Cape Tribulation, Queensland

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Cape Tribulation is a headland and locality in northern Queensland, Australia 110 km (68 mi) north of Cairns. It is located within the Daintree National Park and the Wet Tropics World Heritage area. It is within the local government area of Shire of Douglas (between 2008 and 2013, it was within the Cairns Region). At the 2011 census, Cape Tribulation had a population of 330.

Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia

From the mid-1980s the first backpackers hostels started getting built, and in the 1990s some more resorts for the more upmarket tourists. Nowadays there are also several small owner operated Bed and Breakfast eco lodges hidden away in the rainforest. Compared to a lot of famous tourist destinations along coastal Queensland, Cape Tribulation is still an off the beaten track destination.

Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia

Most people visit the area during the dry season between July and November. During the wet season marine stingers are prevalent causing locals and visitors to swim in the many creeks that are not infested with crocodiles. There are four main resorts in the area catering to backpackers and more upmarket tourists, and some unique rainforest bed and breakfasts.

Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia

A sealed road provides access to the area from the south via the Daintree River Ferry and with the completion of the Cooper Creek bridge access is now year round all weather. North from Cape Tribulation Beach House, a four-wheel drive unsealed road, known as the Bloomfield Track, continues to the Bloomfield River, Wujal Wujal, Bloomfield Falls and Cooktown and is often closed during the wet season (February to April).

Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is some 19 km (12 mi) due east; there is a boat charter that leaves from the beach at Cape Tribulation. Other activities available are 4WD tours, horse-riding, kayaking, jungle surfing and crocodile cruises. The Daintree Entomological Museum showcasing the butterfly and beetle collection of lifelong collector Steve Lamond is located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Cape Tribulation.

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