Mount Sorrow ridge trail, Daintree National Park

This trail climbs from the coastal lowlands of Cape Tribulation, up the rainforest-clad ridge of Mount Sorrow to a lookout offering views of the beautiful Daintree coastline, Snapper Island and beyond.

 

Getting there and getting around

 

The Mount Sorrow ridge trail is within the Cape Tribulation Section of Daintree National Park. Travel 104km north of Cairns via the Cook Highway to the Daintree River crossing. The ferry operates 6am–midnight every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday, with occasional breaks in service for extreme floods or mechanical repairs. Fees apply for the ferry crossing.
Beyond the ferry, travel about 36km to the Kulki day use area within the Cape Tribulation Section of Daintree National Park. Conventional two-wheel-drive access is possible. The road is narrow and winding, and towing a caravan is not recommended. The unsealed road north from Cape Tribulation to Bloomfield is only suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles due to steep grades and creek crossings. Drive slowly and keep watch for wildlife crossing the road.
The start of the marked walking trail is signposted and is located on the Bloomfield Road, 150m north of the Kulki day use area turn-off. A gravel pull off is located directly opposite the start of the trail. Parking is available at the Kulki day use area.

 

Staying safe

The Mount Sorrow ridge trail is difficult and walkers must be well prepared and responsible for their own safety. Consider your ability and the trail conditions carefully before setting out.
>>Ensure that someone is aware of where you are going and when you expect to return.
>>Always keep to the marked trail as walkers have been lost in this area.
>>This is a very steep and difficult trail. Walkers need to be fit, self-reliant and well prepared.
>>Never walk this trail alone. Groups of four are recommended.
>>There is no water available along the trail. Walkers should carry 3–4 litres of water per person and remember to drink regularly to avoid heat stress.
>>Leeches are usually present in leaf litter and wet vegetation. For protection against leeches wear enclosed footwear and long pants.
>>Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen and a long–sleeved shirt.
>>Wear insect repellent, clothing and shoes to protect yourself from stings, scratches and bites.
>>Be aware that lawyer vine is found alongside the trail. This plant has hooks that can catch on clothing and skin and cause scratches.
>>Take care around cassowaries. These large birds are potentially dangerous.

 

Looking after the park

>>Please do not pull yourself up steep sections of the trail using vegetation, as plants may be damaged.
>>Always stay on the trail. Do not cut corners or create new trails as this leads to erosion and adjacent areas may be unstable.
>>Toilets are not provided. Use a trowel to bury toilet waste and paper. Dig a 15cm hole at least 100m away from the trail. Take all sanitary items with you — they do not decompose.
>>Everything in the park is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
>>Littering the park is prohibited, as litter is unsightly and harmful to wildlife — please carry your rubbish out of the park.
>>Do not disturb or feed wildlife.

 

Further information

 

QPWS Cairns Information Centre
5B Sheridan St, Cairns
PO Box 2066, Cairns QLD 4870
ph (07) 4046 6600
fax (07) 4046 6751

 

EPA Customer Service Centre
160 Ann Street, Brisbane
PO Box 15155, City East QLD 4002
ph (07) 3227 8185
fax (07) 3227 8749

 

Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

 

 

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