Bicton Hill circuit track, Clump Mountain National Park. 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.... more
Cyclone Yasi damaged much of the canopy along the track—there is little shade along the way. Always carry water and try to walk in the cooler part of othe day. Take care on uneven surfaces, around cliffs and steep slopes, and at lookouts, especially in wet conditions. Cassowaries are often seen and are potentially dangerous. Avoid unnecessary risks and be cass-o-wary.
Distance: 3.9 kilometres return.
Time: Allow 2-2.5 hours walking time.
Grade: moderate.... less
Take plenty of drinking water. Wear a hat and sunscreen.
How To Get There
Clump Mountain National Park is 4.6 kilometres 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 park entrance, carpark and beginning of the walking track are two kilometres past the Clump Point jetty, 500 metres south of Bingil Bay.
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 degrees Celsius. 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.
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