Rising above surrounding eucalypt woodlands, the conical Mount Fox is an ancient volcano with a large crater. Interesting geological features include large volcanic boulders known as fusiform bombs.
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.
There are no wheelchair-accessible tracks or facilities in this section of Girringun National Park.
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 Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park, and at Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest.
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.
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.