How to go from Cairns to Cape Tribulation

How to go from Cairns to Cape Tribulation

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 02/13/2019

Reading time: 2 mins

The Cape Tribulation promises an eclectic showcase of spectacular scenery and plenty of things to do.

With crystal clear waters, shimmering white sandy beaches, and a wondrous rainforest bursting with unique wildlife, Cape Tribulation is a slice of paradise chock-a-block with dreamy sites. But due to its unspoiled scenery, it isn’t the easiest place to get to. Apart from the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest site, roads are fully blocked from the area, giving you pure taste nature untouched by man. Although this is a stunning discovery once there, getting around might be a bit tricky.

  • Public Transport

    If you’d rather put more effort in for a cheaper journey, the public transports the way to go. Trains connect from Cairns straight up to Cape Tribulation every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. However, plan your journey right, with return trains only operating on alternative days excluding Sunday. The train usually takes around three hours, so pack some snack for the voyage.

  • Bus Tours

    De-stress while the tour does the organising for you. Simply book a ticket and sit back and relax. Multiple companies offer tours every day, promising a variety of packages for families, young travellers, or a mix. Picking you up from your Cairn’s hotel early morning, the bus trudges along the coastal highway, stopping off along the way to show you secret sites and unique wonders. Having a guide there also helps you discover much more about the area, so instead of reading countless brochures or strolling the net simply ask the guide about the land’s history, the unique wildlife, and the secrets of the range.

  • Driving yourself

    Prefer to lead rather than follow? Making your own way from Cairns can turn out to be easier for some. Hiring a car from the Cairns airport can range from thirty dollars to more depending on your size and style choice. Simple pay up front, grab the keys, and head onto the open road. Staying a couple nights to explore both Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest is well worth the effort. Cabins are nestled deep within the rainforest where you can embrace the lack of wifi and an abundance of wildlife.

Related article: Why is it called Cape Tribulation?

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.