Devils Thumb

Far North Queensland

A long, steep and tiring ascent up and over a mountain to get to the enormous granite rock feature that overlooks Port Douglas and beyond. Quite possibly the best lookout in North Queensland!!

Scrambling or Climbing
Navigation Required
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

Drive to the end of Karnak Road - Whyanbeel. There you will see an obvious trailhead with a few spots to park. 

Route/Trail notes

The start of the walk actually crosses private property, however the landowners have nicely allowed National Parks to mark the track through their land into National Park territory. Make sure to show respect, as everything before the creek crossing is privately owned. From the creek crossing the track begins to steeply ascend the range. Get used to the incline, because it's roughly 950 meters of relentless uphill until you get your first break. Upon reaching this elevation you will enter the Coral Fern Patch which is open enough to allow you to get some sensational views of the coastline. From here follow the muddy track cut into the ferns into the next rainforest section. This section is a bit trickier to navigate so definitely keep an eye out for ribbons. After reaching the high point (where there is nothing of any interest) you will descend to a section of massive boulders. The final part of this adventure involves climbing up a boulder using tree roots, then crossing a fallen tree from one boulder to another (ropes are in place to support this crossing), and then climbing up to the top of the Devils Thumb. Here you will be rewarded with breath-taking views - so long as you go on a day with perfect weather forecast. 


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Hot and hot

Chris Wilson on 11 Sep, 2022

This was an amazing adventure, so glad I did it! If I had to compare it to anything I would say it was very similar to Mt Bartle Frere. Lots and lots of uphill on the way there, and lots and lots of downhill on the way down, so prepare your knees for a hard day. I made it to the top in 3hrs but I didn't take any breaks. Whilst it was steep, it was pretty consistent so you could get in a bit of a groove. I found it to be very well marked so didn't have any issues losing the track. The climbing section at the top was fun, nothing overly difficult. Saw a few people out and about but nowhere near as many as I saw on Mt Sorrow, or Walsh's Pyramid. Met the land owner on the way down, he was a really nice guy! Said he is happy for people to cross his property to visit the Devils Thumb so long as they don't rock up and start treating his backyard like a public park, kicking a football around and going for a swim in his dam (which has happened). So yeah, don't be that person.

Vonsnrub on 22 Jul, 2021


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