Welcome to Cape Tribulation

Despite the backpacker bars and tour operators, Cape Trib retains a frontier quality, with road signs alerting drivers to cassowary crossings, and croc warnings making evening beach strolls a little less relaxing. That there's no reliable mobile-phone reception or network internet adds to the remoteness – although there's now (since 2018) pricey roaming internet in the village.

The rainforest skirts beautiful Myall and Cape Tribulation beaches, which are separated by a knobby cape. The village here marks the end of the sealed road: beyond, the strictly 4WD-only Bloomfield Track continues north to Wujal Wujal.

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Cape Tribulation activities

$13.72 Transfers & Ground Transport

Cairns Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Start your holiday or business trip off right with a worry-free pickup from Cairns Airport (CNS) and transport by shared shuttle to most hotels in the area of Cairns city, the Northern Beaches, Port Douglas and Silky Oaks Lodge. Your driver meets you at the airport and welcomes you aboard the comfortable coach. After all passengers have boarded, your professional driver whisks you to your destination in Cairns city, the Northern Beaches, Port Douglas and Silky Oaks Lodge. When making a booking, please provide your flight details and the full name and address of your hotel. Once your transfer is confirmed, you'll receive a travel voucher to present to your driver—it's that easy. Remember to book your return transfer too.Hotel drop-offs in: • Cairns City hotels • Cairns South hotels including All Season Cairns Gateway, Trinity Links Woree, Cairns Reef Apartments and Motel, Cairns Tropical Gardens Motel, Cairns Villa and Cairns Sunland Leisure Park and Palm Royale Cairns, and other properties south of the railway tracks in the direction of Mulgrave Road • Port Douglas hotels • Northern Beaches hotels (Trinity Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach) • Silky Oaks Lodge (Mossman)—transfers only available between 8am and 5pmPlease note: Transfers are not available to Cape Tribulation and Mission Beach

$129.28 Day Trips & Excursions

Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns

After pickup from your hotel, travel by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle north along the coast, taking in rugged mountains to one side and miles of golden sand and crystal clear waters to the other.When you reach Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, disembark to explore the wildlife park, which features native Australian wildlife in rainforest, wetlands and grasslands exhibits. See the critters up close, including cassowaries, tree-kangaroos, crocodiles, koalas and a variety of birds. You can even hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. Next, travel another 15 minutes north to Mossman Gorge, located in the southern section of Daintree National Park. Your guide shares informative commentary as you take a leisurely walk through the rainforest to viewing decks above the Mossman River. Learn about how local Kuku Yalanji people utilize forest plants for food, shelter and medicine and look for wildlife such as the Ulysses butterfly and Boyd's forest dragon.Continue up the coast to Cape Tribulation, using the Daintree River Ferry to cross the river. Stop at the Mt Alexandra Lookout for spectacular views that extend on a clear day from the Daintree Rainforest and Daintree River across the Coral Sea to the edge of the Great Barrier Reef.Arrive at Cape Tribulation and enjoy a delicious lunch at Cape Tribulation Beach House. For your main course, choose from locally caught barramundi (fish), steak or a vegetarian option, accompanied by garden salad, chips, fresh-baked bread and tropical fruit. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the white sands of the world famous beach. You can swim in the Coral Sea (in season), cool off in the rainforest pool at Cape Tribulation Beach House or stroll along the beach and boardwalk. Then return to the Daintree River for a 1-hour cruise in calm waters. Be on the lookout for birds, butterflies, reptiles and saltwater crocodiles, and marvel at the tall mangroves that line the banks.After the river cruise, your guide returns you to your hotel with a brief stop at Rex Lookout between Port Douglas and Cairns.

$107.61 Day Trips & Excursions

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge from Cairns or Port Douglas

The world’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest, Daintree, meets the greatest living tropical reef, the Great Barrier Reef, at Cape Tribulation. Nowhere else on Earth do two World Heritage–listed natural sites exist side by side, and you’ll have ample time to enjoy this paradise on your day trip from Cairns. After hotel pickup, begin your tour with a scenic coastal drive to Port Douglas along far north Queensland’s great ocean road, which provides panoramic views over the Coral Sea. Heading north, your first stop is Mossman Gorge, the southern sector of Daintree National Park. Carved out by the mountain waters of the Mossman River, which winds through large granite boulders, the gorge is bordered by lush green forest. Participate in an Australian ‘Welcome to Country’ event with the area’s traditional owners, the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people, who cleanse you of evil spirits with a smoke ceremony and apply traditional rainforest body paint to your skin. Then enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters. Continuing North, arrive at the Daintree River, and if you select the cruise option during booking, you will head out on the river for a wildlife cruise. You might spot a crocodile while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this serpent-like river system. Next, have lunch at Cape Trib Beach House dining on the beach with toes in the sand (weather permitting). Soak up the vibes by the ocean while you refuel for the afternoon ahead. On the way back to Cairns, explore this ancient rainforest environment on a tour along the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk with a highly trained guide who provides rainforest interpretation. Marvel at the diversity of vegetation, from low-lying ferns and shrubs to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems, all in one short easy walk. Then head to Cape Tribulation Beach, where the rainforest meets the reef. This is one of the best photo ops of the day and the ideal place to be wowed by the natural beauty of this little corner of the planet. Then make a pit stop at Floravilla, home to 26 flavors of locally made ice cream including dragonfruit, coconut ginger, black sapote, and goji berry with rainforest honey (ice cream at own expense). Stop for a photo opportunity at the Alexandra Range lookout (Walu Wugirriga), which provides views over the Daintree River, its rainforest delta, and out to the Coral Sea. Then hop back on your tour bus for the return journey to Cairns, including a quick drive through Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laidback atmosphere and many bars and cafes. Your day trip ends with drop-off at your pickup location.

$140.84 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Tribulation and Daintree Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas

Day 1: Cairns/Port Douglas – Cape Tribulation (L)Picking up from selected hotels in Cairns and Port Douglas, your first stop will be the Wildlife Habitat to see endangered cassowaries and rare Lumholtz tree kangaroos. There’s time here to shop, snack and have your photo taken cuddling a koala (own expense).Then head to Cape Tribulation for guaranteed crocodile and other wildlife spotting on a Daintree River cruise, stopping for stunning Coral Sea views at Alexandra Lookout. After a picnic lunch (included), stretch your legs on a guided walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Next, drive to Cape Tribulation Beach for a stroll on the boardwalk to the lookout, and then be taken to your chosen accommodation.Overnight: Shared dormitory or twin-share private cabin at Cape Trib Beach HouseDay 2: Cape Tribulation – Cairns/Port DouglasSpend today at leisure, exploring the rainforest on your own, or upgrade to include activities to make the most of your time at Cape Trib! Snorkel the coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef and fly high above the Daintree Rainforest canopy on a fun and educational zipline tour.

$133.61 Day Trips & Excursions

Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest and Wildlife Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Great Barrier Reef DriveYou’ll be picked up from your accommodation in our comfortable, modern coach before travelling the Great Barrier Reef Drive to Port Douglas. Get to know your fellow passengers as you enjoy the incredible scenery on the Great Barrier Reef Drive Duration: 1 hourStop At: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Port Douglas, QueenslandSee the endangered Cassowary, Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo, a myriad of iconic Australian animals and have the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Daintree Rainforesthead north to where the Rainforest meets the Reef. Cross the Daintree River on a cable-driven ferry. Travel along the rainforest-fringed Cape Tribulation Road through Daintree National Park, a magnificent wilderness regionDuration: 8 hoursStop At: Mount Alexandra Lookoutenjoy the magnificent views at Alexandra LookoutDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Crocodile Express Daintree River Cruises, Daintree, Daintree Region, QueenslandYou’ll also have the chance to spot wildlife in their natural habitat when you board the Daintree River crocodile cruise.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Tropic Wings Cairns Tours, Cairns, Cairns Region, QueenslandTropic Wings Cairns Tours & Charters offers a range of tour options including Cape Tribulation and the Daintree.Pass By: Gray Line Australia - Cairns, Cairns, Cairns Region, Queenslandpremier touring company

$75.83 Outdoor Activities

Cape Tribulation Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour

On arrival at the harnessing centre, you’ll meet your team of guides who’ll be taking you ziplining through the jungle. Each guest will be fitted with a full body harness and helmet.A 350m walk through the forest leads to the Departure Lounge, where you’ll be given a safety briefing before leaving the forest floor to be hoisted up to platform 1 by the Human Hamster Wheel Cable Lift.On each platform, a guide will greet you, connect you safely to the tree, and tell you fascinating story of the Daintree Rainforest before sending you on your way to the next platform.From Platform 1 – 4, you will travel in pairs a few metres apart. The guides control your gentle flight, leaving you free to take photographs or just admire the stunning views. Platform 3 is cantilevered off the hillside and gives you some amazing views of the Great Barrier Reef and canopy. Platform 3 to 4, you’ll stop briefly at the highest point of the tour, 20 metres above Mason Creek. If you visit during the green season, this creek will be a raging torrent of white water.Platform 4 to 5, is the opportunity for thrill seekers to try something different, and if you choose to do so, you can flip yourself upside down and watch the ground beneath you speed past. Don’t forget to give us your best Tarzan cry!The final span to the ground features side-by-side racing ziplines with speeds over 45km/h! Or there’s an option to take it slowly!Then you have a short walk back to the harnessing centre where you'll be taken back to the Jungle Adventure Centre to view your photos and then on to your Cape Tribulation accommodation if you’re staying in the local area.

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