Cape Tribulation

Well! I’ve been kind of absent for the past little while, I even missed the end of MoFo, though I predicted that might happen. I loved participating in MoFo but it got a bit difficult while travelling. It was my first time though, and no doubt I’ll be back.

Since my last post we have come a loooong long way. After Kuranda, we travelled up the coast towards Port Douglas, where we stopped to pick up some groceries. It wasn’t really our kind of town – very ritzy and touristy. I had also heard that on the whole the town has a very ‘anti-backpackers’ attitude. My dislike for the town was sealed when we came back to the van to find half a meat pie smashed across our windscreen.  Another campervan parked nearby also looked like it had been sprayed with soft drink or something. Charming.

We stayed the night in Mt Molloy, before visiting Daintree and then crossing the river by ferry (and spotting a crocodile on the way) to reach beautiful Cape Tribulation.


Cape Trib is really a magical place. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to spot fairies nestled under the fronds in the rainforest. The place is filled with lush green rainforests that make up the Daintree National Park, as well as tropical white sanded beaches, lined with coconut trees. It is really out of this world.

We only had two and a half days there, so we packed in as many things as we could. The first thing we did upon arrival was take a dip at Thornton Beach. The water was CRYSTAL clear and so warm, it was unbelievable. Although I was still on edge about being eaten by crocodiles, I felt a bit more at ease being able to see to the bottom. Also, I made sure we positioned ourselves between other groups of swimmers, so that we would at least get some warning should one swim in from the side. Ha.


We took a minute to enjoy one of our black sapotes, which had finally ripened. Bear’s new favourite fruit…chocolate pudding fruit. You can eat it straight out of the skin with a spoon!


While in Cape Trib, we stayed with a lovely friend from Melbourne and her partner, who have been living there for a year. They have been working and living at the campground there, and invited us to stay with them. The campground is amazing – definitely on the luxury side of camping. Not only are the grounds RIGHT on the beach, they also have a woodfire pizza place on site called Sand Bar, meaning you can enjoy a delicious fresh pizza and a glass of wine while looking out from your campsite. They even do an awesome vegan pizza with basil oil, artichoke, red onion, olives, mushroom, etc. SO GOOD. As it was school holidays, they also had fire twirling shows for the kids (and the bigger kids). It was just perfect!


On our second day, we headed out to Cow Bay early and walked along the beach there, collecting rocks. We then visited the nearby Floravilla Ice Cream, which offered two or three different vegan water based ice creams. We shared the coconut lime one, which was sooo yummy. Sometimes I am a bit iffy with coconut flavoured things, but this was so zesty with the lime juice, and was creamy (despite being a ‘water ice’) due to the coconut. A-mazing.


Next we missioned into a lovely spot called the Blue Hole. We didn’t swim here, rather, we just sat in awe of the beauty of this place. Apparently it is a sacred place for Aboriginal women, as the water holes were birthing and menstrual pools. The colour of the water was incredible, and there were fish swimming left right and centre. We even saw a little turtle jump off a log into the water.


In the afternoon we went on a guided boat trip, in search of the elusive crocodiles. We saw one little guy sunning himself on the banks, but no big whoppers (though I am sort of glad about that).


We topped off our day with a walk through the forest, before returning to the campgrounds to hang with Jess and Chris after their shifts finished.


The next day we sadly had to leave, but not before popping up to Emmagen Creek for a morning swim. This place was sooo pretty! We went for a short trek through the forest to find it, and what a reward it was when we got there.


I wish we could have stayed forever…we had the most wonderful time here. But the trip must go on! I’ll get to our next adventures soon, so stay tuned…

Sand Bar
Cape Trib Camping
Lot 11 Cape Tribulation Rd
Cape Tribulation
Mon-Sun 6-9pm

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory and Art Gallery
Corner of Cape Tribulation and Cow Bay Rd
Mon-Sun 8.30am-5.30pm


  1. SO beautiful. I love every aspect of this post, but what caught my eye the most was that black sapote! Amazingly rich, dark and sticky… at first I thought it was Vegemite in some strange green thing (ick, that sounds horrible now I’ve considered it further) but ‘chocolate pudding fruit’ sounds idyllic. I need to visit the Cape one day. Thanks for letting us know about your adventures! xx

    1. Thank you! Yes the black sapotes are incredible – there are also yellow sapotes which are supposed to taste like caramel or custard (I’ve heard varying things from different people) but I didn’t come across any. You definitely should visit, I still can’t believe this place exists in our very own country, it honestly felt like being on some little island in the middle of nowhere! X

  2. I have enjoyed catching up on your travels.
    The Blue Hole looks stunning.
    I know a girl called Emmagen. Now I know where her parents got her name from. 🙂

    1. Yes, that’s one way to look at it. It took me half a day to stop going “I can’t believe someone threw a pie on our van!” especially in such an ‘upper class’ place. It looked like a gourmet pie too, not your average 4n20 – that person really would have had to think about whether they wanted to pie our van more than they wanted to eat it. Crazy!

    1. Tell me about it! Nah…well, I dunno. I’m looking forward to a lot of things in Melbourne, though there will be a heap of things I’ll miss from our trip. It’s going to be strange not living in a vehicle, though probably very luxurious. I’ll have to try and get away for little weekender trips!

    1. Aw, thank you! You definitely should, it’s a pretty lush country. Since starting travelling around it, I’ve been constantly amazed by the variation – from forest to snowy mountain to beach to rainforest to desert/outback. It’s really very unique!

  3. What a magical gem! I love reading about your adventures in Cape Trib! The Coconut Lime ice water sounds really yummy, I love coconut-based stuff. I’ve always wanted to see crocodiles in person and now I’m jealous that you did! I’m glad you guys had the most wonderful time there!

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