Located within the Daintree National Park and the Wet Tropics World Heritage area, the dramatic headland of Cape Tribulation is stunningly beautiful, unspoilt and remote.
Although it’s located just two hours from Port Douglas by road, Cape Tribulation is considered to be off the beaten track. Little has changed for thousands of years in this coastal wilderness. You’ll see pretty much the same scenery as Captain Cook did.
Things to do at Cape Tribulation
Here, where spectacular ancient rainforest and mangroves meet the ocean, there are once-in-a-lifetime eco-adventures and outdoor activities to be enjoyed.
Walking is top of the list, with a chance you might not come across anyone else as you wander along the picturesque boardwalks, forest tracks and pristine beaches.
It’s safe to go unguided, provided you follow signs and markers. However, guided walks, including night safaris, give fascinating insights into Cape Tribulation’s unique flora, fauna and history. Don’t miss the awesome aerial walkway and canopy tower at the award-winning Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay. And if you’re reasonably fit, climbing Mount Sorrow is a must.
Other adventures at Cape Tribulation include tours by 4WD or on horseback. You can also go jungle surfing, sea-kayak along the coastline, cruise by boat through the mangroves, and take a crocodile tour up the Daintree River.
Speaking of which – watch for signs warning of crocodiles.
It’s not safe to swim near the mouths of rivers at Cape Tribulation. Also, between November and May there are venomous jellyfish in the sea. Either buy a stinger suit in Cairns to protect yourself in the ocean, or take a dip in the freshwater swimming hole at Emmagen Creek.
There’s absolutely nothing to fear at the Daintree Entomological Museum 15 kilometres south of Cape Tribulation. Its amazing collection of beetles and butterflies includes many huge, rare and wonderful species that look like extras in a sci-fi movie.
Cape Tribulation to Great Barrier Reef
From Cape Tribulation you can head out to the Great Barrier Reef, which is just 30 minutes away by boat. Exploring, snorkelling and diving around the Reef out of Cape Tribulation is a great way to avoid the crowds.