road from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is a beautiful road.
It goes through the so-called Wet
Tropics - an area totally different from the real Cape
As opposed to the peninsula's stringybark forests, this road goes
through some beautiful greenery.
If it's not tropical rainforests it's tea, coffee, banana or sugar cane
fields, or it is the beautiful coast between Cairns and Port Douglas.
downside is that greenery also means rain, and often this area
is not quite as sunny as many other places in Cape York.
The road is sealed all
the way from Cairns
Tribulation and it doesn't require a 4WD.
leaving Cairns you first pass by the turnoff to each one of Cairns
and Kewarra are
others, such as Palm
Cove, Yorkeys Knob
and Trinity Beach
popular with tourists and more commercial.
After the Northern Beaches you come to a beautiful
stretch of road that follows the coast and has some great views over
the ocean, before you come to Port
is a beautiful, colourful and touristy town with nice
Port Douglas the Cairns to Cape Tribulation road turns a bit inland and
goes to Mossman through
some sugar cane country.
to be a quiet country
town but has in recent years started to get fancy shops and art
galleries. Just outside the town is the beautiful Mossman
of Mossman, the road passes by some rocky headlands with nice views
over the ocean, a bit similar to what you saw on the
road from Cairns
Port Douglas. Further north there are the small
communities Newell Beach
and Wonga Beach, and the small animal park Daintree Zoo. In between
Newell and Wonga are Miallo
and Whyanbeel Valley.
Wonga Beach the road continues north to an intersection where you can
turn left towards Daintree Village - a cute rainforest
croc watching tours and CREB
Or you can
turn right towards Cape
Tribulation, which takes you to the Daintree River Ferry
North of Daintree River the road continues through Daintree
National Park past
Cape Kimberley, Cow Bay,
Thornton Beach, Noah Beach and Myall Beach to Cape
Tribulation just south of the start of Bloomfield
the coastal road north to Cooktown.
Beach is just north of Mossman.
It is a beautiful beach with vies over the headland that is Port
It is a quiet residental area, with a takeaway shop and a caravan park.
North of Newell Beach
is the small township of Miallo,
... one of the least remote cattle stations - Daintree Station,
... and Whyanbeel Valley -
one of the nothernmost sugar cane areas.
the cane cutting season, you can join cane farm tours to
learn how it all works.
north along the road from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is Wonga Beach, a
beautiful long beach great for walks at low tide.
There are two different caravan parks, one has resident peacocks.
also a small family owned zoo park - Daintree Zoo.
have cockatoos, parrots and finches, emus, cassowaries, wedge tailed
eagle, dingos and saltwater and freshwater crocodiles.
slatey grey snake, spotted python, amethystine python, carpet python,
lace monitor, brown tree snake, knob-tailed gecko, eastern water
skink, eastern blue-tongue skink, krefts turtle, saw-shelled turtle,
bearded dragon, eastern water dragon, and frill necked lizard.
this 50 pages
guide totally for FREE.
contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip.
You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you
should take, how to get
there and get
to stay (general info), what
will it cost..
and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.
This complete 300 pages
travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the
background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all
the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact
detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks,
at least 30 guaranteed FREE
camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to
the Cape), at least 40 best
swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things -
from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception,
how to deal with the national
parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits
and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery
gear by my vehicle-recovery-guy partner).
Not to mention locals'
tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)
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