About Cape Tribulation

About Cape Tribulation - Cape Trib Ariel with kayaksCape Tribulation is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world and was included in the Wet Tropics World Heritage area in 1988. A visit to this area gives you the rare chance to experience two of Australias most significant world heritage sites – the oldest living rainforest in the world & the Great Barrier Reef.

The Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree National Park stretches from the Daintree River in the south to the Bloomfield River in the north and is home to many ancient plants and animals. The area features steep rainforest covered mountain ranges and rocky headlands intersected by crystal clear creeks sweeping down to meet long sandy tropical beaches and the fringing reefs of the Coral Sea.

There are many options for engaging with this magical place of natural beauty from the top of the lush green rainforest canopy to the blue lagoons of the coral reefs. Explore the National Park rainforest walks, ride through jungle trails & along sandy beaches on horseback or fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines. Experience remote beaches, waterfalls & steep mountain passes only accessible by 4WD or soak up the panoramic views of the coastal mountain range from the ocean on a kayak tour. Immerse yourself in the colourful world of the coral reefs or the darkness of the night in search of elusive nocturnal creatures & glowing fungi. Indulge your pallet with exotic fruit icecream and local produce at the restaurants, cafes & bistros.

Or simply relax, rejuvenate and be awestruck by the most ancient rainforest in the world where time stands still and nature takes charge.

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You will find a comprehensive list of tours from around Mossman, Daintree Village, Daintree River and tours and activities from the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree National Park and beyond.

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If you are planning on participating in any tours in the area during your stay, we recommend that you book ahead in order to avoid disappointment as many tours book out several days in advance during peak periods.

The Jungle Surfing and Ocean Safari tend to book out several days in advance and the D'Arcy of the Daintree 4WD tours are often booked out weeks in advance so please don't leave it until you arrive to arrange any tours!



Self Guided Walks

Self Guided Walks - Mardja BoardwalkThere are a number of self guided walks once across the Daintree river each providing access & enabling you to learn of the different types of tropical rainforest that make up the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree Nation Park.  Further details of individual walks can be found on the Queensland National Parks website  www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/daintree-cape-tribulation/about.html








Fresh Water Swimming Holes

BeachThe Cape Tribulation section of Daintree National park is home to many beautiful tropical beaches several of which you may have almost to yourself. Curl your toes in the white sands and stroll along the Jurassic coastline of these wild secluded beaches.

One of the highlights of a trip to the tropical rainforest is a refreshing dip in a crystal clear freshwater creek. Swim with native fish and freshwater turtles or maybe receive a prawn pedicure!  Check locally for safe swimming locations.







Tours & Activities

Oceans Safari Reef Trip

Oceans SafariThis half day Great Barrier Reef tour takes a maximum of 25 people to two different & exclusive snorkelling destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life & coral species. After boarding from the beautiful & remote Myall Beach at Cape Tribulation, an exhilarating 25 minute boat ride will take you from the stunning views of the Daintree coast line out to the Mackay & Undine reefs where you will be snorkelling over colourful coral along with myriads of tropical fish, giant clams, blue starfish, turtles and eagle rays.

Duration:             Approx 4 hrs
Departs:              Turtle Rock Café & Jungle Lodge, Cape Tribulation
Tour Times:        8.00am & 12noon







4WD Bloomfield Track & Wujal Wujal Falls Tour

Darcy of Daintree -Bloomfield FallsDiscover the magic of the 4WD Only Bloomfield coastal track through the eyes of a true local on this half day tour. Drive through creeks & over ranges with spectacular views from steep mountain passes, swimming holes & remote secluded beaches. Learn about the history, plants & wildlife and then take a bush walk to the Wujal Wujal falls with one of the Walker Family, members of the Kuku Yalanji clan & traditional custodians of the Daintree. See the rainforest through their eyes & learn about the cultural significance of this area and the uses of plant species for food, medicine & ceremonial purposes.

Duration:             Approx 4 hrs
Departs:              Collects from Black Palm Cape Tribulation
Tour Times:        7.30am






4WD Bloomfield Track, Wujal Wujal Falls & Cooktown Full Day Tour

4wd Bloomfield & Cooktown - Grassy Hill to Endeavour RiverHistory & nature combine on this full day tour exploring the Bloomfield track and Captain Cook’s Cooktown. Drive through creeks & over ranges with spectacular views from steep mountain passes, swimming holes & remote secluded beaches. Learn about the history, plants & wildlife from a true local & view the spectacular Wujal Wujal falls. Visit the quirky Lions Den Hotel, marvel at the Black Mountain, admire the lagoon full of water lilies at Keatings Wetlands, explore the James Cook Museum and soak up the 360 degree views from Grassy Hill. Various lunch options (not included in the cost) include barrumundi & chips or Aussie meat pie eaten without cutlery overlooking the Endeavour River.

Duration:             Approx 10hrs
Departs:              Collects from Black Palm Cape Tribulation
Tour Times:        7.30am






Cape Tribulation Cruises

Cape Tribulation Wilderness Cruises

Join the only tour boat permitted in the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree national park on a mangrove discovery tour in search of the Estuarine Crocodile. Wind your way from the Coral Sea at the mouth of the Coopers Creek towards the stunning panorama of Queensland’s third highest mountain, Thorntons Peak, on a leisurely and informative cruise up this wild, untouched jungle lined creek.

Duration:             Approx 1hr
Departs:              Thorntons Beach (15 mins south of Cape Tribulation)
Tour Times:        10.30am, 11.30am & 2.00pm






Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours 

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours put you at eye level with the beauty of natures biggest overachiever, where two world heritage areas collide. You’ll venture into the heart of the Daintree Rainforest and fly between six eco-friendly tree canopy platforms on this fully guided ziplining tour – with at least one hour spent in the treetops, dangling over freshwater creeks and looking out to the coral fringes of the Great Barrier Reef. The guides are champions of encouragement with brains overflowing with ecology facts. Experience a new kind of ‘rush hour’ in the jungle where the only daily grind comes from the Human Hamster Wheel – harnessing the energy of enthusiastic jungle surfers to hoist riders up to the first tree platform.

Duration:             Approx 2hr
Departs:              Jungle Adventure Centre, Cape Tribulation
Tour Times:        7.45am, 8.45am, 10.45am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm






Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk 

Ngadiku Dreamtime - Mossman GorgeYou are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits. The walk then meanders through stunning rainforest along private, gentle tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over meandering cool rainforest streams. Your experienced Indigenous guide demonstrates traditional plant use, identifies bush food sources and provides an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. Your guide demonstrates traditions like making bush soaps and ochre painting and at the end of the tour you’ll enjoy traditional bush tea and damper.

Duration:             1.5 hours
Departs:              Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre, Mossman approx 1.5hr drive south of Cape Tribulation
Tour Times:        10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 3pm






Freeride Electric Bike Tour

Cross creeks and climb slopes with ease as you follow our trails through wild and rugged forestry.  Trails for all ability levels.

Duration:             Approx 1hr
Departs:              Jungle Adventure Centre, Cape Tribulation
Tour Times:         9.30am, 11am, 1pm, 2.30pm








Exotic Fruit Tasting

Tantalise the taste buds and go on a tour around the world of tropical and exotic fruits. From the delectable chocolate pudding fruit, to the creamy mamey sapote, you’ll enjoy a platter of exotic fruit like you’ve never seen before. Taste, Touch, Smell & Enjoy a dozen or more of the exotic fruits grown at Cape Trib Farm – the original Fruit Tasting experience.

Duration:             1.5hrs (1hr fruit tasting and half hour orchard tour)
Departs:              Cape Tribulation Farmstay
Tour Times:        June – September Tours run daily at 2pm
October – May tours run on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun at 2pm






Cooper Creek Wilderness Grand Fan Palm Gallery Walk

The Grand Fan Palm Gallery tour allows discerning eco-travellers to venture into the heart of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world, in the company of an inhabitant guide. The grandeur and awe-inspiring beauty within the Daintree Rainforest’s most spectacular fan palm dominated rainforest, has to be experienced first hand.
Guided, interpreted walking tours are conducted on natural walking trails in small, exclusive groups. Cultural and natural heritage are interwoven with ecological values and biodiversity. Fascinating inter-relationships are revealed as an almost impossibly complex ecosystem is explained with the confidence and knowledge that only a bona fide member of the living landscape could possibly reveal.
At the heart of the immersion, a cathedral-like amphitheatre of ancient fan-palms underpins the grandeur of an old-growth canopy of rainforest giants. This is the Grand Fan Palm Gallery, a place of timeless sanctity and a sacred site for generations of human inhabitants.

Duration:             2 hours
Departs:             Cooper Creek Wilderness, Diwan (20 mins south of Cape Tribulation)
Tour Times:       10.00am & 2.00pm





Jungle Adventures Nightwalk   

Jungle Adventures Night WalkThe Daintree is not known for it’s nightlife – but the secret is, it’s all going on without you. The rainforest heaves with the breath of dragons, the croaks and clicks of insects, the scurrying of bandicoots and the slow, deliberate slighter of snakes.

Jungle Adventures guided night walks allow you to indulge your inner Attenborough and tune into all your senses – free from the shackles of technology – to discover what lies beneath the blanket of darkness.

This is the real land before time. A land 120 million years away from the touch of man and urban sprawl, with no interpretive signage – just you, a torch, and your very own human Wikipedia to introduce you to the furry, feathery and scaly locals. Have your own Night at the Museum in nature’s oldest living archive.

Duration:             Approx 2hr
Departs:              Cape Tribulation
Tour Times:        7.30pm






Daintree Discovery Centre  

Daintree Discovery CentreThe Daintree Discovery centre is an award winning interpretive facility that allows visitors easy access to every level of the Daintree Rainforest, from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the rainforest canopy. It features a 23m high canopy tower and 10m high aerial walkway, boardwalk tours and an interactive display centre. There are so many interesting things to see in the Daintree Rainforest so step back into a prehistoric era, drop into the discovery centre and learn all about the weird and wonderful things you can see.

Duration:             As little or as long as you like! Entry ticket includes 7 day re-entry
Departs:              Cow Bay, Daintree (15 minutes after ferry crossing)
Tour Times:        Open 8.30am – 5.00pm

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Cape Trib Horse Rides

Cape Trib Horse RideEnjoy the breathtaking Cape Tribulation scenery as you meander your way through the oldest living rainforest in the world. Ride through crystal clear mountain streams, through paddocks and slow gallop along the spectacular Cape Tribulation beach. The only horse riding available north of the river, these beach rides cater for beginners, intermediate & advanced riders on friendly, well trained horses.

Duration:             1.5 – 2.hrs
Departs:              Cape Tribulation
Tour Times:        8.00am & 2.30pm






Cooper Creek Greater Wilderness Experience

Greater Wilderness provides discerning travellers with deeper and more successful access into the centrepiece of the world’s oldest surviving rainforest, revealing tremendous insight into a remarkable landscape.

Spectacular old-growth rainforest is presented through the accumulated knowledge of the inhabitant guide. This intensive guided tour, through the awe-inspiring grandeur of majestic, World Heritage rainforest, presents the complexities of an ancient ecosystem, with the ongoing refinement in knowledge that only the greater part of a lifetime’s inhabitancy allows.

For the past twenty-six-years, this human inhabitancy has applied a dedicated scrutiny to the rainforest, accumulating a depth of knowledge that is shared with participants on this in-depth immersion.

Duration:             4hr (6.5km)
Departs:             Cooper Creek Wilderness, Diwan (20 mins south of Cape Tribulation)
Tour Times:        8.30am or 1.00pm






Daintree Icecream Company

Daintree Ice Cream CompanyThe Daintree Icecream Company is set in lush landscaped gardens with stunning views of the mountain range. Sample four exotic fruit flavours of icecream in the one pot (flavours vary according to the season), stroll through the exotic fruit orchard at the front of the property and view weird & wonderful fruits in the ripening cages.

Location:             Diwan (north side of the ferry on route to Cape Tribulation)
Open Hours:      11.00am – 5.00pm






Floravilla Icecream Factory & Art Gallery

Floravilla Ice CreamFloravilla produces biodynamic & organic home made icecream featuring exotic fruit & traditional flavours. With always at least 26 different flavours from Classic Vanilla, Guiness & Rum & Raisin to Black Sapote, Wattleseed, Goji berry and Dragonfruit there is a flavour for everyone.

Floravilla owner Betty Hinton is recognised as one of the top 100 botanical artists worldwide and she manages to capture the beauty of the Daintree Rainforest in exquisite detail as exhibited in her art gallery on site.

Location:             Cow Bay (11km north of the ferry on route to Cape Tribulation)
Open Hours:      8.30am – 5.30pm






Daintree Entomological Museum

Daintree Entomological MuseumThe Entomological Museum houses an extensive collection of insects, moths and butterflies from Australia and worldwide displayed in timber framed glass cases. There is also a small display of live insects & spiders for those that prefer a hands on approach.

Location:             Diwan
Open Hours:      10.00am – 5.00pm