10 Things to Do in Cape Tribulation
Don’t expect theme parks or fancy hotels when you visit Cape Tribulation. A holiday here is about enjoying nature at its best with walks through the rainforest, fishing, kayaking, freshwater swimming holes and beachcombing on deserted beaches.
It is an amazing place to reconnect, rediscover yourself and truly enjoy the outdoors. On our recent trip we had a lot of rain but we still managed to enjoy our time there. Here is a rundown of some of the things to do when you holiday in Cape Tribulation.
1. crocodile cruise
You can’t visit the Daintree without doing a croc cruise and the only one operating in the Cape Trib region is Cape Tribulation Wilderness Cruises, which departs from Thornton’s Beach three times a day.
Ernie has been running these croc cruises for 23 years and it is amazing to see saltwater crocodiles in the wild and in their natural habitat. It is also a reasonably priced tour costing adults $30 and kids $22.
2. jungle surfing
There are six tree canopy platforms and the views are breathtaking of both the rainforest and also the ocean.
It costs $95 for both adults and kids (no discounted prices for kids), but it is an awesome experience and definitely worth doing if it fits within your budget.
3. rainforest boardwalks
There are a few different interpretive self-guided boardwalks that you can do in your own time and at your own pace.
The Dubuji Boardwalk is a beautiful 1.8 km walk through rainforest and mangroves that is accessed from Myall Beach as well as a path near the kid’s playground next to PKs Village.
The Maardja Botanical Walk is about 10 minutes south of Cape Trib and is a really popular walk with locals and tourists.
4. beachcombing on myall beach
Myall Beach is one of my favourite beaches – it is long and often deserted and you can find lots of shells, dead pieces of coral, driftwood, seed pods and other bits and pieces which look great made into a driftwood mobile or kept in a large display bowl.
5. sea kayaking
Paddle Trek run a few different kayaking tours in Cape Trib including morning and sunset kayak tours, half day kayaking tours and kayaking fishing tours.
It is a beautiful way to experience the region when the water is calm and a lot of the time you get to see a variety of wildlife, sometimes green sea turtles and other times dugongs. Prices for kayak tours vary depending on which one you choose.
6. daintree entomological museum
One man has built up an amazing and comprehensive collection of bugs and butterflies from all over the world and you can see all sorts of preserved creepy crawlies behind glass-encased shelves.
And there are many other little surprises here too like giant spider web front gates and a beautiful freshwater swimming hole where you can swim or sit beside for a picnic.
Family passes cost $25 or it is $10 per adult and $5 per child.
While many of the inlets and rivers have saltwater crocodiles to watch out for, fishing off the beach is incredibly popular and when the tide is right out at Myall Beach, fishing from the rockpools and drop-off area is a great spot for fishing.
There are also many fishing tours available in the area so if fishing is on your list of things to do in Cape Tribulation, enquire beforehand which are the best tours to do and where the fish are biting.
8. mason’s swimming hole
This fantastic local freshwater swimming hole is located behind Mason’s Store in Cape Trib. You need to do a little bit of bobbing and weaving between trees and overhanging vines to get to the water, but that is all part of the adventure. There are also a few rope swings hanging from trees above the creek for a more adventurous dip.
9. locally-made ice cream
Their locally-made ice cream is produced from exotic tropical fruits grown on the property. Each day is a different selection of flavours and it costs $6.50 for a bowl of four different flavoured scoops of ice cream.
Busloads of tourists pull up constantly to try this ice cream because it really is beautiful. Take cash with you because they don’t have eftpos facilities.
10. horse riding on the beach
Riding along the beach on a horse as the sun rises or sets is one of the most memorable things to do in Cape Tribulation. Rides last between 2.5 to 3 hours and includes a ride through rainforest, creeks and the beach. It costs $99 for adults and $60 for kids (8-13 years).