Cape Tribulation is an isolated but beautiful natural frontier. Lush tropical rainforest tumbles right down to beaches that stretch from a rocky cape. It’s paradise tucked away on the Northern Coastline. The little village at the cape marks the end of the road, after that there is only 4WD access only, known as the Bloomfield track that continues to Cooktown.
Getting there is half the fun. There’s no public transport to Cape Tribulation, nor is there any airport shuttles to accommodation to anything beyond the Daintree River. To get here you need to either rent your own wheels or join a day tour.
Named by British navigator Lieutenant James Cook in 1770 after his ship scraped Endeavour Reef. Cook recording in his log that “...the north point [was named] Cape Tribulation because here begun all our troubles.”
The small community contains a number of bed and breakfast eco lodges, tourism resorts and backpacker hostels. The Cape offers a bit more of an off the beaten track destination as opposed to the more traditional tourist destinations along coastal Queensland.
It’s currently the dry season, between July and November often considered the best time of year to visit.
The bed and breakfasts in particular are tucked away in the lush rainforest and offer a unique experience.
From Cape Tribulation take a boat charter to the Great Barrier Reef taht lies 19km due east but you could also go 4WDing on some exciting rainforest trails, horse-riding is another possibility and kayaking is always on the cards. Jungle surfing and crocodile cruises are as exhilerating as they sound but for a more relaxed experience you could always visit the Daintree Entomological Museum that showcases the butterfly and beetle collection of the unique ecology of the Cape.
The area is filled with walking tracks ranging from easy to difficult. Make sure you plan a trip to the Dubuji Boardwalk that takes you from the main highway to the beach through the fascinating mangrove swampland. The boardwalk itself winds and twists through the trunks of the mangroves themselves. For a more challenging experience the Mount Sorrow ridge trail is a seven hour walk which leads to a lookout with fantastic views.
Cape Tribulation is a starkly beautiful but remote location and a great option for a rainforest getaway when visiting Cairns.