ABOUT THE BEACH HOUSE
Cape Trib Beach House rests on 7 acres of dense rainforest and pristine beaches. We offer five styles of rooms to suit every traveller; from backpackers and groups to families and couples.
Cape Trib Beach House was completed in June 2000, on the site formerly known as Pilgram Sands Camp Ground and is the only place in the world where two UNESCO world heritage sites meet -The Daintree Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef.
Located just metres from a secluded and pristine beach, you are sure to appreciate the quiet and calm isolated beach while soaking up the sun and enjoying the disconnect from technology. We cater for groups of all sizes in our bungalows or dorm style accommodation, nestled in the beauty of the Daintree Rainforest.
The Daintree is warm and humid all year round making it the perfect summer escape in any month. However it is important to note that from December to April is the rainy season. The 'wet' season does see the Rainforest come alive with native wildlife and activity, but for some adventure seekers it could put a dampener on their walking plans. The Daintree offers a beautiful escape from the bleak winter months and sees the May to October months as the peak travel season.
CAPE TRIBulation HISTORY
Welcome to the most amazing location in Australia!
Cape Tribulation is a point located in Far North Queensland, around 110 kilometres north of Cairns, within the Daintree National Park and Wet Tropics World Heritage listed area. The original owners The Eastern KuKu Yalanji People and Cape Trib Beach House Retreat welcomes you to this pristine paradise!
Cape Tribulation was named by James Cook on the 10th of June, 1770 (log date) after his ship scraped a reef north-east of the cape, whilst passing through at 6pm. Cook steered away from the coast into deeper water but at 10.30pm the ship ran aground on, what is now named, Endeavour Reef. The ship stuck fast and was badly damaged, desperate measures being needed to prevent it foundering until it was refloated the next day. Cook recorded, “…the north point [was named] Cape Tribulation because here begun all our troubles.”
In the 1930’s, European settlers started arriving in Cape Tribulation, but they found the rainforest environment a difficult place to establish. Various ventures, such as fruit & vegetable farming, fishing, cattle, and timber cutting were started and abandoned over the years; having weekly barges as the only transport in and out was a major handicap. In the 1960’s, a rough track was bulldozed and the first vehicle access created; however, the road remained a four wheel drive track until the early 1990’s. In 2002, the road was finally sealed all the way to Cape Tribulation and in early 2011 the last bridge was built creating year round all weather access to Cape Tribulation for the first time.
Cape Tribulation has a local population of only 330 residents with diverse backgrounds and opinions. It is a cultural and ideological melting pot with families tracing their history back to the beginning of the 19th century. Home of the legendary Mason and Ryker families, the area is full of stories and episodes in history that have shaped and made this location into what it is today. Sliding door moments, such as the opening of the ferry, the blockade, and the “hippie revolution”, have brought about the character and nostalgia of Cape Tribulation.
In 1983, Cape Tribulation became widely known because of the blockade on the Bloomfield Track. Local government had decided to bulldoze a road through the rainforest north of Cape Tribulation to complete the coastal road to Cooktown. Protesters tried to stop the bulldozers and occupied trees to prevent their destruction. While wild scenes with a large police and media presence ensued at the southern end, the road was completed in three short weeks as the road builders approached from the north and flanked the protestors. The state and federal governments have since realised the value of this ancient rainforest and, despite protests from the local council, the forests surrounding Cape Tribulation were given World Heritage Listing in 1988. North of Cape Trib Beach House is a four-wheel drive track, known as The Bloomfield, that continues to Cooktown.
Most people visit the area during the dry season, between July and November. The average rainfall in Cape Tribulation is 3,900mm. During the wet season, marine stingers are prevalent causing locals and visitors to swim in the many creeks and water holes.
frequently asked questions
Are you planning to visit the Daintree? Not sure which tour to join, what to eat or where to stay? A little planning ahead of time can help you make the most out of your Daintree adventure. Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest tours are the best way to experience the beauty of the Daintree and The Great Barrier Reef. Whether exploring solo or with a group, let someone know where you plan to go, stay on the boardwalks and trails and do not swim at the beaches or in waterholes which are not marked safe for swimming.
To help you with your planning, here we answer some frequently asked questions we often get asked from visitors to The Beach House.
1) When is the best time to visit the Daintree?
Most people like to visit the Daintree from May to September. The cooler, drier months are the best time to visit – the weather is pleasantly warm during this time, with reduced humidity and the maximum temperature averaging 26 degrees Celsius. Even in summer, temperatures in the rainforest are surprisingly mild due to the protective canopy layer of tall trees. The air is often humid but cool.
2) What activities and tours can I do in the Daintree?
The Daintree Rainforest has plenty of things to see and do, many of these activities involve little or no cost. However we highly recommend that you try at least one guided tour, as these take you beyond what you would experience on a self guided tour. If you like to explore the rainforest you can try guided walks, crocodile spotting, bird watching, horse riding and Jungle Surfing. If you’re up for a water adventure, try the sea kayaking or snorkelling on an Ocean Safari tour.
3) Is it safe to swim at Cape Tribulation Beach?
Although there hasn't been any recent crocodile sightings on our beach, we do not recommend swimming in the ocean and care must be taken when walking along the beach at night. Pay particular attention to warning signs around the beach and near creeks, rivers and waterholes. Never swim in rivers and creeks near the ocean, mangroves are favourite crocodile territory. Our beach is off limits during the stinger season, which falls between November and June. At The Beach House we have a saltwater pool, which is open all-year-round. Check out the best swimming holes.
4) Where can I find beachfront accommodation?
Cape Trib Beach House is the only beachfront and Daintree Rainforest accommodation. It provides exclusive access to the rainforest, a private secluded beach, bistro, bar, local tours and activities. Pick up and drop off points for tours are at The Beach House making it a convenient place to stay.
5) Is Daintree Rainforest accommodations expensive?
The beach house offer accommodation options for all types of travellers and all budgets including shared dorms for solo travellers or backpackers and private rainforest cabins for families and couples.
6) What should I pack for my Daintree Rainforest tour?
Casual resort style clothing and swimwear is required and suitable footwear for walks. Warmer clothing is recommended for evenings during winter months (June-September). Bring sunscreen, hat and clothes for protection from the sun and repellent for mosquitos.
Need help planning your Daintree holiday? Talk to one of our friendly reception staff on (07) 4098 0030.