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Cape Tribulation Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 159 photos

Cape Tribulation is not much more than an isolated beach in the remote corners of the rain forest on north eastern QLD.

Coming up from Port Douglas, this will be where the pavement stops and 4WD would be needed to go the rest of the way to Cooktown (unless you take the interior roads over the tablelands).

Cape Trib is the site where Captain Cook nearly killed his crew. While sailing up along the coast, he was soon caught between the shores and the encroaching reef. When he decided to make a run for open water, Cook nearly sunk the boat by running in the coral reefs. Due to some excellent seamanship and good fortune, he made landfall again and was able to mend the boat.

Due to this and several other problems of the time, Cook was very depressed, stressed and resentful. Many locations now bear names to reflect his mood - Mount Sorrow, Desperation Point, Cape Tribulation, etc.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Untouched and pristine wilderness
  • Cons:If you're someone who needs to stay 'connected', you will not find it anywhere close.
  • In a nutshell:A nature lover's dream destination, if you can handle the jungle climate.
  • Intro Updated Jan 17, 2012
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Nice views as shown by your opening photo. Looks like a pretty remote area. Interesting that the local spots were named to reflect Cook's state of mind, LOL!

    • DSwede's Profile Photo
      Nov 29, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      Thanks for dropping in! Cape Trib was a nice stop, rustic and up my alley. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!!


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