Tackling the Tele – Cape Tribulation

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.

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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.

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Ash & Tas swinging from the vines!

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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After pizza and a few drinks in the restaurant we all retired back to our campsite for the night.

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We couldn’t have asked for a better end to our second Cape York trip.


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Tackling the Tele – CREB track

From the Lions Den Hotel four of our vehicles headed off for a day on the CREB Track.  Our other two vehicles opted for the easier, but equally scenic drive along the Bloomfield Track.

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The CREB track was originally constructed as a maintenance track by the Cairns Regional Electricity Board (CREB) to service their power lines.  Now it’s a 4WD playground!

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Not only will the track test your 4WD and your driving ability, but the scenery is absolutely stunning.  For a visually appealing 4WD track, you will find it hard to beat this one.

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Looks like a perfect place for a lunch stop …… and the unfortunate disintegrating butterfly event (drones and butterflies don’t go well together!)

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The whole CREB Track is only about 70km or so in length and basically runs from the Daintree Village to the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal.   Assuming you have no issues on the track, you can easily drive this in a few hours …. although there are places to camp should you wish to spend longer.

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This track can be one of the scariest drives you’ll do.  The track can change in difficulty significantly, the slightest bit of rain and this can change from a scenic drive to a very scary, dangerous drive.  Hence why the track is quite often closed.  The CREB is very narrow and steep in places and has numerous creek crossings and the clay base means that once the slightest bit of rain falls, the surface offers absolutely no grip at all.

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We first drove this track back in 2013 and it was a slightly overcast day and we did get a few spots of rain which added to our apprehension.  We weren’t quite sure what to expect of the track as it was, so rain wasn’t something we were excited about!  We were definitely able to see why they close this track in the wet.

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The track passes through World Heritage rainforest and eucalypt woodlands and the views are spectacular.  It really is a rewarding drive, both for 4WDing and visually.

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The longest and deepest water crossing on the CREB Track is the Daintree River.   It’s not a hard crossing and the base is fairly solid, but it’s always fun!

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