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Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park

Get back to nature amid rugged heath-covered ranges; the largest area of lowland tropical rainforest in Australia, rocky outcrops and long sweeping beaches in this remote and spectacular coastal park. As you enter the park, be amazed by the stunted heath of sheoaks, grevilleas, banksias and sedges, with the looming Iron Range and Tozer’s Gap in the distance. Stop at the Mount Tozer lookout and find hidden meaning in the heath-clad landscape as you learn about Aboriginal peoples’ spiritual connection to country, through the story of Kutini (cassowary).

Enjoy the cool closeness of rainforest and feel the thrill of spotting for the ‘big four’ wildlife ‘ticks’—spotted cuscus, green python, eclectus parrot and palm cockatoo—in their lowland rainforest refuge. Discover the half-forgotten war history of the Iron Range area. After miles of dusty roads, let the sea air revive you as you wander along the white quartz sands of wind-swept, boulder-dotted Chilli Beach, and revel in the remoteness of an ancient coastline. Walk north along the beach to view Restoration Island (now known as Ma’alpiku Island National Park (CYPAL) where Captain Bligh first landed on his journey following the mutiny on the Bounty.

Ranger’s tip: Book your camp site well in advance to make sure you don’t miss out because sites are limited.

Camping: Camp by a rainforest creek and listen to nocturnal rustlings at Rainforest, Cooks Hut and Gordon Creek camping areas, or behind the beach at Chilli Beach where the evening spectacle of metallic starlings flying overhead during winter provides magical entertainment.

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