Location - Tully, Far North Queensland, Australia
Distance - 5 km return
Time - 2 - 3 hours
This well-worn track takes hikers through tropical rainforest and eucalyptus scrub, climbing up the ridgeline to the summit where they will enjoy panoramic views of Tully township and a mosaic of cane and banana farms, the coastline and islands. Mt Tyson rises 687 m behind the town.
The first good view comes up after around 45 minutes and is known as "Flat Rock" at 570 m provides a lookout over Tully and the surrounding district. The "summit" comes up in another 15 minutes where the trail ends with great views over the "Scout's Rock" pinnacle. It is a reasonably strenuous walk but on a clear day both vantage points make the hike worthwhile.
Access to the walking track is from the council park at the end of Brannigan St near the a large water tank. The difficult walk taking up to three hours. Recommended for experienced hikers with a reasonable level of fitness.
Walkers are advised to register their walk plans at the Butler Street supermarket and to remove their name upon return. The board is checked at 6 pm to ensure that all walkers have returned. Take care at lookout and around steep slopes. This is cassowary territory which are potentially dangerous. Beware of stinging trees - large, heart-shaped leaves which result in a very painful sting when touched.
What to take
- 1-3 litres of water per person (no water on trail)
- Snacks for the top
- Reliable footwear
- First Aid Kit and PLB
The granite slopes of Mount Tyson are steep, with exposed rhyolite on the ridge crests. Rainforest with bull oak Cardwellia sublimis, rusty laurel Cryptocarya mackinnoniana and brown silky oak Darlingia darliniga occur on the deeper soils of the lower slopes and valleys. Patches of black she-oak Allocasuarina littoralis and pink bloodwood Corymbia intermedia woodland dominate the exposed ridges, with brush box Lophostemon confertus thickets growing in areas of shallow soil. At higher elevations, stunted and wind-sheared vegetation includes heath species like grass tree Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, grasses Gahnia spp. and scrambling coral fern Dicranopteris linearis.