Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation, Queensland

Rainforest

Rainforest

Most who visit Far North Queensland have heard of Cape Tribulation as a destination to view ancient rainforest, cassowaries and crocodiles or because of the controversy created in the 80’s when the Bloomfield Track was being constructed. Cape Tribulation is visited by Perentie Tours during Private Charters and is a headland 110 km North of Cairns. Compared to a lot of famous tourist destinations along coastal Queensland, Cape Tribulation is still off the beaten track. The Cape was named in 1770 by Captain James Cook after his ship hit the Endeavour Reef just North East of the cape. The region wasn’t settled until the 1930’s with attempts to grow fruit and vegetable farming, fishing and cattle proving futile with timber cutting eventually becoming the most productive industry. In the 1960’s a rough track was bulldozed and the first vehicle access created and remained a four wheel drive track until the early 1990s. From the mid-1980s the first backpacker’s hostels started getting built, and when the road was finally sealed some more resorts for the more up-market tourists. The decision to continue to bulldoze the road all the way to Wujal Wujal sparked protests and blockades eventualy resulting in the area being given a World Heritage listing in 1988 that extends for about 450 km between Cooktown and Townsville. That track was finally bulldozed through and is now a four-wheel drive unsealed road, known as the Bloomfield Track and continues to the Bloomfield Falls, Wujal Wujal,  Lion’s Den Hotel, Black Mountain and eventually Cooktown. 

Coast Beaches

Coast Beaches

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. The attention the Cape received in those early years has made it a tourist destination but in actual fact, the same quality rainforest can be seen at the Cairns Botanical Garden.

Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Tribulation,_Queensland

or have a look at the Perentie Tours home page

 

About Gary Bondeson

Gary has been directly involved in tourism in Far North Queensland since the 1990’s. His passion for the area was inspired by the rich history and many points of interest concentrated in the region and felt a strong desire to share this with others. Gary is heavily involved with tourism development and even co-hosted an episode of the popular travel show 'The Great Outdoors’ with Tom Williams showing the limestone caves of Chillagoe located 200kms west of Cairns. After being away for 5 years, Gary has now returned to the area that he holds so dear to his heart to share his knowledge and experience with those who wish to have a Fair Dinkum Ozzy experience.

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