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“Beautiful and peaceful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cape Tribulation National Park

Cape Tribulation National Park
Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
61 7 4098 0070
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Owner description: Part of Queensland Wet Tropics World Heritage area.
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“Beautiful and peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

The beaches were pristine and the walking trails were well-maintained and nicely marked. Although we didn't get to see the cassowary we were so eager to see, we all still had a great time.

Visited October 2013
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Seattle
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“Takes you back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This lovely, lovely beach is also a historical landmark. If you read Capt. Cook's journals, he beached his ship, the HMS Endeavour, on this very beach in order to repair her hull.
There's a drawing in one of the crew's journals depicting the spot where the Endeavour was beached...and you can see it, now. You can easily imagine the ship being there, because there's nothing but beach and rainforest..no different than it appeared in 1770.
Thank goodness that the Aussies haven't turned the beach into a tourist trap...there's nothing there but sand, and wind, and the lovely Coral Sea.
Someone does a lovely job of keeping the beach picked up, because I didn't see a bit of human generated trash.
Oh, of course, there are people there..but it's still ''wild'' enough that I photographed an Orange-footed Scrub Fowl-the bird that makes such a strangled crow before dawn. She walked within three feet of me. She was completely unafraid.
There are few places left where you can see a clean, pristine beach, with wildlife so unafraid that they pass right by you.
Cape Tribulation is one of them.

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful, pristine and peaceful- well worth experiencing; tip: take cash for the ferry fare!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This national park is located in Far North Queensland- about 2.5 hours' drive from Cairns (85 miles/140km).

The access roads are sealed, but you need to take ferry to cross the Daintree River. North of the river (as the signage warns you) the roads are narrow and you are recommended to drive carefully, due to the winding nature of the road, and the prospect of encountering wildlife (which I did on my visit).

Remember to take cash to pay for the ferry- they do not accept any other form of payment. At time of writing, the return fare is AUD 22 for a car.

It's a beautiful, pristine and peaceful place to visit.

If you are well organised, you can make a day trip from Cairns: start early in the morning.

If you like visiting this type of area, you will find this a rewarding experience.

Visited September 2013
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Esperance
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“Tree huggers delight!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I fell in love with this whole region. So good that it has been preserved from random development. Walking trails were fabulous and well maintained and facilities were excellent. Well done to Queensland Parks and Wildlife.

Visited October 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

If you really like scenery, this setting delivers. The drive here is pretty, too. But this is not for everyone. Expect the average age of visitors to skew older.

The road up to Cape Trib is twisty and has a handful of one lane bridges. Few turnouts for views and very few restaurants or other services. It is not dangerous, though. I cannot imagine why another reviewer suggested that it was.

Yes, the ferry trip is short and expensive. But everything in AUS is expensive. Although I did see a golf course today with a quoted $35 fee, which is a steal anywhere.

If you have the time and the inclination, this destination is nice.

Visited November 2013
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