Hi. I just thought I'd share the little I have managed to find out about climbing Thornton Peak.
For four years now I've stared up at that mountain, wanting to climb it, but I have always been told there is no route and I'd have to fight every inch of the way, so didn't explore options further, as I never take "fighting" gear to QLD.
This trip, however, we found a person who said there is an old track, and he told us how to get there. As it's a track we're talking about, I presume there's no harm in giving the details here.
Turn first left after you cross over the river on the ferry. This road goes along for quite a way. There's eventually a very tempting road called "Thornton Peak Rd". We hadn't been told to take it, but it sounded so alluring we tried anyway, but it was not what we needed.
Soon enough we came to a position that looks like that depicted in photo 1 below. Sorry for the lousy lighting, but we were there shortly after an early lunch, as we wanted to go up for several hours and only turn around when light forced us to, so had to face midday glare at the start. We were told it would be a 3-day hike, so this was just a recce.
Both roads tell you the property is private and that you should keep out. I went down the 'road' labelled 62, and found diamond markers that eventually turned off the road and onto a track. The track was very overgrown, and the one report I'd managed to find of climbing the mountain suggested taking secateurs, so I eventually gave up, figuring it would be fight the whole way and that I needed better gear.
In case our tiny recce helps you, I've posted it here.
I've also posted a picture of the "car on the beach" phenomenon I complained about in my blog. (See [url]natureloverswalks.blogspot.com[/url]