Exploring Cape Tribulation

Where the bitumen road comes to an end before the Bloomfield Track, you’ll find Cape Tribulation.

Only about 200-300 people live in Cape Trib (as the locals call it) and many live off-the-grid on properties hidden away in the rainforest. The scenery is stunning with old growth rainforest hanging down over wide empty white sandy beaches. It is a beautiful escape from the rat race where you can recharge your batteries and reconnect with nature.

While Cape Trib has been a popular backpacker destination for many years, there is now a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes as well as a handful of places to eat. There are also lots of things to do from the lazy to the adrenaline pumping. Here are a few on our bucket list.

You cannot visit the Daintree without taking a crocodile cruise to get close to saltwater crocodiles in the wild. The cruises take visitors through the mangroves from Thornton’s Beach, with tours departing three times a day. It is amazing to see saltwater crocodiles in the wild and in their natural habitat so a cruise is definitely worth doing.

A great way to explore the canopy of the rainforest is with Jungle Surfing. The company offers six platforms and seven ziplines taking you around a 40 acre rainforested property. You get to see the rainforest from lots of different levels and angles as well as enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean.

Take a self-guided rainforest walk. The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest living rainforest on the planet, even older than the Amazon. There are a few different interpretive self-guided boardwalks that you can do in your own time and at your own pace. The Dubuji Boardwalk is a beautiful 1.8 km walk through rainforest and mangroves. It is accessed from Myall Beach as well as a path near the kid’s playground next to PKs Village. The Maardja Botanical Walk is about 10 minutes south of Cape Trib and is a really popular walk with locals and tourists.

If you like to wet a line, the fishing is excellent. Fishing off the beach is incredibly popular and when the tide is right out at Myall Beach, fishing from the rockpools and drop-off area is a great spot too. There are also many fishing tours available in the area but inquire beforehand as to where the fish are biting so you get on the right trip.

For one of the most memorable things to do in Cape Tribulation, watch the sunrise or sunset while on horseback as you ride along the beach. Rides last between 2.5 to 3 hours and include a ride through rainforest, creeks and the beach.