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.... more
Enjoy Black Mountain from the lookout on the eastern side of the crest of the Black Mountain boulder field. Signs at the lookout tell of the geology, natural environment, culture and history of the area. There is no other access to the park.
Do not risk injury by venturing onto the boulder field - people have been injured and have died trying to climb Black Mountain.... less
The viewing area and car park are beside the road.
How To Get There
The car park and lookout are 25 kilometres south-west of Cooktown on the Mulligan Highway.
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 degrees Celsius and summer temperatures can soar beyond 40 degrees Celsius. Typical temperatures are, however, 18 to 26 degrees Celsius in winter and 23 to 32 degrees Celsius 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.
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