Australia: The Land Where Time Began

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Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park  What's special?

Lush tropical rainforests and coral reefs meet in this scenic and popular coastal section of Daintree National Park stretching between the Daintree and Bloomfield Rivers. Cape Tribulation is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The beaches, reefs and offshore waters are protected in marine parks.

Away from the coast, the land rises steeply to cloud-swept Thornton Peak. The park is renowned for its rich diversity of plants and wildlife with lowland and upland rainforests, mangroves, swamps and heathlands. Rare and unusual species include primitive flowering plants, the giant white-tailed rat, southern cassowary and Bennett’s tree-kangaroo.

The Kuku Yalanji people who have lived in this area for thousands of years call Cape Tribulation, “Kulki”. The Cape was named by Captain Cook as the place his troubles began during the historic 1770 voyage of discovery.

Exploring Cape Tribulation

Break your journey with a picnic at Jindalba or Cape Tribulation. Go birdwatching. See beautiful rainforest birds such as the cassowary, wompoo pigeon or noisy pitta.

Camp at Noah Beach, 8km south of Cape Tribulation. Toilets, water and an outdoor shower stand are provided. Take a fuel stove. Campfires are not allowed. Remove your rubbish. Pay your camping fees at the on-site self-registration station. The camping area is closed in the wet season and after heavy rains. The maximum stay is seven nights. Supplies are available at Cow Bay and Cape Tribulation.

Find out about the rainforest and mangroves along the Maardja boardwalk at Oliver Creek or the Dubuji boardwalk at Cape Tribulation. Explore the rainforest along short tracks at Jindalba or walk along Kulki or Myall Beaches. Keen, very fit walkers can climb to a lookout over the Daintree coast along the Mt Sorrow ridge trail.

Go sea kayaking. Swimming is not recommended as estuarine crocodiles live in the park’s creeks and nearby coastal waters. Beware of marine stingers from October to May. Fishing is not allowed in the park.

You can also camp on Snapper Island just offshore. Toilet and barbecues are provided. You must pre-book your site through

Visit one of the many tourist facilities in the area. Find out about Kuku Yalanji culture. Contact the Wujal Wujal Council on (07) 4060 8155 or the Mossman Gorge Community Rangers on (07) 4098 1305.


Wear a hat and sunscreen and insect repellent when walking. Carry water. Talk to the ranger and complete a bushwalker registration form if planning a longer walk. The tough, full-day Mt Sorrow ridge trail starts 150m north of the Kulki day-use area turnoff.


The toilets at Noah Beach are wheelchair-accessible.

Getting there

Travel 104km north of Cairns via the Cook Highway to the Daintree River crossing. The ferry operates 6am–midnight every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday. Take care on the narrow, winding roads. Conventional access is possible though high clearance is useful and towing caravans is not recommended. The road from Cape Tribulation to Bloomfield has many creek crossings and steep grades. Four-wheel-drive is strongly recommended. Wildlife is common along this road. Please drive carefully, especially at night. This road may be closed after heavy rain. Check current road conditions with RACQ (07) 4033 6433 or 1300 130 595.

Sources & Further reading

Journey Back Through Time
Experience Australia
Aboriginal Australia
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