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cape tribulation

Where the Rainforest meets the Reef. A place that you come to reconnect with nature and see the rainforest in its splendour. 

Cape Tribulation in Brief

 Just 140 kilometres further north of Cairns, away from the major cities and famous resorts, you will find very laid-back area of Cape Tribulation located in the Daintree region. It is the place where time is seemingly stands still. Untouched by mass developments, this place is where you can still see and feel the real rainforest. It is the place where the centuries-old palm trees have survived invasions. The area has a diverse mixture of nature, culture and history. You’re surely to find some of the most beautiful rainforest coastlines you have ever laid eyes on. Yes, Cape Tribulation is an area of breathtaking beauty with mountain ranges, narrow coastal strips and dense rainforest reaching to the edge of the beaches.

If you are visiting the area for the first time, you may be wondering how best to spend your time in this beautiful and pristine rainforest location. 

Mud-map leading to Cape Tribulation

Why Go?

Part of the reason why I take this bi-monthly day trip to Cape Tribulation, it is such a magical place because it is richly blessed with nature, culture and history – A place where rainforest meets the reef. It is one of the iconic places in Australia and a popular destination for tourists who make a northerly day or weekend getaway from Cairns and Port Douglas. It is an opportunity to enter the tropical wonderland that is the Daintree National Forest. Taking a drive from the moment you cross the Daintree Ferry to Cape Tribulation is one of the most spectacular, unforgettable and thrilling experience you’ll ever have as you drive through the rainforest. 

The area provides a vast array of flora and fauna and un-hikeable rough and dense terrains. Visitors and locals come to the region, just simply to enjoy and appreciate nature. The region is undoubtedly one of the natural botanic kingdoms in the world. I couldn’t find a better place than this – To come to this region to enjoy, relax, admire and appreciate this natural wonderland right on the door-step of Cairns.

The area provides a vast array of flora and fauna and un-hikeable rough and dense terrains. Visitors and locals come to the region, just simply to enjoy and appreciate nature. The region is undoubtedly one of the natural botanic kingdoms in the world. I couldn’t find a better place than this – To come to this region to enjoy, relax, admire and appreciate this natural wonderland right on the door-step of Cairns.

This natural wonderland begins once you cross the Daintree River on the ferry. The road leading to Cape Tribulation is filled with pristine thick rainforest, incredible views, beautiful beaches and coastlines and has number of boardwalks that brings you closer to nature. This place is undoubtedly nature-lovers paradise.

Road through the thick rainforest
View from Daintree Lookout

With this natural botanic kingdom nearby, this 12-hour return journey began in Cairns to Cape Tribulation, stopping and viewing some of the Far North’s iconic towns and major tourist attractions along the way. 

Getting there?

Daintree region is only accessible by vehicles only. Many independent, adventurous tourists and locals take this road journey to Cape tribulation and surrounding sites and return the same way. For those who want to experience a more adventurous road trip, you can drive beyond Cape Tribulation to Cooktown and surrounding villages along the way but only with 4-wheel vehicles. Some of the rugged part of this terrains are rough, dusty and dangerous as you cross some of the crocodile infested waters.

Where to stay?

There are various types of accommodations in the area to suit all budget ranging from motels, lodges, B&Bs and campings nearby. Also, the region offers a range of properties throughout the area to fit most holiday styles and budgets. It is a popular destination for backpackers and the area has number of backpacker hostels. 

Most of the accommodations are surrounded by palm trees, thick rainforest and with plenty of space to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, it is the ideal introduction to the area.

Popular Attractions

This region is home to iconic UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Rainforest – Daintree. Driving around in this area is possible if you have the time and want to explore more of the area on your visit. To fully enjoy your stay in this area and to make the most of the region’s nature attractions, I’d recommend staying few days in the area. This way you get to sample the beautiful rainforest, boardwalks and do easy nature hikes and tracks. Undoubtedly, this is where the true heart of the area shines.

One of the most popular and my favourite place is the Cape Tribulation Lookout. The National Parks and Wildlife Service have installed an easy 400 metres cement path and boardwalk, known as the Kulki Boardwalk. Just a short walk through the rainforest to the headland where a lookout point provides excellent view across Cape Tribulation beach and pristine coastline. 

There is a useful map which gives out all the detail information about the area. Click here

Boardwalk leading to Cape Tribulation Lookout and coastline

Mason’s Guided Walks

The Mason’s offer two hour and half-day guided tours in their privately owned rainforest. There are jungle tracks on their property and they offer guided tours which they offer local information about flora and fauna. My favourite is the night walks which pass through the property and end on the banks of the Myall Creek, where crocodiles can be spotted.

Mount Sorrow

Mount Sorrow is 850 metres high and there is a trail which runs off the end of the sealed section of Cape Tribulation Road. I recommend to do this trail with a guide or in a group and NOT alone, even if you’re an experienced hiker. With extreme high temperatures and humidity during summer months and heavy rainfall during rainy season, makes this track impossible to navigate alone. There is a useful map, which gives out useful and detail information. Click here

Dubuji Boardwalk

This boardwalk runs for 1200 metres from the Myall Beach car park. It runs through rare tropical lowland rainforest with mangroves, fan palms, strangler figs, flowering palms and many other exotic tropical and rainforest plants. It can be an interesting walk as you might be able to spot tropical birds, tree snakes, spiders and many other wildlife including fruit bats. For more detail information, click here

1 thought on “Exploring Daintree: the Oldest Rainforest”

  1. J moore says:

    Great information for getaway and been close to nature

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Papua New Guinean living in Cairns, Australia. Weekend getaway adventurer and Free-Independent-Traveller (FIT). Lover of unique and exotic travel experiences with a touch of luxury. Follow me to my travel world, brining you closer to your destination.

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