Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park
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In this section of the Daintree National Park, steep rainforested mountains sweep down to long sandy beaches and turquoise coastal waters. One of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, this park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the coastal waters are within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. At Cape Tribulation, rainforest meets reef, and two world heritage areas collide, in spectacular style! This section of the park stretches in a narrow strip from the Daintree River in the south to the Bloomfield River in the north and the dense upland rainforest that cloaks the coastal range contains many ancient plants and animals.
Camp at Noah Beach camping area and explore the park on walks ranging from the 650 metre return Jindalba boardwalk through tropical lowland rainforest, to the 1.2 kilometre return Marrja boardwalk through rainforest and mangroves. Experienced and well-prepared bushwalkers can tackle the 7 kilometre return Mount Sorrow ridge trail. Keep an eye out for cassowaries and drive slowly through cassowary territory. Remember to be croc wise around creeks and beaches.
Three of the four short boardwalks (Marrja, Dubuji and Kulki) are wheelchair accessible. At the fourth boardwalk (Jindalba) wheelchair access to the creek is available from the exit end only, near the disabled access parking bays.
How To Get There:
Travel 104 kilometres north of Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway to the Daintree River crossing. The ferry operates 0600 to midnight every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday, with occasional breaks in service for mechanical repairs or during flooding. Beyond the ferry, conventional two-wheel-drive vehicle access is possible as far as Cape Tribulation, although high clearance is useful and caravans are not recommended. The road through this section of the park is narrow and winding. Drivers should keep left and watch for wildlife, particularly cassowaries. The unsealed road north from Cape Tribulation to Bloomfield is suitable only for four-wheel-drive vehicles due to steep grades and creek crossings. It may be closed after heavy rain.
Camping fees apply.
The Daintree region has one of the wettest climates in Australia. During the wet season, from December to April, there are heavy and frequent downpours. Some areas receive more than 6 metres of rainfall annually. Maximum temperatures through the wet season range from 27-33 degrees Celsius, with humidity often exceeding 80 per cent. The cooler, drier months from May to September are the best time to visit. The weather is pleasantly warm with reduced humidity. Maximum temperatures average 26 degrees Celsius.
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