Cape Tribulation Travel Guide

  • Looking north toward Cooktown.
    Looking north toward Cooktown.
    by tropicrd
  • Hermit crab art.
    Hermit crab art.
    by tropicrd
  • Such a pristine wilderness  beach
    Such a pristine wilderness beach
    by tropicrd

Cape Tribulation Highlights

  • Pro
    Silvertraveller profile photo

    Silvertraveller says…

     Amazingly beautiful 

  • Con
    Freja1981 profile photo

    Freja1981 says…

     No signal for 30 km, lots of crocs and stingers, and toads 

  • In a nutshell
    Joseph69 profile photo

    Joseph69 says…

     Head north out of Cairns! It's worth it! 

Cape Tribulation Things to Do

  • Walking Cape Tribulation Beach.

    If you enjoy beach walking then take a stroll along Cape Tribulation Beach.It is so pristine and look for the hermit crabs art where they have burrowed down into the sand and created these wonderful designs.The rainforest at the edge makes you feel like an early explorer like Captain James Cook when he came to grief on the reef and had to come...

  • Mossman Gorge

    On your way up to Cape Tribulation from Port Douglas it's hard to miss the Mossman Gorge it's 56,500ha of the Danitree Nat. Pk. once there we did a lovely walk through the rainforest coming upon waterfalls and pools on our way, be very careful about swimming though, there's crocodiles around, if in doubt don't do it! Do your research and find out...

  • Day Trip To the Great Barrier Reef

    We went on a daytrip to the Great Barrier Reef from Cape Tribulation. The tour was booked from Cape Tribulation Camping, and we were picked up at the campsite around 8.30am by a minibus. First stop was at a small supermarket where it was possible to buy sunscreen, a waterproof camera, and medication for motion sickness (if you are prone to...

  • Lookout.

    A 15 minutes walk in a concrete path takes you to the viewing platform on the north side of the cape, great views of Myall Beach.

  • Daintree Ice Cream Company

    One of the oddities of coming up to the Daintree rain forests and Cape Tribulation is that you can have some exotic, homemade ice cream.The Daintree Ice Cream Company grows all of their own tropical and exotic fruits. They prepare and create some wonderful flavors that you will never find anywhere else.The day that I visited, the offered coconut,...

  • Boardwalking in the Rainforest

    Walking through the rainforest in Cape Tribulation is a must. The Dubuji boardwalk is a 1,5 km walk through the forest, where you can spot birds, spiders, and other animals, day or night.I went out very early one morning to get there before other tourists...bad idea! The very busy spiders had been building their webs all night long and they are...


Cape Tribulation Hotels

Cape Tribulation Nightlife

  • Silvertraveller's Profile Photo

    by Silvertraveller Updated Apr 4, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Locally owned and operated the Dragonfly gives you an opportunity to enjoy a relaxed and romantic atmosphere. With its wooden structure and man made ponds with barra and turtles swimming I highly recommend this place for couples who wish to enjoy the rainforest. Sorry no disco lights or doff doff - just a awesome place to enjoy each others company.

    Dress Code: Super casual

    Related to:
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • National/State Park
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?


Cape Tribulation Transportation

  • Daintree River Cable

    This is the only way to cross the river to get up to Cape Tribulation and don't they know it! It cost when we were there (July 2005) was AU$20 return. It only takes 5 minutes and can carry up to 16 cars across. It is quite exciting though, knowing about the crocodile infested waters below and that you're really heading into the rainforest proper.

  • Getting to Cape Trib

    There is only one way to Cape Trib - by road. Tropic Explorer (07)40313460 do trips every day and also take in sights as the Marradja Boardwalk, Daintree River Cruise, Mossman Gorge and Port Douglas. Private Bus companies also do pick ups from Cairns airport to CT, Sunpalm(07)40842626 & Coral Coaches (07)40982800 for around $65pp one way.You can...

  • Join a local tour

    Unless you hire a car, the best way to get to Cape Trib is to join a tour. I compared different tours and found that "Cape Trib Connections" was the cheapest.You can choose to get on the coach in either Cairns or Port Douglas. For me, I arrived in Cairns Airport on Day 1, took the free shuttle of Dougie Backpackers in Port Douglas to Port Douglas,...


Cape Tribulation Local Customs

  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    Pristine wilderness 1 more image

    by tropicrd Written Jul 27, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Please only leave your footprints in the rainforest,the beaches and tracks.
    There are plenty of rubbish bins at car parks and areas.
    Or take a small rubbish bag with you.
    This is a protected area and we ask you to keep it clean.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • National/State Park
    • Jungle and Rain Forest

    Was this review helpful?


Cape Tribulation Warnings and Dangers

  • Sting Rays.

    During the wet season marine stingers are very common in the beach, so swiming is not a good option.

  • Dangers of Cape Trib

    Stinger season is between November - June each year. There are 2 crocodiles living at the mouth of Myall Creek and crossing the mouth is neck deep so I dont recommend trying that. The crocs wont chase you along the beach, if in doubt ask a local.

  • Danger in the Water!

    I'm sure you've heard about the deadly Box Jellyfish. The water may look welcoming, but you really don't want to go swimming between October and April when the jellyfish are most prevalent. There are signs like this one warning you about the dangers and there should be some vingear as well just in case someone's unfortunate enough to get stung.


Cape Tribulation Tourist Traps

  • Cape Tribulation,expensive food and...

    If you are going across the Daintree ferry to Cape Tribulation be aware of the mark up on food and supplies in this area. I wish to add Daintree Village on the southern side of the river. I am aware that cartage costs are added on for the wilderness areas but please be aware of the mark ups.I suggest if you are camping/backpacking or going on a...

  • No Mobile Reception

    There is no mobile reception in the whole Cape Trib area, Internet is very slow as well. Buy a phone card with a pin number to use while in CT, Let your friends know your going "into the jungle" Enjoy the sound of no mobile phones.

  • Rained In

    Please be advised that it can rain up to 250mm in a day at Cape Trib from Mar - Jun. The beaches during this time are littered with branches etc from the wash through. You may also get 'Stuck' in Cape Trib when the creeks flood, its not uncommon that once a year this happens. Coopers Creek crossing has been seen 2metres of water rushing through the...


Cape Tribulation What to Pack

  • Silvertraveller's Profile Photo

    by Silvertraveller Written Jan 21, 2007

    Luggage and bags: A medium sized bag is OK, leave your big bag at Cairns if you are coming up

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A poncho can be handy although it gets so steamy in summer your better off just wearing your bikini or boardies in the rain. Closed shoes are important to do most activities. A torch is important as there are no street lights and it can be dark walking to the beach at night.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There is a pharmacy in the village for any personal items required during your stay.

    Was this review helpful?


Cape Tribulation Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk amongst the mangroves.

    The Dubuji Boardwalk at Myall Beach,Daintree wilderness is very interesting and will educate you about the mangroves and the forest.It is an easy walk that takes approx 1 hour.Don't forget to take insect repellant and drinking water,some visitors have been badly bitten because they did not take heed regarding this valuable advice.

  • Nightwalks

    Most Travellers are told to do a nightwalk in Cape Trib, but what most people dont know is that Cape Trib has been farmed & logged over the last 100 years, there are quite a large number of domestic dogs in the area too. If you want to see the true daintree you need to do a nightwalk with coopers creek wilderness. Pru, Neil & Angie are awesom, very...

  • Cape Tribulation Hotels

    13 Hotels in Cape Tribulation

    87 Reviews and Opinions

Cape Tribulation Favorites

  • Captain Cook was in a bad mood

    Cape Trib is the site where Captain Cook nearly killed his crew. While sailing up along the coast, he was soon caught between the shores and the encroaching reef. When he decided to make a run for open water, Cook nearly sunk the boat by running in the coral reefs. Due to some excellent seamanship and good fortune, he made landfall again and was...

  • Captain Cook was in a bad mood

    Cape Trib is the site where Captain Cook nearly killed his crew. While sailing up along the coast, he was soon caught between the shores and the encroaching reef. When he decided to make a run for open water, Cook nearly sunk the boat by running in the coral reefs. Due to some excellent seamanship and good fortune, he made landfall again and was...

  • Ask a Question

    Got a question about Cape Tribulation? Get an answer from our Location locals and frequent travelers

Instant Answers: Cape Tribulation

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

56 travelers online now


Explore Deeper into Cape Tribulation
Map of Cape Tribulation

View all Cape Tribulation hotels