A Day In Cape Tribulation – Top 9 Things To Do

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.

Top 9 Things To Do In Cape Tribulation

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 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. Wildlife Habitat has the only pair of breeding Black-Necked Storks in the world, and still has some of the offspring living at Wildlife Habitat.

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! The Rainforest exhibit is also home to the Boyd’s forest dragon and the beautiful Eclectus parrots.

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. The Estuarine and Freshwater Crocodiles can be found lurking beneath the water or catching some sun. 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 nighttime 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 - wildlife habitat

things to do in cape tribulation - wildlife habitat

Great Barrier Reef Drive

After leaving Wildlife Habitat, the Great Barrier Reef Drive will take you from the busy city to Cape Tribulation, passing two World Heritage Areas. 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.

Captain Cook Highway - great barrier reef drive

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

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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 breathtaking wildlife and rainforest, which makes the Daintree Rainforest so special.

Daintree River

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.

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Jungle Tours Canopy Tours

If you are looking for an adventurous way to explore the Daintree rainforest, make sure you add Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours to your list of things to do in Cape Tribulation. Jungle Surfing takes you into the Daintree Rainforest on a guided tour through six tree platforms and seven ziplines. With landing platforms ranging from 5m to 19.5m above ground, their guides are with you every step of the way providing interpretive talks and fun facts about the wildlife surrounding you. The two hour tour runs in all weather which makes it the perfect thing to do, despite the weather. With tours departing twelve times daily from Cape Tribulation, there is no reason to not add it to your itinerary. For the photographers out there, make sure you bring your phone or action camera to film your ziplines and the views from the canopy!

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Night Walks Jungle Adventures

Being in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, there is a lot of wildlife that call it home. Night Walks Jungle Adventures offers guided night walks through the rainforest, to allow you to indulge your inner Attenborough, free from the shackles of technology, to really discover what lies beneath the rainforest canopy. As you and your small group wander through the rainforest tracks, you will discover a vast range of rainforest critters, whilst your guide gives you informative talks about how special the rainforest really is. This two-hour activity is also an all weather activity, which makes it the perfect activity to add to your list of things to do.

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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.

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.

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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