Camping is not allowed in the Park, however there are facilities in several nearby towns, and finding accommodation should not be too difficult if you’ve planned ahead. Although you can’t set up your tent within the grounds, there are plenty of fun activities to take part in during the day or night, since the Park is open twenty-four hours a day.
The biggest attraction to the Park is self-evident: Mt. Hypipamee itself is the remnant of a volcanic vent that has formed a lake at the bottom of a high-walled crater. The landmark is central to a very diverse ecosystem, and visitors to the site can enjoy watching all sorts of wildlife. Possums are of note, since the site is home to a particularly high concentration of possum breeds.
Park officials advise that if you want to see the local wildlife displayed to its full extent, you should go out looking at night. Bring a low-light flashlight to avoid scaring the animals away, and be aware that any noises you make are likely to scatter them in all directions! During the day most of the wildlife is sleeping and hidden away in dens; it is best to come out at night like they do, that way you stand a good chance of seeing some very interesting scenes.
Mt. Hypipamee supports incredible biodiversity; not just in possums and animals but in insects and flora as well. Several forest types exist adjacently within the Park and bring in daily admirers by the busload. Butterfly watching, bird watching, possum tracking, picnicking and hiking are the most popular activities in the park. None of these activities are of a particularly high degree of difficulty, but that is merely a consequence of the serene nature of Mt. Hypipamee. Visitors just want to mellow out and enjoy the scenery and wildlife! Since most travellers want to view the possums or other small creatures, they are very aware of the amount of noise they make and how they mesh with the natural environment. Picnickers and hikers are far more likely to catch an animal off guard than bikers or canoeists. Above all, Mt. Hypipamee is about the animals, at least for its human visitors.
The Park is situated in one of the hottest climates in Australia, so it is important to remember your sun gear when heading out. Sunblock, long-sleeved shirts and hats are a must in this weather, where you could start to burn after a mere twenty minutes in the sun. Be prepared!
Mt. Hypipamee is a fun day out, but it can also be a fun night out. If you’re into wildlife, peaceful views and geologically interesting sites you should definitely stop by the land of the Ngadjon-Jii and Jirrbal people. Track down some possums and butterflies, breath in the fresh air and enjoy the sun. You’ll have a great time!