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If you are planning a visit to Cape Tribulation to stay with us in our bed and breakfast accommodation, these questions and answers should help you with your trip planning. If you have other questions please email us, as we are happy to answer them. Just remember that a visit to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest is a wilderness experience and an adventure, and you need to take this into account.
Do I need a car at Cape Tribulation?
You can get by at Cape Tribulation without a car, if you are able to
walk 1 - 2 kms without any trouble. Most of the tours will collect you
from our Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Most of the things you need
are within walking distance - the beach, 3 eating places, the shop. The
local buses will usually drop you off at our B&B if you ask. We have
two bicycles available for guests.
No - it is a sealed road all the way to Cape Tibulation.
You only need a 4WD if you plan to travel north from Cape Tribulation to Cooktown - there is 30 kms of the Bloomfield Track to negotiate with very steep and rough gradients. After rain this road can be closed. In the old days you needed a 4WD to even get to Cape Tribulation. This is a photo of the local bus which is a 6WD! taken on the main road at Cape Tribulation in 1989.
It depends on what sort of traveller you are - if you like to relax and enter into the spirit of Cape Tribulation, you could easily stay a week or 10 days, relaxing on the verandah of the Bed and Breakfast. If you like to have action-packed days every day, you could probably find enough to do for 5 days. Three days would be a minimum.
Check the latest forecast for Cairns which is 150km to the south of Cape Tribulation, which gives you the next 6 days. But remember that Cape Tribulation gets more rain than Cairns. See below.
Wet - the average rainfall at Cape Tribulation is 3.5 metres (12 feet). We do not let the rain stop us from doing anything - it is not cold when it rains. That's why we have the Daintree rainforest! We can have half a metre of rain in one overnight downpour.
It's hard to say. In 2000, it rained from January to October at Cape Tribulation, and then for November and December as well.
Cape Tribulation has a distinctive climate - high rainfall likely at any time of the year. High rainfall during the wet season is brought about by the monsoon (Feb - May) and high rainfall during the rest of the year brought by the trade winds blowing from the south east.
A major contributing factor to this likelihood of heavy rain at any time is the mountain range located so close to the coast. Mt Sorrow and the other peaks force the warm moist air to rise and cool quickly, creating ideal conditions for tropical downpours. This distinctive climate is recognised in the local Aboriginal language, which identifies five seasons:
You can swim at Cape Tribulation all year. From May to November you can swim in the ocean. Once the stingers arrive in November after the first heavy rains, then we swim in the rivers and the creeks upstream where there are no crocodiles. There are some wonderful icy swimming holes. The stingers are only found close to the coast, so it is quite safe to snorkel offshore on the Great Barrier Reef, throughout the year. You can buy a stinger suit, and enjoy swimming at the beach all year from the Pharmacy or the shop.
Yes - the water at the Bed and Breakfast is pumped from an underground stream and it tastes fantastic.
The original Bed and Breakfast cottage is about 60 metres from the house. The second B&B cottage is 'under the blackbean' which is about 80 metres from the house, and 60 metres from the first B&B.
No - council regulations for a Bed and Breakfast license in the Douglas Shire do not permit cooking in the room, and guests are not permitted to use the kitchen. We do provide an outdoor bar-b-que at each cottage, with all the necessary plates etc to be have a simple bar-b-que meal.
Very comfortable - it is a futon/rubber in the mattress on a wooden slat base. We have slept on it ourselves and can vouch that no metal bars will be sticking into your back.
If you have another question please email us - we are only too happy to help you planning your holiday, so you can enjoy our Bed and Breakfast accommodation.
Last updated November 6, 2014