Cape Tribulation

Where the rainforest meets the reef … Cape Tribulation is the picturesque headland area within the Daintree National Park, a scenic 2.5hours drive north of Cairns and a 1.5hrs drive north of Port Douglas.

It is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world and was included in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in 1988.

The Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people are the Traditional Owners of Daintree National Park, with their country extending from near Cooktown, south to Mossman. Many natural features of the landscape have spiritual significance for the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people. They welcome you to their country and ask that you respect their special place.

Cape Tribulation is an ecotourism destination, renowned for it’s lush scenery, offering¬†a combination of remote sandy beaches and the world’s oldest rainforest, covering the mountains sweeping down to the coast.

Both rainforest and beaches can be explored by self-guided tours and trails, with options of discovering the area through guided walks, reef trips, or even flying foxes, horse rides and sea kayaks to paddle the coastline.

Mount Sorrow is a superb adventure for experienced and fit walkers. Allow 6 hours, take plenty of water, and expect to be rewarded with rainforest-clad mountains, spectacular views of Cape Tribulation Beach, fringing reef and the stunning Coral Sea. Always check the weather as paths can be slippery after heavy rains, and only attempt the hike during day time.

Accommodation ranges from camping grounds and budget resorts to bed & breakfasts, farm stays, holiday homes and eco-retreats, built to fit in with the natural surroundings. Two small supermarkets, cafes, bottle shops, ATMs and restaurants are all located conveniently within walking distance.

The winding road up to Cape Tribulation from the Daintree River ferry is fully sealed; to venture further north, a 4WD is required.

Images: Lobster1, Korkut Tas

Destination Daintree


Entry Fees

Adult: AUD$37.00
Concession/Student: AUD$34
Child: AUD$18.00 (5 – 17 years)
Family: AUD$90.00

Audio Tour (8 languages)
68 Page Interpretive Guide Book
7 Day free re-entry
Children’s Audio Tour (suit 5 – 9 years)

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