The official last night of our Cape York trip was a stay at Cape Tribulation. This is an absolutely beautiful part of Australia, one we have actually visited quite a few times, but have never really taken too much time to explore.
On this stay we chose to spend 2 nights here as Shelly wanted to go Jungle Surfing …. more on this in another blog post!
We stayed in the Cape Tribulation Camping ground (well some of us did, long story!) and will definitely stay here again. We camped right behind the beach, a walk down our sandy pathway through the palm trees and you are on this stunning beach.
Our campsites were nestled in behind these palm trees. Camp fires were allowed on the beach and there were plenty of families set up with dinner and a little campfire, such a perfect spot for it.
Words really can’t explain how beautiful and peaceful it was to watch the sunset out here. The water was so still, it was like glass.
Cape Tribulation is this special area where the rainforest meets the reef. To basically walk straight from the rainforest onto the beach is pretty amazing. This area of the Daintree National Park is really an area to be explored.
You’ll find Cape Tribulation about 35 km north of the Daintree River and this is where the bitumen ends and the dirt roads start (Bloomfield Track). In fact, the road to Cape Tribulation was only put through in 1962.
The name Cape Tribulation can be traced back to Lieutenant James Cook. As Cook was trying to navigate his way through this area his ship ran into Endeavour Reef, north-northeast of Cape Tribulation. He wrote: “I name this point Cape Tribulation, because here began all my troubles.”
As the area sits right on the fringing reef of the Great Barrier Reef, at low tide you could see quite a bit of coral washed up on the beach.
After pizza and a few drinks in the restaurant we all retired back to our campsite for the night.
We couldn’t have asked for a better end to our second Cape York trip.
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