Places to Stay in Cape Tribulation
Surrounded by untouched wilderness, Cape Tribulation is an unspoilt paradise with primitive rainforest on one side and pristine beaches on the other. With relatively little development, this is the perfect destination to totally escape the rat race.
Once you leave the mainland and cross over on the Daintree Ferry, all accommodation, homes and businesses are totally cut off from the grid. Living on this side of the river requires you to generate your own power as well as manage your own waste and water.
The lack of development is one of its biggest attractions.
No plush resorts, shopping complexes or even wi-fi to be found here, just beautiful wilderness.
If this sounds like your idea of heaven, here is our rundown of places to stay in Cape Trib.
1. cape trib campground
It is the only beachfront campground (borders Myall Beach) and has both powered and unpowered sites, two separate camp kitchens (one large one with pool table, board games, drink dispenser and lots of large tables with bench seating), three amenity blocks, a large communal campfire and lots of lawn to play on.
The campground also boasts the Sand Bar, which serves wood fire pizzas in the evenings. We love staying here and Myall Beach is by far one of the most beautiful beaches in Queensland.
2. PK’s village
PK’s is geared to the backpacker market with cabins and dormitory accommodation scattered around the property and a small camping area.
The communal area is the star attraction with a huge open plan restaurant and bar with pool table, large television screen and loads of seating inside and out. There is always a great atmosphere.
There is also a swimming pool and a pathway down to the beach from PK’s Village.
3. jungle lodge
The Jungle Lodge has lots of cute little eco-friendly huts that come in dorm, single or twin share. The huts are a bit fancier than safari tents but they are very small and only fit a bed, either a queen size bed or two sets of bunks.
They don’t have bathrooms, just communal facilities, but the rooms are very clean with crisp white bedding and each hut has a small deck out the front.
If you just want somewhere to lay your head after exploring all day then The Jungle Lodge is a good option.
There is a swimming pool and camping area with a camp kitchen at the back of the property. It is mainly gravel so not ideal for tents.
4. the beach house
About 10 minutes drive north of Cape Trib, you won’t find any signs for The Beach House until you actually arrive there.
There is a choice of ensuite cabins or dorm-style accommodation, all of which are spread out along a winding path through the rainforest leading down to the beach.
There is a large communal area by the beach with a restaurant, television area and swimming pool, which is a great area to hang out. You can even get an espresso coffee.
Padddletrek Kayaking also operates from the beachfront area.
5. ferntree rainforest lodge
Ferntree Rainforest Lodge is definitely the most comfortable accommodation out of all the places to stay in Cape Tribulation.
It is clean and spacious although it is showing its age and could do with being renovated. Some rooms are better than others – the garden lofts are good for families.
It has 65 rooms spread out through a large rainforested property.
There are two swimming pools, a café/restaurant and a large games room.
6. cape trib farm stay
There are five cabins with verandas at Cape Trib Farm. Each has insect screens around them so you can sit out on the deck in the evenings with a glass of wine and not worry about being bitten by mosquitoes.
There is also a farmhouse kitchen with wood fire pizza oven. This is the main communal area where guests often sit and relax with a cuppa and chat with other guests.
As a guest you also get to taste a variety of amazing exotic, tropical fruits.
travel nq fast facts:
- Cape Tribulation is in the Daintree Rainforest at the northern end of the sealed road section before it becomes the Bloomfield Track.
- There are other plenty of other places to stay further south in the Daintree.
- Take insect repellent (rainforest = mozzies!)
- Cape Trib has a few places to eat – Whet Restaurant is definitely the pick of the bunch with surprisingly good food.