Just over 100kms north of Cairns, in the heart of the Daintree, lies Cape Tribulation. Lose your mobile phone reception and spend 2, 3, 4 or more days on the beach in the rainforest.
There are plenty of activities to take part in including kayaking, tree surfing, horse riding, night time animal watching and visiting more untouched parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Day tour – Uncle Brians
1 day Cape Tribulation Tour$165.00 Add to cart
Cape Tribulation Tour and Stay 2 days 1 night$188.00 – $252.00 Select options
Guided Night Walk$45.00 Add to cart
Jungle Surfing in Cape Tribulation$95.00 – $150.00 Select options
Cape Tribulation Horse Ride$70.00 – $110.00 Select options
Half Day Reef Trip on Ocean Safari$94.00 – $445.00 Select options
Sit back on the beach at Cape Tribulation. Soon you’ll see sea turtles popping their heads up to breathe right in front of you. Cape Tribulation is a stunning place and you’re going to love it.
Two World Heritage Parks Meet
Where else in the world are you going to find a place with two World Heritage Listed National Parks coming together? Cape Tribulation is where The Great Barrier Reef joins with the fabulous Daintree Rainforest. The Daintree is the oldest living rainforest in the world - 150 million years old - that’s 65 million years older than the Amazon Jungle. It contains over 90% of Australia’s most endangered animal species and 98% of endangered fungi.
Wildlife of Cape Tribulation
This country is home to the flightless bird, the cassowary. It’s the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu. This country is a place where tourism and nature work hand in hand. The numbers of cassowary are steadily increasing along with visitors to the area. There is so much wildlife here, you’ll see dolphins, hump back whales(during migration), dugongs, marsupials and beautiful tropical fish.
Historic Landing Place for James Cook
Without Cape Tribulation it is possible Europeans may never have settled in Australia. It was at Cape Tribulation that James Cook came ashore to arrange repairs for the ship, The Endeavour. He'd hit a reef north-east of the Cape. Without these repairs they would have been shipwrecked. Cook wouldn’t have returned to England and Australia may not have been settled at that time. This is how Cape Tribulation got it’s name because this is where Cook had all his tribulations.
The Daintree Blockade
This area is also famous for a more recent historical event - The Daintree Blockade. The fight to save the Daintree was Australia's second biggest environmental campaign after the Franklin River campaign. The famous blockade of 1983 helped draw attention to the area which later received World Heritage protection. There is a history walk where you can hear stories about how a dedicated group of concerned conservationists stopped the bulldozers and saved the area for future generations.
So Much To Do
There are some great things to do at Cape Tribulation. You can go horse riding on the beach. You can try a jungle surf through the forest. You can do a guided rain forest walk. You can go out on a Kayak and come up close to dolphins and sea turtles right near the resort. You can cool off with a swim in the fresh water swimming holes. You can swim at the beach or go snokelling and scuba diving.
There is an excellent reef trip that leaves from Cape Tribulation. It goes out to explore two pristine reef areas. Unlike the very crowded reef tours out of Cairns, these only take twenty-five people at a time. You’ll see the healthy and stunning Undine Reef and Mackay Reef.
There’s some good accommodation options at Cape Tribulation. The Beach House offers backpackers dorm accommodation and private cottages about 10m from the beach. This is a very popular place for all sorts of people so don’t be surprised if you bump into a movie star as you stroll to the beach. If you are feeling social you can join your friends down on the beach for a bonfire at night.
Where To Eat
The Tides Bar and Restaurant at the The Beach House is a great spot to eat. If you are feeling a little more cashed up you can stroll to a restaurant called Wet which offers fine dining in the rainforest setting. Check out Mason's Cafe for some amazing emu, kangaroo or crocodile burgers.
Generally the road is open all year around. It’s probably a good idea to check for flood and cyclone warnings if you are coming during the wet season in the summer months.
Most people stay about three nights. This is a perfect place to unwind, so if you’ve been traveling for a while why not stay longer? Bring mosquito repellent and closed shoes. Grab a backpack and go exploring. The walks really are fantastic. See places like Mount Sorrow and Imogen Creek. You’ll love it. There’s no mobile service at Cape Tribulation but we reckon you’ll be too busy having fun to even notice.