A traditional owner group in far north Queensland is pleading with visitors not to climb to the summit of a popular hiking trail in the world's oldest surviving tropical rainforest.
Devil's Thumb offers a gruelling 10.6km trek up a peak in the Daintree National Park. Its spectacular panoramic scenery from the summit attracts bushwalkers from around the globe.
But the ABC reports the site is expected to close to the public altogether in the coming months as Eastern Kuku Yalanji traditional owners restrict access because of its sacred cultural significance.
"Don't get me wrong, we want to encourage our visitors to explore our beautiful country as much as they can," Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation chair Michelle Friday-Mooka said.
"It's just that there are some areas that we don't want visitors to have access to and that means something to us. "
The cultural significance of the site non-Indigenous people call Devil's Thumb is such that even many Eastern Kuku Yalanji people are not allowed to access it.
The summit in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park, which was handed back to traditional owners at a ceremony late last year.
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