Cape Tribulation is one of the truly magnificent areas of Australia.
Lush tropical rainforests, crystal clear swimming creeks, long sandy
beaches and plenty of things to see and do. It can be busy at times
but a visit to North Queensland would not be complete without spending
at least a day in Cape Tribulation. Going for a horse ride along
the beach at sunset is hard to beat.
Part of the Port Douglas Shire, 3800 people in total.
from closest major city
Approximately 140 km north of Cairns (well sign posted but does
involve crossing the Daintree River by car ferry).
Cape Tribulation was named by Captain Cook as this was the area
where his vessel, the Endeavour ran aground on the Great Barrier
Reef. Other areas that reflected his despair at the time include
Mt Sorrow and Weary Bay. This was obviously not a pleasant part
of the Endeavour's journey.
River Crossing, Cape Tribulation
of the town
Cape Tribulation is a National Park and there is no real centre.
Cow Bay is just north of the Daintree Ferry and there are small
pockets of settlement located along the main road. There are magnificent,
wide beaches with very clear, blue water. The rainforest joins the
sandy beaches making it unique as an area where two World Heritage
areas meet. Cape Tribulation has a special feel to it and those
people that love nature and the outdoors will really enjoy this
Great beaches, great rainforest and stunning scenic lookouts sum
up Cape Tribulation. There are freshwater creeks that are hidden
in rainforest clad valleys. These are perfect for a cool swim and
they are stinger and crocodile free (but always check for warning
signs before swimming).
Like most National Park areas, activities revolve around bush walking,
swimming and exploring. There are a number of tour operators working
in the area that provide diving and reef trips, fishing, horse riding
and guided bush walks. The Marrdja Botanical Walk is an excellent
800m boardwalk at Noah Creek, which follows the Creek through the
rainforest. There are numerous day tours available from Cairns and
Port Douglas and Coral Coaches run scheduled services daily. If
you are planning to hire a car make sure that you are allowed to
take it across the Daintree Ferry to Cape Tribulation. If you are
not allowed you can lose your deposit crossing the Ferry as it is
considered off road.
» Visit Tours To Go’s extensive range of Cape Tribulation tours
Horse Riding, Cape Tribulation
Cape Tribulation has a good range of accommodation with most properties
taking full advantage of the rainforest setting by providing light
and airy rooms. Backpackers are very well catered for. Over the
past five years there has also been an increase in the amount of
three and four star resort style accommodation available. Due to
the remoteness of Cape Tribulation it is advisable to book your
accommodation beforehand from either Cairns or Port Douglas. There
are plenty of locations where you can camp in Cape Tribulation generally
with good facilities. You must camp in designated areas.
» Visit the Daintree Rainforest website’s Cape Tribulation accommodation
There are a number of good restaurants, cafes and roadside takeaway
stores. Most accommodation properties have a restaurant of some
» Visit Cairns Dining’s Daintree and Cape Tribulation sections
Services are generally quite limited in Cape Tribulation. If you
need anything in particular it is better to buy it and take it with
you. If you are planning to camp or cook your own meals the same
recommendation applies, take it with you.