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About Mount Fox

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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.

While most of the route is unsealed and the road up the range is narrow and windy, it can still 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 below 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.

Park features

A relic of north Queensland's volcanic past, Mount Fox is an isolated, well-preserved, dormant volcano, protected within the 215 hectare area of Mount Fox, Girringun National Park.

Plant communities in and around Mount Fox are restricted by the windy conditions and a landscape riddled with boulders. Despite this, small patches of vine-thicket rainforest persist. Lining small gullies around the outside of the crater, the vine-thicket rainforest provides essential habitat for the endangered Sharman's rock-wallaby.

Read more about the natural environment of Mount Fox, Girringun National Park.

Camping and accommodation

Camping is not permitted at Mount Fox, Girringun National Park. Camping is permitted nearby at Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park, and at Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around the towns between Townsville and Cairns. Options include hotels, motels, bed and breakfast, hostels, farm stays, eco-lodges, caravan parks and commercial camping areas.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Walking

Mount Fox—two kilometres return (allow 1–1.5 hours) Grade: difficult.

This steep climb takes visitors up the side of Mount Fox, offering views of the crater and the surrounding Kangaroo Hills countryside.

There is no marked or maintained track. This walk is for experienced walkers with a high level of fitness. Be prepared for a steep climb on unstable, slippery surfaces.

Things to know before you go

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.

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.

Looking after the park

Please assist QPWS to look after this special place. Please follow these guidelines:

  • do not chase, scare or feed animals
  • take all rubbish home with you, including food scraps
  • a total fire ban covers this area. All fires, including barbecues and gas stoves, are prohibited
  • toilets are not provided. Always use a trowel to bury toilet waste and biodegradable paper. Dig a 15 centimetre deep hole at least 100 metres away from watercourses and tracks. Take all sanitary items with you as they do not decompose
  • firearms are prohibited
  • remember, this is a national park—everything is protected.

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

Park management

Originally gazetted as Mount Fox National Park in 1965, this section now forms part of Girringun National Park. It is managed by QPWS for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation.

Tourism information links

Flinders Mall Information Centre (Townsville Enterprise Ltd)
www.townsvilleonline.com.au
Flinders Mall, Townsville Qld 4810
ph (07) 4721 3660 or 1800 801 902
fax (07) 4726 2700
email

Tyto Wetlands Information Centre
www.tyto.com.au
Bruce Highway, Ingham Qld 4850
ph (07) 4776 4792
fax (07) 4776 3039
email

Rainforest and Reef Information Centre
www.greatgreenwaytourism.com
142 Victoria Street, Cardwell 4849
ph (07) 4066 8601
fax (07) 4066 8116
email
A partnership between QPWS and the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, managed by Great Green Way Tourism Incorporated.

For information on road conditions contact:
RACQ (The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland)
www.racq.com.au (see Travel>Maps and Conditions>Road Conditions)
ph 1300 130 595 for 24 hour road reports

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

Further information

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Last updated
20 October 2011