Cape Tribulation …where the rainforest meets the reef
With World Heritage attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, a visit to Cape Tribulation in the Tropical North is filled with unforgettable memories. The rainforest, abundant with wildlife, offers visitors a true tropical forest experience with magnificent bird life and ancient plants. With the Great Barrier Reef just a stone’s throw away, visitors are able explore one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. This is a snorkelling paradise, teemed with colourful tropical fish and coral.
Renowned for it’s scenic landscape, remote beaches and the world heritage rainforest of Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation Beach is at the end of the sealed road, 35 kilometres north of the Daintree River Ferry. Cape Trib is also home to 2 interpretive walks – Dubuji Boardwalk (a 1.8 km boardwalk through the forest and mangroves) and Maardja Botanical Walk (a boardwalk and pathway through the high value Daintree coastal rainforest). Maardja is 10 minutes south of town while Dubuji is off the main street and exits onto Myall Beach.
Cape Tribulation valley resembles a giant amphitheatre, with a semicircle of hills dominated by Mt Sorrow (850m) and Mt Hemmant (1000m). The southeastern rain, trapped by this valley, results in a tropical climate with high temperatures, humidity and rainfall – ideal for growing rare tropical fruit. Two farms at Cape Tribulation grow fruit normally found only in equatorial areas.
The name Cape Tribulation can be traced back to Lieutenant James Cook who was trying to find a way through, what he described as ‘the insane labyrinth’. His ship ran into Endeavour Reef, north-northeast of Cape Tribulation. He wrote: “I name this point Cape Tribulation, because here began all my troubles.”
Cape Tribulation tour with Ocean Safari
A visit to the Daintree isn’t complete without a Cape Trib tour to the Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Safari. Just a 2.5 hour drive north of Cairns and 1.5 hour drive north of Port Douglas, this beautiful part of the tropics is the truly where the rainforest meets the reef. The rainforest can be explored by self-guided trails, guided walks, horse rides and even a flying fox.
Cape Tribulation accommodation at Safari Lodge
Check in to Ocean Safari and stay onsite at Safari Lodge (previously known as Jungle Lodge) hidden within the tropical rainforest. Choose from the comfortable and cosy Safari Huts or enjoy the great outdoors on one of the rainforest camp sites.
Cape Tribulation dining at Turtle Rock Cafe
Eat, stay and play and enjoy the fresh and healthy wholesome food and great coffee at Turtle Rock Cafe. It is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal before or after an Ocean Safari or one of the other many activities available in Cape Trib.