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Getting there and getting around

Looking north along the coast from Clump Mountain National Park. Photo: Greg Watson.

Looking north along the coast from Clump Mountain National Park. Photo: Greg Watson.

Clump Mountain National Park is 4.6km north of the town of Mission Beach on the Bingil Bay Road. Access to Mission Beach travelling north from Townsville is via the Tully–Mission Beach Road, or south from Cairns via the El Arish–Mission Beach Road.

The Bicton Hill circuit track is the only accessible part of Clump Mountain National Park. The park entrance, carpark and beginning of the walking track are 2km past the Clump Point jetty, 500m south of Bingil Bay.

Other parts of Clump Mountain National Park are not accessible.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities at Clump Mountain National Park.

Park features

The Bicton Hill summit offers views over the Family Islands National Park. Photo: Julie Swartz, Queensland Government.

The Bicton Hill summit offers views over the Family Islands National Park. Photo: Julie Swartz, Queensland Government.

Clump Mountain National Park contains some of the few remaining patches of undisturbed tropical lowland rainforest in North Queensland. This forest type once grew extensively throughout these coastal lowlands but, 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 European people. It is 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 in Devon, England.

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 Mission Beach and the nearby towns of Tully and Cardwell. For more information see the tourism information links.

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.

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. 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 creek at 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.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

To ensure an enjoyable visit, please bring:

  • sufficient drinking water
  • protective clothing, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun
  • suitable shoes for walking on rough surfaces
  • insect repellent to proect against insect bites
  • binoculars—helpful for spotting wildlife.

Opening hours

Bicton Hill circuit track, Clump Mountain National Park, is open 24hrs a day, all year round. There is a restricted access area at the Garners Beach QPWS workshop on Garners Beach Road.

Permits and fees

Permits are required for commercial or organised group activities. Contact us for further information.

Pets

Please leave your pets at home. Domestic animals are prohibited in Clump Mountain National Park.

Climate and weather

The Mission Beach area, including Clump Mountain National Park, has a tropical climate. Summer can be hot, humid and wet, with maximum temperatures reaching over 35°C. The cooler months from May to September are the best times to visit. During this time it is generally warm, with reduced humidity, and steady south-east trade winds.

For more information see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Mission Beach and nearby Tully and El Arish townships. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

Remember to make safety a priority when visiting this national park.

  • Stay on the track and take care on loose and uneven walking track surfaces, particularly in wet conditions.
  • Take care around cliffs and steep slopes along the walking track, and at lookouts.
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, protective clothing and study footwear.
  • Always carry water and try to walk in the cooler part of the day.
  • As you walk, allow plenty of time and rest often as heat exhaustion can affect all walkers.

Be cass-o-wary

Cassowaries, which are often seen in Clump Mountain National Park, are potentially dangerous. Avoid unnecessary risks and help protect cassowaries by following these guidelines:

  • never approach cassowaries
  • never approach chicks—male cassowaries will defend them
  • never feed cassowaries—it is illegal and dangerous and has caused cassowary deaths
  • always discard food scraps in closed bins
  • always slow down when driving in cassowary territory
  • never stop your vehicle to look at cassowaries on the road
  • keep dogs behind fences or on a leash; dogs are not permitted in national parks.

Avoid contact with tar trees

Beware of tar trees Semecarpus australiensis that are found in coastal areas. Contact with the tree, particularly the tar-like sap, causes severe blistering. Resembling cashews, the fruits are set in a succulent, orange stem and have an irritating skin. Contact with all parts of this tree, which looks like a mango tree, should be avoided.

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

Looking after the 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.

Park management

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.

Tourism information links

Mission Beach Business & Tourism
www.missionbeachtourism.com
Porters Promenade, Mission Beach QLD 4852
ph (07) 4068 7099
email 

Tully Visitor and Heritage Centre
www.tropicalcoasttourism.com.au
Bruce Highway, Tully QLD 4854
ph (07) 4068 2288
email 

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

Further information

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Last updated
28 March 2017