wet tropics and drier savanna/woodland regions meet in this park, making it a refuge for wildlife. The extraordinary combination of flora and geomorphology provides a habitat for an unusual range of wildlife, including species that are endemic (entirely confined) to this boulder-jumbled mountain.

Known as Kalkajaka (meaning 'place of spear'), Black Mountain is an important meeting place for the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people and is the source of many Dreaming stories. The mountain is also a feature of local non-Aboriginal folklore.

Read more about the nature, culture and history of Black Mountain National Park.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in this national park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Cooktown. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Lookout

A lookout on the eastern side of the crest of the Black Mountain boulder field is the only public assess to the park. Signs at the lookout tell of the geology, natural environment, culture and history of the area.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • binoculars for better wildlife viewing
  • a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • drinking water
  • rubbish bags—bins are not provided.

Opening hours

Black Mountain National Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, weather permitting. Many roads and tracks become impassable during the hotter, wet season months from late November to April.

Permits and fees

Permits are required for all commercial or organised events. Contact us for more information.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Black Mountain National Park.

Climate and weather

Cape York's seasons are divided into 'the wet' and 'the dry'. During the wet, the area can be deluged by heavy monsoonal storms, rain depressions and cyclones. Winter temperatures can drop below 10 °C and summer temperatures can soar beyond 40 °C. Typical temperatures are however, 18–26 °C in winter and 23–32 °C in summer, usually with high humidity.

May to October is the best time to travel on Cape York Peninsula. Many roads and tracks become impassable during the hotter, wet season months from late November to April. Contact Department of Transport and Main Roads for local road conditions. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Cooktown. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

  • Do not risk injury by venturing onto the boulder field—people have been injured and have died trying to climb Black Mountain.
  • Wear a hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirt and sunscreen, even on cloudy days, to avoid sunburn.

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

Looking after the park

Please assist the Traditional Owners and rangers to look after this special place.

  • Do not break, alter or deface the rocks.
  • Leaves pets at home. Domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Remember, this is a national park—everything is protected.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Black Mountain National Park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. It is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with the Wet Tropics Management Authority, to preserve and protect the area's natural condition and cultural resources and values.

Tourism information links

Nature’s Powerhouse Visitor Information Centre
www.cooktownandcapeyork.com
Cooktown Botanic Gardens, Cooktown QLD 4895
ph (07) 4069 6004
email info@cooktowns.com

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
22 March 2017