What to see and do in Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation in Tropical North Queensland is the only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed sites exist side by side. This rainforest village lies in the thick of the Daintree National Park, and right on its doorstep is the Great Barrier Reef.

If you’re up for exploring the reef, keep an eye out for Ocean Safari’s bright yellow boats. Within 25 minutes, they’ll have you on the reef, ready to dive in with your goggles and snorkel! The half-day eco-tour will take you to Mackay Reef – one of the closest reef systems to the Queensland coastline. There is an abundance of coral to see here and the variety of marine life is certainly spectacular!

Well, that’s the reef ticked off; now for the rainforest. Mist at Cape Tribulation lies beneath the thick, green canopies of the Daintree Rainforest. There are three luxury pavilions on the property, that were hand-built by siblings, Mary and Paul.

“It was a jungle; an out-of-control jungle,” said Paul.

Mary explained:

“Two-and-a-half years searching for the right property and we found this one and it was totally overgrown. Our first job at hand was to try to see what was in here.”

Looking at the gorgeous gardens and hangout areas now, you really do get a sense of how much of a labour of love this place is.

If you’re planning to drive to Cape Tribulation from Cairns, there are a few things to know. Between Cairns and Port Douglas there are some amazing coastal views, so make sure you’ve got your camera ready! It’s about a three-hour drive, so you might like to pull in to Port Douglas or Mossman for a morning coffee. To get over to the Daintree National Park, you’ll need to catch the Daintree River Ferry. The ferry runs throughout the day and it’ll only take about 5 – 10 minutes to get over there. Once you’ve arrived, the adventure begins! Have fun and use hashtag #QueenslandWeekender on Instagram to share your photos with us!

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