Cape Tribulation, Cairns

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    Cape Trib: Mossman Gorge

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Took a day tour to Cape Tribulation with Cape Trib Connections. Was charged A$99, circa June 2003.
    NOTE: There are changes to the tour itinerary since.

    Last destination for the day but the weather had other plans. It started to rain and sunlight was fading fast.

    My group really did not do much justice to the beauty of the place as we rushed through; intentions on not getting wet the greater priority of the day.

    There are two walks leading from the carpark. Both tracks connect up to each other. The one on the right leads to the river, and is slightly longer. The track on the left leads more directly through the jungle. After both tracks join up, they lead past several small detours down to the Mossman River with views. One short track leads to a nice sand beach. The track then heads to a small suspension bridge built by the Australian army. Past the bridge, there is a much longer circuit walk that takes about an hour at a reasonable place.

    From Mossman Gorge, the group departed back for Cairns and the tour ended at about 6pm+.

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    Cape Trib: Alexandra Range Lookout

    by xuessium Updated May 20, 2006

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    Took a day tour to Cape Tribulation with Cape Trib Connections. Was charged A$99, circa June 2003.
    NOTE: There are changes to the tour itinerary since.

    A stop before we depart Cape Trib to catch a bird's eye view of the region.

    On a clear good day, you may catch the following features along the coastline starting from the closest seaward point:
    * Snapper Island - a continental island surrounded by a fringing reef.
    * Daintree River mouth
    * Low Isles - two sand cays 15 km north east of Port Douglas
    * Wonga Beach
    * Port Douglas and Island Point - the Marina Mirage is very noticeable
    * Harris Peak - pyramid like behind Port Douglas
    * Double Island near Palm Cove (on a very clear day)

    It was claimed that dawn at the lookout is spectacular with the sun rising over the Coral Sea and the islands and river mouth gradually becoming visible. As you descend from the look-out there are several glimpses of views of the Daintree coastline. However, it is ILLEGAL to stop because of the double lines.

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    Cape Trib: THAT Cassowary Sign

    by xuessium Updated May 20, 2006

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    Took a day tour to Cape Tribulation with Cape Trib Connections. Was charged A$99, circa June 2003.
    NOTE: There are changes to the tour itinerary since.

    The Cassowary (one of the large walking birds, aside from the Ostrich, the Emu & the Rhea) is an endangered species (found in Papua New Guinea and northern Queensland) and considered to be the sole disperser of the larger rainforest seeds and an important factor in rainforest revegetation. There are at least four known cassowary-crossing points on the road to Cape Tribulation.

    The first Cassowary sign is at 6 km north of the ferry terminal, when you enter the first patch of rainforest. Slow down as this is a crossing point for one of the local birds. If you are on the road early, you may have a good chance of seeing one.

    However, cassowary-sighting aside (we did not get to see even one, shucks!), someone cheeky had came along and vandalised one of the signs....though perhaps with good intentions. Take a look at the picture and see if you agree. It certainly brought a chuckle to everyone in the tour van.

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    Cape Trib: The Bat House

    by xuessium Updated May 20, 2006

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    Took a day tour to Cape Tribulation with Cape Trib Connections. Was charged A$99, circa June 2003.
    NOTE: There are changes to the tour itinerary since.

    The Bat House was not on our itinerary but Dan was very eager to show us.

    The Bat House is a volunteer run, accredited Wet Tropics Visitor Centre and is so named because there is always a pet flying-fox in attendance. Entrance to the Bat House is by a $A2.00 per person donation (children free) and provides environmental and tourist information on the region, and on the research activities of the Cape Tribulation Tropical Research Station, which operates from the same property. It is open between 10.30am and 3.30pm every day except Mondays, Christmas day and New Year's day. Income from the Bat House supports research and conservation work in the area.

    The place well, smelled "batty"....probably the closest thing to a "bat cave". I enjoyed it really - I got really close to the bat - it was crawling all over me! Not exactly a bad thing (unless it decides to pee or poo on you) except when "bat pet" tried to hang upside-down from my out-stretched arm! Man, were those claws sharp! I earned a few knicks here and there; the scars are now my "embossed" souvenirs! HA HA HA!

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    Cape Trib: Cape Tribulation Beach

    by xuessium Updated May 20, 2006

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    Took a day tour to Cape Tribulation with Cape Trib Connections. Was charged A$99, circa June 2003.
    NOTE: There are changes to the tour itinerary since.

    After the excitement we had at Cooper's Creek, we finally reached Cape Trib itself for the real excitement: Lunch!

    Cape Tribulation is about 150km north of Cairns. The cape itself was named by Captain Cook in the late 1700's, since it was just a little north of here that his tribulations started when he ran his ship on to the Endeavour Reef. In the '70's it was a hippie outpost with a number of settlements, particularly at the infamous Cedar Bay, further north towards Cooktown. As earlier mentioned, it is one of the few places in Australia where the rainforest runs right down to the water. (The Wet Tropical Rainforests here are now protected by World Heritage Laws)

    Lunch was followed by an hour of free time to explore Cape Tribulation Beach, which was just behind the Bistro we had stopped for lunch.

    It was real unfortunate that I visited Cape Trib on a dull day. The beige-cloured beach was deserted, looked sad and forlorn against the grey misty sky. Wasn't a very pretty sight....so I did not wander too far. In the end, the group spent most of time huddling together on the beach, discussing everything from politics to nature conservation. It helped that the guide of the day, Dan, was the cynical type!

    TIP: For folks heading this way, Cape Tribulation Beach has toilets and picnic tables and can get quite crowded. The waters are very shallow and sheltered from the winds, hence ideal for children. Dive boat departs from here at 8.30am. You can walk to the look-out - 10 minutes - or head north to the Cape Trib Beach House - 20 minutes, and hire a canoe to paddle from the Beach House. On reefs north of the Beach House, there is still some live coral on the edge of the fringing reef, if you have brought your snorkel.

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    Cape Trib: The Fan Palm Boardwalk

    by xuessium Updated May 20, 2006

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    Took a day tour to Cape Tribulation with Cape Trib Connections. Was charged A$99, circa June 2003.
    NOTE: There are changes to the tour itinerary since.

    The 20 minutes walk through the Fan Palm Gallery was a highlight. It was quite amazing to be seeing fan palms so tall and mighty above my head.

    Tips: For Arachnophiles, this is also a GREAT place to be catching sight of the big (Silver and Golden) Weaver spiders - some as big as your palm if not bigger; beautiful creatures with patterns that decked their long slender body with "gems". Watch out though: While they will not kill you, their bite packs a punch!

    Today, the silk of these spiders are harnessed to make bullet-proof vests.

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    Cape Trib: Crocodile sighting @ Cooper's Creek

    by xuessium Updated May 20, 2006

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    Took a day tour to Cape Tribulation with Cape Trib Connections. Was charged A$99, circa June 2003.
    NOTE: There are changes to the tour itinerary since.

    Cape Tribulation is special, for this is one of the few places where 2 UNESCO sites exist naturally to each other: The tropical rainforests of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.

    This is the first real stop of the day. Cooper's Creek (also known as Barcoo River) is one of the most famous and yet least visited rivers in Australia and offer one unique possibility: You can join the only tourboat (Cape Tribulation Cruises) permitted in the Cape Tribulation Section of the Daintree National Park on a mangrove discovery tour in search of the estuarine crocodile.

    So, agenda for us: Catch sightings of snapping handbags....and with luck, leave the place in 1 piece (and not with 1 piece).

    Verdict: The cruise down the river was disappointing - we caught sight of just a couple of handbags yawning a far distance away and hardly even throwing a glance at us, though that didn't stop everyone from getting all excited about them. Suddenly everyone was whipping out their cameras and telephoto lens and pushing each other for a vantage shot. I think the crocos must have thought that these humans were crazy.

    The cruise took about 60 minutes and after a while, I must confessed, it got a little lame and tiresome. I sat back and just enjoyed the colonies of mangroves growing in the estuarines.

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    Cape Trib: Port Douglas from Flagstaff Hill

    by xuessium Written May 20, 2006

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    Took a day tour to Cape Tribulation with Cape Trib Connections. Was charged A$99 (after discounts), circa June 2003.
    NOTE: There are changes to the tour itinerary since.

    Left Cairns at about 8am and after a brief breakfast stop, hit Port Douglas for the tour to pick up a paying customer here.

    This was not a major stop, except for a view of picturesque Port Douglas and the Four Miles Beach (a more snooty version of Cairns) from Flagstaff Hill.

    Bring your cameras folks!

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    Cape Tribulation

    by didgeridorien Written Mar 9, 2006

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    I went here with Oz Backpacker Tours and they were very good. The first stop was in Port Douglas at the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, that has over 180 animals species, including the rare tree kangaroo. The secon stop is a cruise on the Daintree River to see some crocodiles. Then up to Cape Tribulation for lunch and we saw the Mossman Gorge on the way back to Cairns.

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    Cape Trip Connections

    by bloomy Written Feb 24, 2006

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    If your planning on visiting Cape Tripulation then use these guys there great and well worth the money, we did the day tour which cost $114.00 per person which includes lunch and afternoon tea, plus you get to go to
    depart at 8am, and go to Daintree Mangroves Wildlife sanctuary for a cup of tea or coffee, and then have a guided tour and saw Kangaroos, Cassowariees, Gilders Crocodiles and loads wildlife
    then u head out to the Daintree River and look out over Alexandra Range where u get a birds eye view of Port Douglas (on a clear day) then we headed out to Marrdja Boardwalk where u c trees of millions and millions years old and ur caught in a time capsule, then you pass through ancient rainforest and leads you to the complex mangrove swamp system where its all to c, lunch time at Cape Tripulation only a few seconds walk to the beach,, NO Swimming though due to the stingers...... but theres a pool if u fancy a dip,, there also time for Daintree Ice Cream company which you have to pay for and the menu is out of this world depending on wot fruit they have at the time (all natural fruit ice cream hand made there), then u go on the Daintree river cruise for more coffee and more crocodiles, then its off to Mossman Gorge for a dip in the most beautiful views cold but lovely, then u have a drive through Port Douglas interesting but boring

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    Cape tribulation- Daintree daytrip

    by gonzo747 Written Oct 13, 2005
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    From Cairns I did a daytrip to Cape tribulation and the Daintree river. The day was completely packed.
    We went to Cape tribulation, did some jungle walks, went an a cruise on the daintree river watching saltwater crocodiles(monsters), went for some local icecream and thea, and ended with some swimming. I only had time for a 1 daytrip but it would be much better to do the 2day trip which covers the same plan but does it more relaxed.
    It was March when i was there, at this time of the year we are not allowed at Cape Tribulation because the Box jellyfish is inhabiting the area at that moment.

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    Day Trippin' to Cape Tribulation

    by ChadSteve1975 Written May 16, 2005
    Trek North 4wd drive carries about 8 comfortably

    As a thing to do while in Cairns recently I took a day trip up the coast to Cape Tribulation with the Tour Company Trek North. After being picked up at 7:30am we drove north to Mossman Gorge a pretty rainforest area with a short walk. From here we ventured to the Daintree River for a Croc spotting boat trip.

    Quick tip, try to time trip within breeding season. Not January when I went. Boat Tour ended up a snake and bat spotting tour instead.

    After lunch we finally made it to the cape. It is definitely worth a trip doing. Mind you look for special deals on prices. I paid $138 for the day. To me this seemed steep especially for the quality of the morning and afternoon tea provided.

    Alternatively try an overnight stay at the hostel at Cape Tribulation. They conduct night walks from there. Night walks are the best opportunity to see the natives.

    Also another thing I remember was if you go a 4wd drive tour expect it to be a bit bumpy.
    Oh how I wish I had the smooth ride of a minibus.

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    Daintree Rainforest - Cape Tribulation

    by pugwashman Updated Mar 18, 2005

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    Once you cross the Daintree River the road deteriorates somewhat, and just about keeps going in a semi-decent state to Cape Tribulation. This area is famous for being where the Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, and there are some great beaches on the way, but visit them on the way back and keep going until you get to Cape Trib.
    As you walk along the massive deserted beach you will see some extraordinary coral forms on the beach, whilst just behind you the trees of the Rainforest come right down to the waters edge. It's becoming quite a popular spot for Adventure Holidays but there still weren't many people around and it had a very rugged unspoilt feel. To carry on northwards from here you have to have a 4x4 vehicle, so for us it was an about turn back to Daintree.

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