Why is it called Cape Tribulation?

Over the years has Cape Tribulation climbed up the holiday list, now being one the most sought-after destinations in all of Queensland.

Its picture-perfect location provides a mixture of the reef, rainforest, and stunning beaches. Cape Tribulation is now one of the last slices of tranquil tropical paradises within Australia.

Its name

The first humans to inhabit the area were the Kuku Yalanji tribe, the local Aboriginal community. These people co-existed with the land, living in the rainforest area for thousands of years before the European invasion.

Captain James Cook was the first European to sight the area but faced multiple issues due to its rough terrain. His ship, named Endeavour, struck the coral along the Great Barrier Reef, causing severe damage. The crew trekked to Cooktown to make repairs, halting their travels brutally. Captain Cook named the area ‘Cape Tribulation,’ as this area “began all our troubles.” They also suggest that Captain Cook named Mt Sorrow, as he and the crew climbed the mountain in a way to discover a path around the reef.

Later down the track, the potential for gold attracted the Europeans to the area. This began mining and resulted in violent attacks on the local Indigenous community. It wasn’t until 1988 when it was listed as a World Heritage site.

Things to See at Cape Tribulation

  • Cape Tribulation Lookout

    To see the picturesque scenery, the national park has installed a 400-metre cement boardwalk within the landscape. Named the Kulki Boardwalk, visitors can stroll through the rainforest easily, eventually arriving at the area’s stunning lookout. Make sure to bring your camera as this site is well worth capturing.

  • Mount Sorrow

    Stretching out 850 metres high, Mount Sorrow captures the sweeping views of Cape Tribulation and the Great Barrier Reef. Hike up to the top and see the unique creatures hidden within along the way.

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