Mountains in the Daintree

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Daintree & Cape Tribulation

Step Away from Civilisation and Back in Time

In the Daintree and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef, mountains scrape the sky and life moves more slowly.

What I love about the Daintree Rainforest is that you never know what amazing creatures you’ll find here – from freshwater turtles and cassowaries to beautiful Ulysses butterflies

Lauren Dempsey – Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

Alexandra Lookout


The Daintree is the place to immerse yourself in nature and disconnect from the modern world. It’s a raw, wild, ancient environment that resembles a real-life Jurassic Park, where it looks entirely possible that dinosaurs could emerge from the lush undergrowth.

Fan Palms in the Daintree


Covering 1200sq k between the Mossman Gorge and Bloomfield River, the Daintree Rainforest is one of the most complex ecosystems on earth. An estimated 180 million years old, it is tens of millions of years older than the Amazon and contains living examples of unique ancient plants as well as thousands of species of birds, animals and reptiles.

Southern Cassowary


Despite its rugged, untouched nature, the Daintree is easily accessible on a day-trip. Walk through the forest on hiking trails and wooden boardwalks, climb high above the canopy on ziplines, take a dip in the Emmagen Creek swimming hole or paddleboard along the still waters of the Mossman River. Huge cassowary birds peck their way through the undergrowth and one of the best places in Tropical North Queensland to spot crocodiles is along the Daintree River.

Kuku Yalanji experience on beach


The Kuku Yalanji people have lived in this region for 50,000 years and have a deep connection with the land. Take a tour with a local Indigenous guide to learn about the history of the rainforest, bush tucker and traditional medicine.

Sailaway boat on beach at Cape Tribulation


The remote headland of Cape Tribulation is where two UNESCO World Heritage Sites meet – the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The forest tumbles right down to the coast with just a thin strip of sand separating it from the clear blue water. And accessing the reef is simple … with great snorkelling around Mackay and Undine reefs.


  • Phone reception is limited in the Daintree, so take the opportunity for a digital detox.

  • There are backpacker and budget accommodation options in the Daintree, but also a handful of places that offer a unique brand of sustainable eco luxury. There’s little contact with the outside world and many produce their own power on-site.

  • Pay attention to crocodile warning signs posted around rivers, swimming holes and the ocean. While crocodile attacks are unlikely, you need to be sensible and respect the advice of park rangers.

  • It’s a good idea to stock up on food and essential supplies in Mossman and Port Douglas before heading north.

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Getting here

  • Car at Alexandra Lookout

    By car

    Self-drive or hire a car and explore the Great Barrier Reef Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. The road is completely sealed and is two-wheel drive accessible. You’ll cross the Daintree River by ferry which is open from 6am to midnight each day. EFTPOS is available at the ferry between 8am and 4:30pm, seven days a week. At all other times, it’s cash only.

  • Tropic Wings but in Cape Tribulation

    By coach/bus

    Tours to Daintree and Cape Tribulation depart Cairns and Port Douglas, daily. Private transfers can also be arranged.


The perfect places to embrace nature and disconnect.

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Made up of not one, but two @wettropicsworldheritage sites, #CapeTribulation is the kind of destination that snaps you out of relaxation mode & into the protagonist of your own Choose Your Own Adventure novel 🐚🌴 Looking to stay in luxury at #CapeTribulation? Head to @mistatcapetrib & stay in paradise 🌿✨ 

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One of @tropicalnorthqueensland's most famous faces caught by the paparazzi in #CapeTribulation 📸  These guys aren't the only feathered friend you can find in the tropics 🦚  We're in a twitchers paradise 👓  Even a stroll down #CairnsEsplanade may bring you face-to-face with waterbirds 🐚✨ If getting out & about to see birds in the wild isn't your thing, you'll definitely find a few at @birdworld_kuranda 🦜
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Step back in time & away from civilisation in #CapeTribulation 🌴 Where the rainforest meets the reef,  mountains scrape the sky & life moves more slowly 🐚✨ It’s almost as if dinosaurs could emerge from the undergrowth at any time 🦕 Spanning 1200 square kms, the @wettropicsworldheritage listed rainforest is one of the most complex ecosystems on earth 🙌🏼 At an estimated 180million years of age, this rainforest holds the secrets of evolution right here in our backyard 😲🌏
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Wilderness is only a hop, skip & jump away from @portdouglasdaintree 🌴 Welcome to #CapeTribulation 🙌🏼 Step away from civilisation & back in time to a place older than any other tropical rainforest in the world 🤩 Tumble out of the foliage & on to the sand, as the rainforest transforms into a tropical paradise overlooking the @gbrmarinepark 🐠🐚 ​ ​📸 @philcoppphotos #exploretnq #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Stunning shorelines, soft white sand & the world’s oldest living rainforest right on your doorstep 🏝 Breathe in that tropical air & discover what awaits you in #CapeTribulation 😌 Stay the night in a natural paradise at @capetribbeachhouse 🌺
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Step back in time at #CapeTribulation & walk with the dinosaurs through the oldest living rainforest in the world 🌿🦕 Take a short trek across the Dubuji Boardwalk through the vibrant rainforest & find yourself at the idyllic #MyallBeach. Learn more about the ancient landscape & its history nearby at @DaintreeDiscovery 🏝 Photo of @kaedeker by @aero.aus #exploreTNQ
At the remote headland of #CapeTribulation, you can see where two World Heritage Sites collide – the @WetTropicsQLD & @GBRMarinePark 🐠🦋 The forest tumbles right down to the coast with just a thin strip of sand separating it from the sea. Stay in the heart of this special part of the world at @CapeTribBeachHouse with direct access to the beach ⛱ Photo by @davewilcockphotography #exploreTNQ
Point your compass north to #CapeTribulation where two World Heritage areas collide, the @gbrmarinepark & @wettropicsqld 🦋🌿
Explore the walking trails of the Daintree & swing through the canopy with @junglesurfing before setting out with @oceansafaricapetrib to discover the marine gardens of Mackay & Undine Reefs 🐠 Photo by @juas.adventures #exploreTNQ
Have you driven the Great Barrier Reef Drive? 🚗 This 140km stretch of road hugs the coast between #Cairns, @portdouglasdaintree & #CapeTribulation. Jump in the car & set out to explore the spectacular coastline, secluded beaches, charming holiday towns & ancient rainforest 🍃🌊 Photo by @nicolasjaegergaard #exploreTNQ
Such a majestic sweep of the Bloomfield River, encountered along the #BloomfieldTrack which connects #CapeTribulation with the aboriginal community of #WujalWujal 🏞 It’s a wide tidal river where low tides expose shallows & sandbanks. In fact, the shallow area seen from the lookout on the track was the first cattle, horse & even vehicle crossing – strictly at low tide of course 🐊 Photo by @mitch.toft #exploreTNQ
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In the #DaintreeRainforest and #CapeTribulation, the rainforest meets the reef, mountains scrape the sky and life moves more slowly 😌 Take a break from the city & connect with incredible World Heritage-listed nature as you've never imagined 🌿💚 Photo by @lifestooshorttosayno #exploreTNQ
Cruising through the week like... 🐢 @jaym3s2 captured this giant green sea turtle off the coast of #CapeTribulation unexpectedly when flying his drone 👀 Did you know 6 out of 7 species of turtle in the world are found here on the @gbrmarinepark? 🌏 It's not uncommon to bump into one of these friendly marine reptiles when you explore the reef off #Cairns, #PortDouglas & #MissionBeach 🌊 #exploreTNQ
#CapeTribulation always providing the most beautiful beaches 😍 @photobohemian ain't wrong when he said "Literally where the rainforest meets the reef" 🌴☀️ Have you planned your next beach adventure? 🙌🏼 #exploreTNQ
Ready to relax on the perfect stretch of sand? You've come to the right place - #CapeTribulation 🌿☀️ The Cape Trib coastline is lined with stunning beaches unique in their own way🏝🦎 Photo by @meandmytravelbugs #exploreTNQ

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