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Iron Range National Park - Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL)

This remote coastal park in northern Cape York Peninsula protects the largest area of lowland tropical rainforest in Australia. Rainforest and heath shrouded hills provide the backdrop to long sweeping beaches, mangrove forests and rocky outcrops.

Giant Ficus, Iron Range National Park. Courtesy of Tourism Queensland
Giant Ficus, Iron Range National Park, Queensland. Courtesy of Tourism Queensland
Located 752 km north of Cairns, access at the turn off 20 km north of the Archer River Roadhouse then it’s a 110 km (3-5 hour) drive to the Iron Range ranger station. 4WD only during the dry season (May-November).

The park is of major Aboriginal cultural significance with story places, ceremonial sites and occupation places dotted about the landscape and is part of the traditional country of the Kuuku Ya’u people.

Fishing is not permitted in any freshwater creeks or rivers within the park but is permitted at Chili Beach. Estuarine crocodiles live in the waterways of the park – be croc wise.

There is a 10km walking trail along the Claudie River and a viewing platform at Mount Tozer.

The park has prolific birdlife with endemics such as the eclectus parrot, red-cheeked parrots, Marshall’s fig parrots and frilled monarchs and more than 60% of Australia’s butterflies can be found at Iron Range.

Camping is allowed at Rainforest, Gordon Creek, Cook’s Hut and Chili Beach camping areas. Camping permits are required and can be obtained from the self-registration shelter at the Iron Range ranger station.

In July 2011 a historic agreement was signed - the name Iron Range N.P. was changed and Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL) will now be jointly managed by the Northern Kuuku Ya’u Kanthanampu Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC Land Trust and the Queensland Government in accordance with an Indigenous Management Agreement and other land management arrangements.

From February 2012, all camping in this park will need to be pre-booked.

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See a map of Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park (CYPAL)

Termite Mounds Iron Range National Park, Queensland. Courtesy of Tourism Queensland
Termite Mounds Iron Range National Park, Queensland. Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

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