Many of the highest rainforest-clad mountains of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area are, for the most part, inaccessible. The 28 km Mount Lewis drive is a notable exception. Winding through rainforest-clad ridges and spurs, the road climbs to over 1,200 m before following the contours around the chain of peaks that form the watershed of the Mossman and Mitchell rivers.
Mount Lewis is a treasure trove of unique and endemic wildlife. Areas around Mount Lewis have high habitat and species diversity, especially animal life. The beautiful upland rainforest dates back to the evolution of flowering plants on earth. Some flowers are indicative of Australia’s link with the ancient landmass of Gondwana.
From Mount Molloy, travel north on the Mulligan Highway, turning right onto the Mossman–Mount Molloy Road just after crossing Rifle Creek. Drive for just over 10 km then turn left into Mount Lewis Road.
The road in the park is four-wheel drive only and is closed during wet weather to avoid damage to the road surface. There is no through access and visitors must return the way they came.
Mount Lewis National Park has no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Camping is not permitted in Mount Lewis National Park.
The best way to experience Mount Lewis National Park is by driving or riding the 56 km (return) Mount Lewis Road. Allow 3 hours driving or riding time. Starting at the entrance to the park, the rainforest drive climbs to over 1200 m before following the contours around the chain of peaks that form the watershed of the Mossman and Mitchell rivers. There is no through access and drivers and riders must return the way they came.
Drivers and riders must be licensed and trail-bikes and vehicles must be fully registered. Stay on formed roads—trail-bikes and vehicles are not permitted off-road.
The road is closed (at the gate) during wet weather to avoid damage to the road surface.