Daintree/Cape Tribulation: Places to visit - Spectacular and unique areas of Far North Queensland.
The Daintree and Cape Tribulation Region
When one speaks of Australia, the Outback, along with its rocky terrains and kangaroos, pop up on people's minds. It's not surprising really, since the Outback seems to represent the general idea everyone has of Australia i.e. wild, rough, and untamed. But then again, maybe not everyone; some may beg to differ, especially those who have been to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation region. Indeed, the region can provide a different ambience - fresh, thriving and alive.
The Daintree and Cape Tribulation region is located north of Cairns in the tropics of Northern Australia. Composed of two primary areas, Daintree and Cape Tribulation, the region thrives on a delicate balance between nature and civilization. With the Daintree Rainforest and the Daintree National Park, the region measures roughly over 1200 square kilometres. The region is home to some of Australia's most lush forests and thriving animal life.
It is teeming with flora and fauna unseen in the dry and sparse Outback landscape. In fact, the Daintree Rainforest in the region is considered to be home to the largest collection of plants and animals in the world. Such is the fame of the region's thriving biota that the World Heritage List included it in 1988 as an exceptional example of ecological balance and biological diversity. But instead of being a closed-out affair, the rainforest and the park are open for visits. Visitors can hike along trails around Daintree, stop at scenic spots, eat on picnic grounds, and even swim in the numerous swimming holes in the rainforest. But, despite its beauty and welcoming atmosphere, the rainforest is still embedded with its fair share of scare. With crocodiles and spiders around, Daintree is the perfect place for adventure and communing with nature.
If playing tag with crocs or swat-the-spider is not one's cup of tea, the region offers Cape Tribulation. Located some 36km. north of the Daintree River, the place was once known as Kurangee and inhabited by the Aborigines. Although its name sounds ominous for any kind of relaxation, Cape Tribulation is where one can find a resort or two and even superb restaurants in the midst of the wilderness.
Situated within the Daintree National Park, Cape offers the best of both worlds. It has the comforts of city life within and the rough wild at its doorstep. Named by James Cook, as the land where his troubles, hence tribulations started, the area is a place to end one's wilderness problems. With beaches and resorts like PK's Jungle Village and Cape Trib beach House offering topnotch service, visitors can relax and at the same time, enjoy the view at these scenic locations.
As far as animal life go, Cape Tribulation has less crocs than Daintree but has an extensive collection of prehistoric fowls, the cassowary, still alive in Cape Tribulation in flocks. With the lush greenery and ancient animals, Cape Trib is the perfect choice for a modern holiday in a prehistoric setting.