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Cape Tribulation


Description

Stepping straight on to the beach from the rainforest is a very special experience at Cape Tribulation. This extraordinarily pretty stretch of the Daintree National Park is where you can climb aboard a fast boat to explore the Great Barrier Reef or take a kayak to nearby islands.

Marvel at empty beaches where driftwood and shells wash up to form natural sculptures, feel the wind in your hair as you ride a horse from the beach to the rainforest or pitch your tent so you can gaze at the ocean as soon as you wake. Taste exotic tropical fruits on a farm tour, try them in a locally made ice cream, refresh in a swimming hole or soar through the rainforest canopy on a flying fox.

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Cape Tribulation is a bushwalking paradise with many short walks taking in the beaches or rainforest. The experienced can spend a day hiking to admire spectacular views from Mount Sorrow. Guided walks on private properties show you animals and plants you may otherwise miss or join a night tour to see nocturnal animals.

Australia's richest diversity of flora and fauna is found in this region, so a guided tour will explain the intricacies of this ancient environment and introduce you to the likes of the peppermint stick insect or the Boyd's forest dragon.

Cape Tribulation is popular with backpackers who enjoy the jungle setting and party atmosphere of the hostels. Accommodation options vary from camping grounds to resorts, bed and breakfasts and holiday houses.

Just 35 kilometres north of the Daintree River, Cape Tribulation is where the bitumen ends and a Four Wheel Drive is needed to venture further north.

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Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Birdwatching
    Birdwatching
  • Camping
    Camping
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Off Road Driving
    Off Road Driving
  • Shopping
    Shopping
  • Water Skiing
    Water Skiing

Other Information

Access Information:
Travelling 117 kilometres north on the Cook Highway from Cairns you will arrive at the Daintree River. The River ferry operates from 6.00 a.m. - midnight daily. Christmas and Good Friday excepted. Once you have crossed the river, the sealed roads wind up to Alexandra Lookout and on another 40 kilometres to Cape Tribulation. There are sealed and unsealed roads suitable for conventional vehicles that will take you to beautiful beaches and other spots along the way. The Bloomfield track north of Cape Tribulation is suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Check all road and weather conditions before entering the area. Detailed maps will indicate suitable vehicle and road conditions. RACQ, local authorities and vehicle hire outlets can advise on current conditions for travelling. Also check that your insurance covers wilderness and remote areas north of Port Douglas.

Further Details:
Cape Tribulation is renowned as the place where the rainforest meets the reef, stretching from the Daintree River in the south, to the Bloomfield River in the north. The McDowall Range forms the western boundary. The land slopes steeply up from the coast to the cloud-swept summit of Thornton Peak (1374 metres), only a few kilometres inland. Your trip to the area will offer a rare chance to experience both the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics World Heritage regions. Both are highly valued for their botanical, marine and scientific wealth. Conserving its outstanding natural and cultural values for the benefit of local, national and international communities is of the greatest importance. The local environmental centres are wonderful sources of information providing displays, theatres, videos and written materials. As Cape Tribulation is a nature based attraction you can experience wonderful activities such as fishing, scuba diving, and bushwalking,

It is part of the Daintree National Park. Tours can be arranged to accommodate all your needs. From Croc spotting, Reef and River tours, to adventure Wilderness tours that extend for up to five days in secluded Rainforest areas. Accommodation ranges from basic bush camping to comfortable and affordable venues as well as luxury rainforest retreats. It's stunning and beautiful and you won't want to miss your chance to experience it.

Please note that Alcohol Restrictions apply for some Indigenous Communities within Queensland. For further information visit www.mcmc.qld.gov.au/community/restricted.php .

How To Get There:
Travelling 117 kilometres north on the Cook Highway from Cairns you will arrive at the Daintree River. The River ferry operates from 6.00 a.m. to midnight daily. Christmas and Good Friday excepted. Once you have crossed the river, the sealed roads wind up to Alexandra Lookout and on another 40 kilometres to Cape Tribulation. There are sealed and unsealed roads suitable for conventional vehicles that will take you to beautiful beaches and other spots along the way. The 'Bloomfield Track' north of Cape Tribulation is suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Travelling west via the Rex Range, you will travel 50 kilometres to Mount Molloy and another 42 kilometres to Mareeba, which lies at the edge of the Atherton Tablelands and the Gulf Savannah. Coach services are available daily between the Cape, Port Douglas and Cairns. There is a small airstrip located near Cow Bay for passage to Cairns. For more information check with your local tourist agency.

Access Information:
Daily coach services are available between the Cape, Port Douglas and Cairns. Bookings are essential. For more information check with your local tourist agency.


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