Things to do
Camping is not permitted along the Manjal Jimalji trail.
There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Mossman, Port Douglas and Cairns.
For more information see the tourism information links.
The Manjal Jimalji trail is not for everyone. Although well marked, the trail has steep ascents and slippery surfaces and walkers must be prepared for rock scrambling in places. Only experienced bushwalkers with above average fitness should attempt this trail.
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Birdwatching can be particularly rewarding along this trail, due to the changes in forest type and altitude. The bird life changes significantly as you ascend along the trail. Through the lowland rainforest look for metallic starlings, yellow-spotted honeyeaters and the endangered southern cassowary. Listen for the 'wallock-woo' of the wompoo fruit-dove.
Once you reach 600m in elevation, about 2km along the trail, keep watch for fernwrens, grey-headed robins and chowchillas—these birds are generally restricted to altitudes above 600m, so catching sight of them or hearing them call is a treat for walkers.
At higher altitudes walkers should keep watch for golden bowerbirds, tooth-billed bowerbirds and white-cheeked honeyeaters—unique to rainforest areas above 900m.
Black-bellied swamp snakes and venomous rough-scaled snakes often bask in the sun. Never provoke, harass or disturb these animals. Remember, this is a national park—all animals, including snakes, are protected.