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Mt Fox-Girringun National Park

What's special?

Mt Fox is a dormant volcano which erupted violently 100,000 years ago, spewing thick molten magma over the surrounding landscape. Today, rocks known as fusiform bombs can be seen in this section of Girringun National Park. These bombs, some more than 1m across, are smooth on the side exposed to the air while being ejected and have deep grooves on the other side.

The volcanic crater is covered in stunted trees and sparse grasses. Vine thicket grows in a steep gully on the southern slopes. Open eucalypt woodland of bloodwoods is the most common vegetation type.

The tussock grasses shelter many animals including rufous bettongs, skinks and ground-dwelling birds like the little button-quail.

Exploring Mt Fox

Go for a scenic drive to Mt Fox while camping at nearby Wallaman Falls or Broadwater in Abergowrie State Forest. Have a bush picnic.

Self-sufficient visitors can bush camp at Mt Fox. Take fresh water and a fuel stove for cooking. Remove your rubbish. Visit in the cooler months, April to September.

Walking

Only fit, experienced walkers should attempt the climb up Mt Fox. There are no formed tracks. The 2km return trail from the carpark to the top of the crater takes about 40 minutes each way.

Getting there

Mt Fox is 75km south-west of Ingham. Take the Trebonne Road from Ingham to the Wallaman Falls/Mt Fox turnoff at Trebonne. Follow this road for 14km to the Stone River/Mt Fox turnoff. The turnoff to Mt Fox Road is a further 7km. Follow the Mt Fox Road up the range. The turnoff to Mt Fox crater is about 1 km past the Mt Fox School. The park is 2km from the turnoff and the craterís base is a further 2km along a bush track. The access road is unsuitable for caravans. Four-wheel-drive is recommended in the wet season.

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