Mount Sorrow ridge trail, Daintree National Park Tropical North Queensland

The Mount Sorrow Ridge trail is a difficult climb through dense rainforest, but the views are worth it! Photo credit: © Steven Nowakowski

Things to do

    View from Mount Sorrow lookout, Daintree National Park. Photo: Queensland Government

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    There is no camping permitted on the Mount Sorrow ridge trail.

    The closest campground is at Noah Beach, eight kilometres south of Cape Tribulation. Camping permits are required and fees apply. The camping area may be closed after heavy rain and throughout the wet season.

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of holiday accommodation—private camping areas, hostels, resorts and holiday units—throughout the area adjacent to Daintree National Park. For more information see the tourism information links.

    Walking

    Mount Sorrow ridge trail—seven kilometres return (Allow six hours) Grade: difficult

    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.

    The Mount Sorrow ridge trail is not for everyone. Although marked, walkers have been lost in this area. You must be prepared for a very steep and difficult trail with log scrambling required in some places. Only experienced bushwalkers with above average fitness should attempt this trail.

    Walk times are approximate only and based on travel in good weather conditions. You will need to adjust these times to suit your group's level of experience and fitness. The times are for walking only. Remember to allow plenty of extra time for rest stops, meal breaks and sightseeing. Distance markers have been placed at one kilometre intervals along the walk to help monitor your progress.

    Set off well before 10.00 am, to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and to allow time to return. Return via the same route. Leave the lookout before 2.00 pm to allow at least three hours of daylight for the return journey.

    Contact QPWS Mossman office for trail conditions.

    Trail notes

    0–1 kilometre: this section of the trail is fairly steep and partly obstructed by several large fallen trees. For the first few hundred metres the vegetation has a covering of dust from the Bloomfield Road. Fan palms (Licuala ramsayi) feature in this lowland rainforest with a pandanus understorey.

    1–2 kilometres: throughout this section, the trail undulates and requires ‘log hopping’ and stepping around roots. Several kinds of trees exhibit cauliflory, producing flower buds and fruit from their trunks, roots and main branches. Look for the large white flowers growing on the trunk of the Ryparosa kurrangii, a plant that is restricted in Australia to the area between Cape Tribulation and the Daintree River. Remember to look up to see epiphytes in the canopy.

    2–3 kilometres: this part of the trail ascends extremely steeply. It is narrow in places and uneven with rocks and tree roots covering the trail surface. In this upland rainforest, cycads are prominent along with bumpy satinash (Syzygium cormiflorum) and the slow-growing orania palm (Oraniopsis appendiculata). A species of a primitive club moss (Selaginella sp.) with layers of small fern-like fronds can also be seen in patches on the ground. At the base of the steep ridge, notice that the vegetation has become stunted due to wind-shearing.

    3 kilometres to the lookout: the final section of the trail passes through open forest dominated by acacias (wattles). From the lookout (680 metres elevation) views to the south-east encompass the Daintree coastline and Cape Tribulation township. Snapper Island and shadows of the fringing reefs along the coastline are spectacular sights on a clear day. Look for butterflies drifting around at this high elevation and birds such as spangled drongos and topknot pigeons flying past the lookout platform.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    There are no day-use areas along the Mount Sorrow ridge trail.

    Kulki day-use area at Cape Tribulation provides toilets and picnic tables. A boardwalk leads from the picnic area to a viewing platform overlooking the ocean and beach. A short walk from the Kulki car park takes you to beautiful Myall Beach.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.