Mt Fox is a place of incredible contrasts, from the tropical rainforests, open woodlands to the edge of the desert where the flat plain continues almost unabated until the coast 6000km west
The diversity of landscapes provide habitats for an incredible range of flora and fauna and combined with the elevation, brings cooler temperatures; Mt Fox is Hinchinbrook's hidden gem.
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 winding, it can still be accessed using a conventional vehicle. In summer, storms may restrict access to four-wheel-drive vehicles. Contact the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre for up to date information on road conditions.
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.
Camping and accommodation
Camping is not permitted at Mount Fox, Girringun National Park. Camping is permitted nearby at Mount Fox Cricket Grounds, Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park or at Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest.
There is a range of holiday accommodation in Hinchinbrooks. To find out more visit:
Things to do
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. The Mount Fox walking track may be closed during the wet season (between December and May). Additional closures may occur for management purposes.
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.
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 Meteorologyfor the latest weather reports.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available from local towns such as Ingham and Townsville.
- 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.