Whether you are backpacking around Far North Queensland, looking for romantic things to do in or around Cairns or looking for activities for kids, a visit to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree rainforest should definitely be on the to-do list.
Cape Tribulation became a tourist destination in the mid-1980s when the first backpacker hostels were built. This followed a period of environmental turmoil with the construction of the controversial Bloomfield Track linking Cape Tribulation and the aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal to the north. This helped to announce the regions natural beauty and environmental importance to a national and international audience, through news coverage of the events surrounding the protests, and contributed to the declaration of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in 1988. The construction of additional accommodation in the 1990’s, including upmarket options and B & B’s, brought more tourists to the region. Today, Cape Tribulation is a very popular destination for local, domestic and international visitors alike and a beautiful area to have the privilege to experience.
Although accessible all year round, extra caution needs to be taken when travelling to the area during the wet season, from December to April. During this time, heavy rain can make some of the creeks impassable and crossing these should not be attempted by the inexperienced and unprepared traveller. It is still, however, a great time to visit the region with the plants becoming beautifully green and lush and the creeks flowing crystal clear, a true rainforest experience. There are also fewer visitors making it possible to experience some of the fabulous attractions and sights without being disturbed by others. The peak tourist period is from June to November, the dry season. This time sees increased visitor numbers due to the cooler temperatures, lower humidity and decreased rainfall. Being the tropics, it is still warm enough to enjoy the golden beaches and pristine freshwater swimming holes. This is also the time of year to visit if you are planning to continue further north up the Bloomfield Track to Cooktown and, eventually, Cape York Peninsula.
There are many different attractions to see and tours to go on while visiting Cape Tribulation. You can lounge on undisturbed golden beaches, swim in the crystal clear, freshwater creeks, immerse yourself in the beauty of the region’s natural environment on one of the walking tracks or come face to face with the local wildlife. There are also adventure tours and plenty of guided discovery tours that take visitors to pockets of the region that many would overlook. When it comes to relaxation, Cape Tribulation is truly exceptional.