Australia has many special beaches, but there’s something really unique about stepping out of the rainforest and onto the stunning white sand at Cape Tribulation. This part of north Queensland is popular with bushwalkers; there are easy and difficult trails - certainly enough to spend plenty of time enjoying this scenic region.
Explore Cape Tribulation's landscapes
Perhaps the best walking route is the day expedition to Mount Sorrow through the Daintree National Park. Despite its name, you certainly won’t regret trekking here, because the views from the top are out of this world. On the trail you’re likely to see spangled drongos, topknot pigeons and lots of butterflies, plus, when you reach the summit at 680 metres above sea level, on a good day you can see the Daintree coastline in the distance.
Once across the Daintree River, you'll enter tropical rainforest right the way up to the renowned wilderness area of Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef. Spend a few nights in one of the rainforest retreats to fully relax and immerse yourself in nature. Cape Tribulation holidays are varied, informative and as active or relaxed as you wish.
This World Heritage region is recognised for its superb wildlife and offers the traveller a chance to see a whole host of Australian wildlife in pristine natural environments. Such wildlife includes a diverse range of flora as well as peppermint stick insects — if you can find them — and Boyd’s forest dragons.
Cape Tribulation tours include meandering through the rainforest with an indigenous guide. You’ll learn about how the natives use the plants and bush around them for food, and will gain an excellent understanding of the rainforest. Or, for a different point of view of the forest, soar above it on a zip line with Jungle Surfing.
Of course, you can simply just lie back and enjoy the gorgeous Queensland sunshine here. Head out on a boat to snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef, or just take everything in from the beach. Cape Kimberley will offer a pretty walk to the Daintree River, while Cow Bay Beach has the feel of a secluded desert island, especially if you trek around the headlands, and Thornton Beach combines the rainforest with the reef.