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Cape Tribulation is situated 36 km. from the Daintree
river, this will take nearly an hour to drive if you stick to
the speed limits.
The most popular activities in Cape Tribulation are jungle surfing,
snorkel trips to the Great Barrier Reef, horse riding, guided
day walks or night walks, exotic fruit tasting and sea kayaking.
You can make your stay in Cape Tribulation as action-packed as
you want, or as relaxing as you want, there are some amazingly
beautiful beaches where you can take it easy, and a good choice
of walks too.
There are also several choices to eat, all the resorts have restaurants, there are several take-aways, and Cape Trib's dining highlight; Whet. They serve the best food in Cape Tribulation, the coldest beer, award winning cocktails, and they also have a small cinema upstairs, great for those rainy days, which can happen in a rainforest!
It is recommended that you stay at a small place where you
meet the locals which will add to your experience.
Possibly even more unique than Rainforest Hideaway is the Jungle Treehouse, this amazing creation is the ultimate way to experience a couple of nights in the Daintree rainforest.
A spacious octagonal timber open design building, with a basic kitchen, composting toilet and an outdoor shower.
This place is set deep in the jungle, close to a beautiful rainforest creek, and it is an awesome view from the back veranda.
Backpackers and budget conscious travellers might like to stay at one of the backpacker hostels in Cape Tribulation. PK's Jungle Village and Ferntree are the most centrally located, the Cape Trib Beach House is a couple of km. from the town centre, but its location right on beautiful Cape Tribulation Beach makes this one a good choice too. It is also more relaxed than PK's, which can get a bit rowdy with drinkers or live bands.
Cape Trib Beach House
Beautifully located on Cape Tribulation Beach, the
Cape Trib Beach House puts you right in the spot where the oldest
rainforest alive today meets the coral sea.
PK's Jungle Village
PK's Jungle Village is located right in the heart of Cape Tribulation,
near Myall beach and National Park.
Those travellers looking for accommodation with some more facilities might enjoy a stay at Ferntree's Resort or the Cape Tribulation Resort.
Make the most of your time in Cape Tribulation and book
on some of the tours to explore this amazing area and get to know it!
Ofcourse you can walk the forest by yourself, but with a local guide
who is trained at spotting camouflaged animals and can tell you all
about how they fit in to the eco-system it will be much more of an experience.
And there is the thrill of flying through the forest at the Junglesurfing,
or riding your horse along a pristine beach. Last but not least, you
can get out from Cape Tribulation to the Great Barrier Reef on half
day snorkel tours, you simply can not come to north Queensland and go
home without having seen the colourful splendour of coral and tropical
These are all tours bases in Cape Tribulation, you can book them if you stay in other areas but you will need your own transport to get up here, free pick-ups are only done in Cape Tribulation.
Guided walks in the
Cape Tribulation has no banks, there are some ATMs but they often run out of cash or stop working when the phone lines are down, stocking up on cash in Cairns or Mossman is recommended.
Cape Tribulation has no mains electricity, all the resorts have big diesel generators that run 24 hours a day, and the local residents and B&B's have solar panels and batteries that reduce the hours their generator needs to run. This is not really an ideal situation, but the best they can do under the circumstances, more info here...
There is internet available at all the resorts, but it
can be slow and not real cheap, this is due to Cape Tribulation having
no broadband cable, it all goes via satellite dish, which can be either
very slow or very expensive.
Don't stress out that your mobile phone won't work in Cape Trib, relax and enjoy the fact that you have escaped tthe mad world. If you do need some reception try walking all the way out to the cape, half the time your phone will work there.
Cape Tribulation is where the sealed road ends, and the rugged unsealed Bloomfield Track begins. You can explore this track either on foot up to Emmagen Creek, on a mountain bike, or on a fourwheel drive safari.
Cape Tribulation has seen a rise in cassowary numbers in the last ten years or so, and if you're lucky you may meet this amazing bird, Rainforest Hideaway is one place where they make a regular appearance.
Some other things to do in Cape Tribulation include going for a swim in the swimminghole at the Cape Trib Shop, or a visit to the Bathouse opposite PK's to meet some bats and learn about them.
Cape Tribulation was named by James Cook. He had travelled
from England to Tahiti to observe Venus passing in front of the sun
and thanks to his measurements the scientists could now work out the
distance between the earth and the sun and a range of other things.
But he also carried orders that he was to take possession of New Holland to expand the British empire.
The majority of this epic journey had run fairly smooth, but in the night after passing Cape Tribulation his ship struck the reef. The Endeavour came extremely close to sinking but they managed to keep the ship afloat.
So when Cook looked out on the coast at first daylight he was not in the happiest of moods and named a few features with not the most cheerful of names; the cape he could see was named Cape Tribulation (tribulation means trouble) and the mountain behind it Mount Sorrow.
In the 1970s Cape Tribulation was discovered by the hippies and it became the end of the London-Kathmandu-Cape Tribulation overland trail. Marijuana growing, smoking and running around naked on the beaches were the main activities during this decade.
In 1981 the rainforests surrounding the privately owned land were declared Cape Tribulation National Park.
Cape Tribulation really became famous when in 1982 the Douglas Shire Council began bulldozing a track north of Cape Tribulation. Protesters came from everywhere and tried to stop the road, leading to several arrests by the army of policemen. The protests were unsuccesful in stopping the bulldozing of the forest to clear a road but it did lead to the nomination and subsequent inclusion of the area on the World Heritage List. In 1988 UNESCO declared Cape Tribulation National Park a World Heritage Area because of its outstanding value and beauty.
In April 2002 the last section of road was sealed, and in 2011 the final bridge was built to give Cape Tribulation all-weather-access. More info on Cape Tribulation's history
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