Mount Lewis, one high rainforest-clad mountains of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, is a treasure trove of unique and endemic wildlife. The area between the Mount Lewis and Atherton Tableland is especially diverse. The beautiful upland rainforest dates back to the evolution of flowering plants on earth. Some flowers are indicative of Australia's link with the ancient landmass of Gondwana... more
Drive a four-wheel-drive or ride a mountain bike on the 56 kilometre (return) Mount Lewis Road. Starting at the entrance to the park, the rainforest drive climbs to over 1200 metres before following the contours around the chain of peaks that form the watershed of the Mossman and Mitchell rivers. Picnic at one of the creek crossings. Look for the Mount Lewis spiny crayfish in the creeks and blue-faced parrot-finches in grassy clearings and glades. Spot red-bellied black snakes basking on the road and huge blue earthworms coming to the ground's surface during wet weather.
Children are welcome.
How To Get There
From Cairns, travel north along the Captain Cook Highway. Turn left onto the Mossman-Mount Molloy Road (4 kilometres south of Mossman) and travel up the Rex Range. About 9 kilometres after the 'top lookout' on the range, turn right into Mount Lewis Road.
From Mount Molloy, travel north on the Mulligan Highway, turning right onto the Mossman-Mount Molloy Road just after crossing Rifle Creek. Drive for just over 10 kilometres then turn left into Mount Lewis Road.
The road in the park is four-wheel drive only and is closed during wet weather to avoid damage to the road surface. There is no through access and visitors must return the way they came.
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