Cape Tribulation is a headland and locality in northern Queensland, Australia 110km north of Cairns. It is located within the Daintree National Park and the Wet Tropics World Heritage area. The locality contains a small number of tourism resorts and backpacker hostels. A sealed road provides access to the area from the south via the Daintree River ferry. North from Cape Tribulation Beach House a four-wheel drive road – unsealed – continues to the Bloomfield River, Wujal Wujal and Cooktown and is often closed during the wet season (Feb-Apr).
The traditional owners of the area are the Kuku Yalanji people. The cape was named by British explorer Lt. James Cook on 10 June 1770 after his ship ran aground on a reef near the site, “because here began all our Troubles”.
The Cape Tribulation Section of Daintree National Park (approximately 17,000ha) stretches in a narrow, discontinuous strip from the Daintree River in the south to the Bloomfield River in the north. Rising steeply up from the coast, the McDowall Range forms the western boundary of the park.
A visit to this area gives you a rare chance to experience two of Australia’s most significant World Heritage sites – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas. Both areas are valued for their exceptional biological diversity.