Cape Tribulation: A Must-Visit Destination Near Cairns

Introduction to Cape Tribulation

  • Overview: Cape Tribulation is a remote headland and ecotourism hotspot within the Daintree National Park. It’s the place where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, offering a unique blend of lush rainforest and pristine beaches.
  • Significance: Named by British explorer James Cook in 1770, Cape Tribulation is renowned for its natural beauty, rich biodiversity, and outdoor adventures.

Top Activities at Cape Tribulation

Beach Walks and Relaxation

Stroll along the stunning beaches of Cape Tribulation, such as Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Enjoy the serene atmosphere, picturesque views, and soft white sand.

Highlights: Low-tide beach walks, picnics, and sunset views.

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours


Experience the thrill of zip-lining through the rainforest canopy with Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours. This eco-friendly adventure provides an exhilarating way to see the rainforest from above.

Highlights: Multiple zip-lines, spectacular views, and guided eco-tours.

Guided Rainforest Walks

Jindalba Boardwalk

Explore the dense rainforest on guided walks. Learn about the region’s unique flora and fauna, discover hidden waterfalls and ancient trees, and see rare wildlife.

Popular Trails: Dubuji Boardwalk, Madja Botanical Walk, and Kulki Boardwalk.

Great Barrier Reef Tours

Ocean Safari

Take a boat tour from Cape Tribulation to the nearby Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving in one of the world’s most famous marine environments, teeming with colourful coral and diverse marine life.

Tour Operators: Ocean Safari, Tropic Wings, and Daintree Discovery Tours.

Horse Riding Adventures

Experience the beauty of Cape Tribulation on horseback. Horse riding tours take you through the rainforest, along the beach, and even into the shallow waters of the Coral Sea.

Popular Providers: Cape Trib Horse Rides and Daintree Horse Riding.

Wildlife Spotting

    • Keep an eye out for local wildlife such as cassowaries, tree kangaroos, and a variety of bird species. Guided night walks offer a chance to see nocturnal animals in their natural habitat.
    • Highlights: Daintree Entomological Museum, guided night walks, and birdwatching tours.

Accommodation at Cape Tribulation

  • Eco-Lodges and Resorts: Stay in environmentally-friendly lodges that offer comfort and immersion in nature.
  • Popular Options: Cape Trib Beach House, Ferntree Rainforest Lodge, and PK’s Jungle Village.

Dining Options

  • Local Cuisine: Enjoy fresh, locally-sourced meals at the restaurants and cafes in Cape Tribulation.
  • Recommended Spots: Whet Restaurant, Treetops Restaurant, and Turtle Rock Cafe.

Travel Tips 

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry season (May to October) is the best time to visit, with cooler temperatures and less rain.
  • Getting There: Cape Tribulation is accessible by road from Cairns. The journey involves a scenic drive and a ferry crossing over the Daintree River.
  • What to Pack: Lightweight clothing, sturdy walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a rain jacket.
  • Safety Tips: Be cautious of marine stingers in the water during the warmer months (November to May), and avoid swimming in rivers and creeks due to crocodiles.