Mount Yarrabah | Cairns – Complete Hiking Guide 2020


Mount Yarrabah Lookout

The area 30 km south of Cairns, has become known as East Trinity and its beauty is one of Cairns best-kept secrets.  It hosts some of the most incredible mountains, waterfalls and beaches that our region has to offer and almost within a cooee of the hustle and bustle of downtown Cairns.

To be frank, it is quite unbelievable that more people haven’t copped onto the area.

To access this Mount Yarrabah Lookout, drive south from Cairns and before Gordonvale take the road on the left-hand side signposted to Yarrabah.  On the right-hand side as you drive down Yarrabah Road you will see a volcanic intrusion called Green Hill.

Fun fact that the formation of this geological landmark resulted in the diversion of the Mulgrave River away from the Trinity Inlet causing it to join up with the Russel River at Russell Heads.

Continue down Yarrabah Road for approximately 21 km, and you notice that the road starts to follow the edge of Malbon Thompson Range of heavily forested woodland and from here you can look across the inlet to see Cairns City.

Panoramic yarrabah

Continuing along the Pine Creek Yarrabah Road, past the sign for Browns Bay and you will notice the bitumen road descending down steeply for about 4.5km towards Yarrabah.  Before you arrive at Yarrabah Aboriginal Community, you have to take the 4WD track on the left-hand side of the road. Continue along this road for approximately 1.5 km where you will reach a locked gate where you can park up.

yarrabah to fitzroy island

From this point, it is approximately 40-60 minutes hike up a quite steep but scenic track that follows the communication towers. At the top of Mount Yarrabah, the views are extremely unique of the coastline to the south of Cairns towards Fitzroy Island.

Steph Yarrabah

An obvious point to note is to not go near or interfere with the transmission/reception towers and to kindly consider any deterrent signs.  Be considerate to the natural habitat and wildlife and aware that this is snake and toad territory.

cane toad

Points to remember, water, sunscreen and a hat because there is not very much shade at the lookout and you will want to take your time up there to soak in the incredible views. 

There is no bush bashing required on this 3.2 km hike as you are simply following the unsealed road up to the communication tower but just pay heed to the fact it is a little steep in some sections. Perfect cheeky afternoon adventure if you are so inclined.

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