Covering an area of 346km², the Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park surrounds the township of Lockhart River. Designated a national park in 1977, the area is the traditional home of the Kuuku Ya’u people who continue to maintain a strong cultural and spiritual link to this area.
The park is located on the eastern coast of Cape York Peninsula and boasts breathtaking views from its beaches, headlands and the peak of the range which rises 543m above sea level. The Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park is recognised internationally as being ecologically significant as it contains the largest remaining area of lowland rainforest in Australia.
There are many things to do during a visit to Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park. There are a number of ‘easy’ graded walking tracks of varying length and a network of internal roads suitable for four-wheel driving and trail bike and mountain bike riding adventures.
The park is rich with a wide array of wildlife which can be viewed both day and night.
Camping facilities are located at four different locations with toilets at Chilli Beach and Cooks Hut. Permits must be acquired prior to entering the park and fees apply.
For visitors seeking to travel off gazetted roads and outside National Park boundaries onto traditional country, it is a cultural and legal imperative that permission is sought and granted from the Traditional Owners. Whilst visiting traditional country, there are a range of important cultural protocols which must be adhered to and the Traditional Owners are able to share this information whilst also providing an insight into the special value the area has to them.
If you are intending to travel off gazetted roads and outside of national park boundaries onto traditional country, contact the Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council’s Cultural Liaison Officer on 07 4060 7000.