Devil’s Thumb Hike – Manjal Jimalji Trail

Get off the beaten track with this challenging but exhilarating hike to the Devil's Thumb in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest.
Port Douglas, Australia
10–12 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
6:00 am to 5:00 pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
11 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
What's Included

  • Get up to $20 cash back per person when you book with us
  • 10-12 hr guided hike along the Manjal Jimalji Trail to Devil's Thumb, taking in the varied landscape from meandering rivers and lowland forests to feilds of coral ferns
  • Breathtaking views from the summit across the Main Coast Range, the coastline and the Coral Sea
  • Gourmet picnic lunch to replenish your energy levels
  • A passionate local guide to lead you on this incredible hike & give you interpretive commentary
  • Return transfers from Port Douglas, Mossman & Palm Cove 

Where we Visit:

  • Daintree National Park
  • Manjal Jimalji Trail
  • Devil's Thumb
What to Expect

Explore the hidden cloud forests of the Daintree National Park, on this hike along the Manjal Jimalji Trail to Devil's Thumb. Located north of Mossman Gorge; in the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park, this challenging but rewarding 10km-return hike is steep but offers guests a truly unique experience. 


As you make your way up the trail, walk through a variety of terrain ranging from lowland rainforest to a coral fern-dotted clearing 1000m up. This world is rarely seen by humans. Covered in mosses, lichen and fascinating fungi; the cloud forests of the Wet Tropics are a wonderland! Keep an eye out for unique plants and animals, as this ancient landscape is filled with an exotic array of flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world!


To reach the top, you’ll need to navigate through diverse landscapes of rainforest rocks and tree roots. Scramble over boulders to reach the lookout of Devils Thumb; a large boulder overhanging the rainforest below. With unrivalled views of the Daintree Rainforest to the north, and the Coral Sea to the east, the hard work really really pays off.


You'll also get to enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic lunch, which is the perfect way to replenish your energy while you pause to take in the views and the reward of all your hard work. 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Shoes with good grip suitable for walking longer distances on uneven terrain (may get wet)
  • Hat & Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Long sleeved sun-shirt
  • Any personal medication
  • Spare change of clothes
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The Manjal Jimalji trail is 10.6km (6.5 mi) return and takes approx. 8-10 hours to complete. This is only suitable for fit and active individuals.

  • Due to the region's weather, this tour will only operate between May – October. Dates outside of this will only be considered if the weather is suitable
  • This tour is weather dependant, a full refund will be offered if cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
  • Not recommended if pregnant
  • No knee, ankle, hip issues/injuries
  • A high level of fitness is required and good mobility
  • Must be able to walk/climb over uneven terrain
  • Closed-toed shoes are required; preferably hiking shoes.
  • The minimum age to participate is 11 years old
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All guests are required to complete a medical declaration form & sign our liability waiver to participate in this tour.

Assumption of risks

Your safety is our number one priority. However, there will always be risks involved with participating in recreational activities. By signing our liability waiver, you acknowledge that there are numerous risks you may face during your involvement in the activities.

Medical declaration

For safety reasons, some medical conditions, disabilities or impairments may exclude participants from our hiking tours.

If our guides deem it unsafe for you to participate, you will not be able to continue on the tour.

If you have any concerns, please contact us before booking, as refunds are not garanteed and are at the discretion of Back Country Bliss management.

Prior to your tour, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire and sign our liability waiver.

All persons under 18 years must have the Medical Declaration & Waiver Release signed by a parent or guardian.

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This is a challenging 8-10 hour hike, only suitable for fit and active individuals. We gain 750m in elevation over the first 3km. Once we reach the 3.5km mark, the trail does ease off as we are on top of the range.

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After the first 3.5km of uphill walking, the rainforest opens up to a large clearing. This area will be used as a turnaround point if guests are not up to the challenge of reaching Devil’s Thumb, or your guide feels there won’t be enough time left in the day.

The Coral fern patch provides incredible views, very similar to those on top of Devil’s Thumb. We can spend more time exploring this area, before heading back down to the vehicle.

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Although we cross a small creek at the start, there are no swimming holes located along the rest of the trail.

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From Port Douglas, the tour is approx 12 hours including transfers.

On average, we take 8-10 hours to complete the trail. This includes many breaks and plenty of photo opportunities.

Group size, weather and fitness levels can change the time taken to complete.

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While the rainforest loves the rain, we may need to cancel if any storms are predicted. We will keep you updated on any changes as we approach your tour date. If we cancel the tour, a full refund will be provided.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • This is a challenging 8-10 hour hike, only suitable for fit and active individuals. All participants must be able to walk and climb over uneven terrain
  • This tour is very weather dependant, a full refund will be offered if cancelled due to adverse weather conditions
  • This tour is not recommended for pregnant women, or people with knee, ankle, hip issues/injuries
  • The minimum age is 11 years. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Prior to your tour, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire and sign our liability waiver.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations outside of 72 hours from departure — no charge
  • Cancellations within 48-72 hours before departure — 50% charge
  • Cancellations less than 48 hours before departure, or no show — 100% cancellation fee applies
  • Date changes are free of charge but must be received by email or phone, 48 hours prior to tour departure
  • All changes are subject to availability and made at the discretion of the operator
  • Rain can influence the safety and overall enjoyment of this tour. If we cancel a trip any monies will be refunded in full

Pickup Locations
  • -- PALM COVE PICKUPS +$25PP --
  • At The Mango Tree Port Douglas
  • Balboa Apartments
  • Barrier Reef Tavern
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