Cape Tribulation is located within the Daintree National Park and the Wet Tropics World Heritage
area about 110km north of Cairns. The region is a tropical wonderland that includes 95kms of magnificent coastal rainforest and pristine tropical beaches stretching from the sugar town of Mossman in the south to the Bloomfield River in the north. The Daintree has been left relatively untouched by the world of urban development, noise and air pollution allowing visitors to experience the purity of the natural surroundings. Most business operators are committed to eco-tourism activities and visitors will find wonderful opportunities of outdoor activities without the glitz of greedy commercialism.
This trek note provides a self-drive route along sealed roads with a vehicular ferry service transporting visitors across the Daintree River and a bridge over Cooper Creek making all weather access year round for all vehicles including 2WDs and caravans. Cape Tribulation is at the end of the sealed road, 35km from the Daintree River Ferry. The road is narrow and winding so take your time to do the drive safely. It is best to allow faster traffic to pass but only stop where you can pull off the road safely. Drivers should also watch for wildlife, particularly cassowaries.
Most people visit the area during the dry season with the peak period between July and November. (Please note that access north of Cape Tribulation is 4WD only via the Bloomfield Track
and is often closed during the wet season February to April).
How to Use this Trek Note
Click the "Map" tab below to see the route we've provided. Icons on the map are the POIs you'll need for navigation purposes. Be sure to check the list of Nearby Places
on each POI page.
If you'd like to save this information there are a couple of ways to go about it, depending on what you're actually after:-
- Ideal solution - download the ExplorOz Traveller App from Google Play or the App Store. The app enables you to carry the ExplorOz Places, Treks, & Maps data offline in your mobile device ready for your adventures. It is a complete mapping, navigation and tracking app. For more details, read our ExplorOz Traveller page.
- You can print a paper copy of the text using the print icon button shown above, near the social media buttons. For the best output it is advised to open each tab/section to load all images and artwork. You will still need to click open each Place page (listed in Where to Stay, What to See) to print off all available information.
- If you have a Hema Navigator or use Mapping Software such as OziExplorer, or TrackRanger AND you are an ExplorOz Member, then you can click the Download Trek button at the top of this page to obtain the raw data files (eg. GPX) for this Trek.
- If you're not a Member, or you'd like to batch download the entire Treks database you can obtain this by buying a product called EOTreks Route Files from our online shop.
The Daintree Rainforest encompasses the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree National Park and is Australia
's largest remaining tropical lowland rainforest. At at over 100 million years of age it is perhaps the oldest rainforest anywhere in the world. The rainforest eco-system and microclimate support primitive and ancient plant species and many rare native mammals, birds and butterflies. In 1988 the Daintree was declared a World Heritage
Taking a cruise on the Daintree River will allow you to view crocodiles and birdlife.
Prior the invasion of the Europeans, the Cape Tribulation area was occupied by Aboriginal people called Kuku Yalanji.
Captain James Cook named Cape Tribulation, "because here began all our troubles", when his ship ran aground on what is now known as Endeavour reef off the coast in 1770, however the area was not settled by Europeans until the 1920s, despite earlier timber cutting of red cedar and tropical agriculture.
Tourism began in the 1970s but by 1981 recognition of the area's significance led to the declaration of the Cape Tribulation National Park and by 1988 the Cape Tribulation area was included in the Wet Tropics World Heritage
The road to Cape Tribulation was only built in 1962. The first person to drive to Cape Tribulation was Marion Swenson in an old, ex army, Bren gun carrier. She drove along Coconut Beach, across Myall Creek mouth (at low tide) and up into Mason’s property via the existing track to the wharf in Myall Creek. Later, the last section of road was completed, eliminating the need to drive on the beach.