Why is Cape Tribulation so famous?

Why is Cape Tribulation so famous?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 07/13/2021

Reading time: 4 mins

There is a simple reason why Cape Tribulation is so famous: it’s simply so beautiful.

Cape Tribulation Beach
This paradisiacal beach is known for its stunning turquoise waters and expansive shoreline that backs onto the Daintree Rainforest!

Cape Tribulation is the epitome of a tropical paradise. It is a serene and secluded, lush and vibrant space to kick back, relax and after a toasty day’s rainforest exploring.
Not only is it simply one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, but it is also the only place in the world where two UNESCO World Heritage Sites meet! The Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef connect at Cape Tribulation.

Cape Tribulation is worth visiting with plenty of activities to enjoy on and around the area. Let’s take a look at some below.

• Explore the Daintree Rainforest

Cape Tribulation is conveniently adjacent to the Daintree Rainforest, collectively making up some of the most gorgeous wilderness in Australia! There is nothing better than spending the morning exploring this ancient tropical rainforest.

The Daintree Rainforest is over 180 million years old and is the oldest rainforest in the world! There is a lot to do from doing the Marrdja Boardwalk and seeing sweeping views from Mount Alexandra Lookout.

• Spot some crocs on the Daintree River cruise

The Daintree is home to some of Australia’s most wonderful wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles, the world’s most feared predators. But have no fear, as croc-spotting river cruises operate within the safety of a boat. The cruises come along with a knowledgeable guide to teach you all about the crocs and the other creatures that inhabit the forest.

The Daintree River cruises typically go for around 60 to 90 minutes. Each cruise is slightly different as you will likely spot different wildlife during different parts of the day.

• Cool off in the swimming holes

Cape Tribulation has some swimming holes that you can go to during the day to escape the heat and cool off. Some of the most popular swimming holes near Cape Tribulation are Emmagen Creek and Mason’s Swimming Hole.

Emmagen Creek is a quick 15-minute drive away from Cape Tribulation and is framed by the rainforest. At this swimming spot, there is even a swing where you can go on to swing off and splash into the water.

Mason’s Swimming Hole is just a short walk from Mason’s Café. This is the best spot to come to where you just want to relax in the cool clear waters that are surrounded by the rainforest.

• Go horseback riding along the beach

Beach horseback riding

Cape Tribulation is the perfect place to enjoy a tropical horse riding experience. There are tours available that take you along the beachfront as well as through the rainforest.

The experienced tour guide will tell you stories and point out the extraordinary wildlife that live in the area. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a famous resident crocodile who lives along the horse trail. The horses even duck into the water throughout the dry months, having a swim whilst simultaneously carrying their riders.

• Sit back and enjoy the tranquillity

Cape Tribulation easily ranks among one of the world’s most beautiful beaches! So, why not allow yourself the opportunity to unwind on the sand and enjoy its splendour?

The tropical blues, greens and yellows of the beach are a joy for the senses, and after all, a trip to Queensland should be about relaxation, right? Pack your bathers, a towel, some food, and water and have yourself an extra chilled day on this most enchanting beach.

Have a day spare while you’re staying in Cairns or Port Douglas? Consider doing a one-day tour of Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest, and also Mossman Gorge!

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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.