Location - Girringun National Park, North Queensland, Australia
Grade - Grade 5, difficult, for experienced bushwalkers
Distance - ~7 km return
Time - Allow 7-12 hours return
Bishop Peak (855m) is a grassy summit with views out to Hinchinbrook Island. The area has a lot of resemblance with Hinchinbrook Island itself and Mount Diamantina's impressive granite boulders surrounding the landscape.
This area is Alan Watson's favourite, an ex-president of the Townsville Bushwalking Club.
How to get there
Drive towards Cardwell State Forest and find a place to park. Locate the ridgeline and start by walking to it through guinea grass (Megathyrsus maximuss) in the low country. Ascend the ridgeline and notice the vegetation change. Above 300 metres, the flora changes from eucalypt woodland to open grassland. Views out to Benjamin Flats, Hinchinbrook Island, and the Palm Island Group because visible at around 500 metres. On a clear day, you can see Waterfall Creek in the Paluma Range National Park.
Sunday Creek provides some glorious views across the landscape and fresh, drinking water.
This is a sensitive area, just like Hinchinbrook Island, and extra care needs to be taken when visiting the area.
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