Located 110 kilometres north of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Cape Tribulation lies in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Daintree National Park. Besides containing a thriving array of activities for visitors, Cape Tribulation is a rare place where World Heritage rainforest meets the translucent waters of the Coral Sea.
Cape Tribulation was named by British navigator and explorer, James Cook, in 1770. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the first vehicle access in the area was made, which was eventually paved in the 1990s. The area was slow to become established due to the remote and impenetrable nature of the rainforest.
However, from the mid 1980s, the first backpacker hostels started to emerge. And while there are a range of accommodation options today, ranging from backpackers to the more swanky, Cape Tribulation is still a backwater compared to other more bustling Queensland tourist destinations.
Like all destinations in the tropics, there is a wet and a dry season. A good time to visit Cape Tribulation is in the dry season, which runs from July to November. During the wet season, the sea around this idyllic escape is visited by marine stingers, and as the name implies, this season sees more rainfall.
However, there are many things to do in Cape Tribulation year-round, such as night-time crocodile spotting, jungle surfing, Daintree River cruises, 4WD tours, horse-riding and kayaking. There’s also various swimming holes and bushwalks in the area that give visitors a unique insight into this World Heritage wonderland.
Cape Tribulation is also a great access point for the Great Barrier Reef, where lies some of the best snorkelling and diving opportunities in the world. Other neighbourly wonders include the Daintree Rainforest, and places such as the pristine Myall Beach fringe the cape. And a good way to savour some of the regional delicacies is by visiting the Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.