A Day In Cape Tribulation – Top 9 Things To Do
Cape Tribulation



Cape Tribulation sits in the heart of the Daintree National Park, roughly 140km north of Cairns, and is known as where two world heritage listed areas meet. On your way and upon arrival to Cape Tribulation, there are many fascinating things to do, and we hope this list of top 9 things to do in Cape Tribulation narrows down some options for you.

1. Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas is situated just north of Cairns, in Port Douglas, making it a perfect place to to visit on your way to Cape Tribulation. The immersion exhibit provides visitors with a chance to experience Wetlands, Rainforest, Savannah, Nocturnal and Woodland environments in an open and interactive setting.

If you arrive at Wildlife Habitat in the morning, make sure you start your day with a scrumptious Breakfast with the Birds or if you are looking for something a little heartier, why not join in on Lunch with the Lorikeets. The Crulew Cafe & Bar is full of snacks and refreshments, which you can come back to at any point during the day.  The first exhibit is the Wetlands environment, where you will walk along the board walk through the layers of rainforest, from the floor to the canopy, whilst admiring the wildlife which call this environment home. Be sure to wander the Stork Walk pathway and keep an eye out for the range of birds that live in this environment, such as the Black-Necked Storks.

cassowary at wildlife habitat port douglas

Moving along into the Rainforest environment, enjoy a walk along the board walk, taking in everything it has to offer. Experience an up close experience with Cass and Airlie, their resident cassowaries, and maybe even have a wildlife keeper show you how to feed them! Journey through the various levels of the rainforest whilst you climb the Licuala Tower and look out for colourful birds in Eclectus Parrots and Rainbow Lorikeets. Walk along the Birdseye Bridge and wander amongst the treetops.

Moving along, the Savannah Habitat offers you the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, admire the Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo, and smile at many crocodiles. Brave the Predator Plank and walk over giant Estaurine Crocodiles! Watch as their experienced keepers demonstrate the sheer power of the Estuarine Crocodiles during feeding time – an impressive display not to be missed.

After you finish wandering around the park, make sure you get your Creature Feature photo, at an additional cost. Choose from getting a photo holding a koala, crocodile or snake, or one of each!

If the sun is setting and you’re not ready to leave, there is the option on participating in a unique night time experience, WildNIGHT Habitat. In a tailored small group tour, their keepers will help you explore the park and spotlight the nocturnal residents as they begin to emerge, including wild birds and sleeping animals.

things to do in cape tribulation - feeding wallabies at wildlife habitat

things to do in cape tribulation - wildlife habitat

2. Great Barrier Reef Drive

After leaving Wildlife Habitat, the Great Barrier Reef Drive will take you from the busy tourist town to Cape Tribulation, passing two World Heritage Areas; the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Separated along the drive are a number of different stops, full of breathe taking views, perfect for the photographers. The first photo op is definitely the Rex Lookout. Pullover for a stunning view towards Cairns and if you are there at the right time, watch paragliders fly off the edge of the lookout.

rex lookout great barrier reef drive

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3. Alexandra Lookout

Approximately 10 minutes north after you cross the Daintree River, is the famous Alexandra Lookout, or its indigenous name Walu Wugirriga. Being on the way to Cape  Tribulation, it is definitely a must do on your trip! The lookout provides expansive breathtaking views of the Daintree coast, Daintree River, Snapper Island, Low Isles, Port Douglas, Black Rock, Cape Kimberley and Shipwreck Bay. If you visit on a good clear day, you may be able to see Double Island near Palm Cove.

In 1993, the State Government noticed the increasing number of visitors to the lookout and the need to properly manage the sit, therefore purchased it with Wet Tropics Management funds.


From Mount Alexandra Lookout, as the pigeon flies, it is…..

  • 4km to the mouth of the Daintree River
  • 7km to Snapper Island
  • 5km to the Ferry Crossing
  • 25km to Port Douglas
  • 20km to Cape Tribulation

view from alexandra lookout cape tribulation

4. Daintree River Cruise

The Daintree River Cruise is definitely one of the top things to do in Cape Tribulation! Get the chance to see wildlife including Estuarine crocodiles, birds, frogs, snakes, butterflies, lizards, goannas, and insects. Sit back and relax and enjoy the ride through the oldest living rainforests in the world, and home to some of the richest wildlife habitats.

With the choice of 1 hour and 1.5 hour cruises staggered throughout the day, Daintree River Cruise is an excellent way to witness some breath-taking wildlife and rainforest, which makes the Daintree Rainforest so special.

daintree river cruise cape tribulation

5. Cape Trib Horse Rides

Cape Trib Horse Rides is the perfect way to experience the stunning Cape Tribulation beaches and World Heritage rainforest whilst taking a joy ride on a horse.

Whether you are a beginner or consider yourself a professional, the team at Cape Trib Horse Rides will have you up on the horse enjoying the beautiful views in no time.

During your tour, you will pass through luscious paddocks and along winding river beds until you reach the spectacular Myall Beach, which is rated on of the best 100 views in Australia! There are many photo opportunities scattered throughout your tour, so make sure you keep your phone or camera with you! This is definitely one of the top things to do in Cape Tribulation, so make sure you add it to your itinerary.

cape tribulation horse riding

6. Swim In Crystal Clear Rainforest Creeks

Although Cape Tribulation and the Daintree may be famous for it’s crocodiles, there are a number of crystal clear rainforest pools that are perfect for cooling off in!

Head north to Emmangen Creek and walk through luscious rainforest to a series of deep pools on the southern side of the creek crossing. Ensure you swim in this part of the creek, as crocodiles have been spotted on the northern end of the creek crossing.

Mason’s Swimming Hole is another beautiful safe swimming spot and is located at Masons Cafe on Cape Tribulation Road.

swimming in emmangen creek at cape tribulation

7. Wander Along a Rainforest Boardwalk

There’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in the world’s oldest surviving rainforest. This World Heritage Icon is 180 million years old and is home to 12 of the 19 primitive plant species on earth. In short, it’s pretty much like entering the dinosaur era.

Wander through forests full of licuala fan palms, gaze into complex mangrove swamp ecosystems and keep your eyes peeled for the endangered Southern Cassowary.

Cape Tribulation and the Daintree and home to several rainforest boardwalks: Dubuji Boardwalk, Marrdja Boardwalk, Jidalba Boardwalk and Kulki Boardwalk.

cape tribulation day trip from cairns


8. Ocean Safari Half-Day Reef Tour

Your list of things to do in Cape Tribulation is not complete until you explore the Great Barrier Reef. To explore the second World Heritage area in Cape Tribulation, Ocean Safari have the perfect half-day tours!

Join an exhilarating ride our to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel the pristine reefs of the Cape Tribulation coast. The half-day eco tour visits two different destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species. With only a quick 25 minute ride to the Mackay and Undine Reefs, you will have an amazing time creating memorable moments. Your tour will include all of the snorkelling equipment needed, personalised snorkel instructions, reef interpretations and a courtesy bus transfer.

snorkelling with a turtle on the great barrier reef off cape tribulation

9. Sleep In The Rainforest With Cape Trib Beach House

With all of the rainforest activities mentioned above, why not also sleep in the rainforest? Cape Trib Beach House offers small secluded cabins 20m right beneath the rainforest canopy.

The St. Crispins Cabin has personal pathway leading right to the beach front which is 20 metres from your cabin. further enough away but still close enough to the restaurant and bar, the St. Crispins Cabin is the perfect choice for a couples getaway. However if you are looking for a cheaper option, Cape Trib Beach House has other options such as rooms for four as well as dorm share rooms.

After a night at the restaurant and bar, join the team at Cape Trib Beach House for a beach bonfire at 9pm (weather permitting). This is the perfect chance to gather around, relax and share stories about your experiences so far. Note: Don’t forget the marshmellows! This is the perfect way to spend your last night here, so make sure you add this to your list of things to do in Cape Tribulation.

cape trib beach house exterior
bonfire at night on cape tribulation beach

Book Your Cape Tribulation Tour!

When travelling to Cape Tribulation, there are so many things to do that it can get overwhelming. We hope this list of things to do in Cape Tribulation can narrow down some ideas for you. Tropic Wings offers Cape Tribulation tours which departs Cairns daily. Looking for things to do in Cape Tribulation but don’t want to plan it yourself? Book one of our Cape Tribulation tours online today for a memorable experience.

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