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Cape Tribulation, Cairns: 16 reviews and 27 photos

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Took a day tour to Cape Tribulation with Cape Trib Connections. Was charged A$99, circa June 2003.
NOTE: There are changes to the tour itinerary since.

After the excitement we had at Cooper's Creek, we finally reached Cape Trib itself for the real excitement: Lunch!

Cape Tribulation is about 150km north of Cairns. The cape itself was named by Captain Cook in the late 1700's, since it was just a little north of here that his tribulations started when he ran his ship on to the Endeavour Reef. In the '70's it was a hippie outpost with a number of settlements, particularly at the infamous Cedar Bay, further north towards Cooktown. As earlier mentioned, it is one of the few places in Australia where the rainforest runs right down to the water. (The Wet Tropical Rainforests here are now protected by World Heritage Laws)

Lunch was followed by an hour of free time to explore Cape Tribulation Beach, which was just behind the Bistro we had stopped for lunch.

It was real unfortunate that I visited Cape Trib on a dull day. The beige-cloured beach was deserted, looked sad and forlorn against the grey misty sky. Wasn't a very pretty sight....so I did not wander too far. In the end, the group spent most of time huddling together on the beach, discussing everything from politics to nature conservation. It helped that the guide of the day, Dan, was the cynical type!

TIP: For folks heading this way, Cape Tribulation Beach has toilets and picnic tables and can get quite crowded. The waters are very shallow and sheltered from the winds, hence ideal for children. Dive boat departs from here at 8.30am. You can walk to the look-out - 10 minutes - or head north to the Cape Trib Beach House - 20 minutes, and hire a canoe to paddle from the Beach House. On reefs north of the Beach House, there is still some live coral on the edge of the fringing reef, if you have brought your snorkel.

Phone: +61 7 4035 5566
Website: http://www.downundertours.com/detail/cape-tribulation-daintree-rainforest

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 20, 2006
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