Cape Tribulation

Your Cape Tribulation Daintree travel guide.

There is no better destination than Cape Tribulation to immerse yourself in the splendour and tranquility of the Tropical North Queensland rainforest. Soak up the peaceful surroundings of the Daintree National Park and the Wet Tropics World Heritage area by exploring the rainforest on a guided day or night tour, while looking out for an incredible variety of native wildlife.

Enjoy a sunrise paddle trek, head out to the reef or perhaps embark on a two day sea kayak trip to Snapper Island. Go for a horse ride through the countryside, experience four wheel driving, or head out on a crocodile cruise.

Cape Tribulation contains a small number of resorts and backpacker hostels. A sealed road provides access to the area from the south via the Daintree River ferry. North from Cape Tribulation Beach House a four-wheel drive road – unsealed – continues to the Bloomfield River, Wujal Wujal and Cooktown and is often closed during the wet season (Feb-Apr).

The traditional owners of the area are the Kuku Yalanji people. The cape was named by British explorer Lt. James Cook on 10 June 1770 after his ship ran aground on a reef near the site, “because here began all our Troubles”.

There are four main resorts to stay at. The village has two small supermarkets, two cash dispensing machines, one takeaway food outlet and five restaurants.

The Great Barrier Reef is some 19 km (12 mi) due east, there are two boat charters that leave from the beach. Typical activities available are guided nightwalks, 4 wheel drive tours, horse-riding, kayaking, jungle surfing and crocodile cruises to name a few great Cape Tribulation Dantree activities.

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