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Cape Tribulation

Updated Wed 18 Jan 2023

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Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest

Cape Tribulation is a popular tourist destination in Northern Queensland, Australia. It is a coastal area located within the Daintree Rainforest, with both beautiful forests and beaches within its borders. Cape Tribulation is so special because it is right at the crossroads of two World Heritage Sites: The Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. 


Great Barrier Reef

Cape Tribulation is located right on the shores of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. As the world's largest coral reef system, this extensive coral reef is home to so many unique marine species and underwater ecosystems. Travelers love to go snorkeling and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. You can also book scenic flights over the reef and see the magnificent natural wonder from the air! Most Great Barrier Reef boat tours leave from Port Douglas or Cairns, but you can book tours in Cape Tribulation when you arrive as well. 

underwater coral reefs


Daintree Rainforest

Cape Tribulation is nestled right in the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest on the planet! At 180 million years old, approximately, this dense tropical rainforest is home to exotic plants and animals, as well as breathtaking landscapes. 

Cape Tribulation is a largely untouched area within the rainforest, and it's an ideal destination for those who love to explore the outdoors. While its popularity increases every year, Cape Tribulation has always been an escape away from the ordinary and a secluded place to enjoy a tropical getaway.

It has an abundance of activities that suit any type of traveller, including ziplining, horseback riding, diving, snorkelling, hiking, and relaxing. All of these activities can be enjoyed during guided tours from Cairns or Port Douglas, or on self-drive tours.

girls at a rainforest lookout


More About Cape Tribulation

Since the 1980s there has been an increase in resorts, hostels, and lodges all throughout Cape Tribulation. The remote and secluded area has become a popular destination for all types of travellers. It's great for families, backpackers, solo travellers, and couples who want to explore this beautiful region of Australia and discover its beauty and secrets for themselves.

While the population of Cape Tribulation remains quite low, it has everything you will need for a holiday escape. With supermarkets, bottle shops, ATMs, and a few restaurants and cafes, you can escape into the rainforest with some of the modern comforts of home. There is limited cell reception and internet, though you can buy phone data if you need access to the outside world. But Cape Tribulation offers a rare opportunity to disconnect, switch off, and just enjoy the serenity of nature. 

To visit this beautiful headland, you'll make your way 45 minutes past Port Douglas, and take the Daintree Ferry across the Daintree River to the lowlands. From there, you can start your Cape Trib journey. There are tours that leave daily, either from Cairns, Port Douglas, or from downtown Cape Trib itself. Tours take you to many places you can't reach in your own vehicle, making it the best way to see Cape Trib and the surrounding area.

person by the beach in the rainforest


Check out our full list of Cape Tribulation day tours here! Call us on (07) 4082 7470 or live chat with us online if you need help planning your Cape Trib adventure!

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