Do you want
to find out what our guests thought of Cape Tribulation and what the Bed
and Breakfast experience was like for our guests. Here are some extracts
from our guestbook - many thanks for the kind comments!
Maura, and Kellen Sincoff City: Redwood City, CA 94062 Favourite fruit: soursop, mango Sent: 08/08 10:22 PM
Our stay at the Fruit Farm was one of the highlights for our month
long trip to Australia. From the moment you enter the ginger lined
drive, to first taste of scrumptious breakfast, to the star scattered
sky, to the trickle of the stream next to your cabin, you realize
the place is magical. Do take the chance to indulge in the fruit
tasting, and be sure to snap up some of the fresh jam--I politely
waited and it sold out! Make sure you spend at least three days
to relax and enjoy the place! The Sincoffs, California
Name: Magaly and Marcel City: Paris (France) Favourite fruit: Just remember the (wonderful)
taste, but not the name ... sorry ;-) Sent: 29/01 09:14 PM
We just want to send a little "hello" and wish you a
very happy year 2005. We have great memories of our stay, both in
your farm and in your country, and we often thing of this old good
time when we were spending an evening in the cottage after a day
of happy, colorfull and interesting discovery, resting so close
from the rainforest. We still remember you and your kindness, and
hope we'll be able to come back and meet you again. Regards, Marcel
steve Williams & Tammy Smith City: Worcestershire UK Favourite fruit: Paw Paw / Soursop Jam Sent: 22/10 05:20 AM
Hi Alison & Digby, we just wanted to express our thanks to
you both for your hospitality during our stay. Your farm is a real
escape from the hustle and bustle and we look back on our days with
you as the time when we really chilled out and took in what was
around us. Thanks for the opportunity to experience Cape Tribulation
in a unique way. Steve & Tammy
Sue Shaw City: Leicester, UK Favourite fruit: Ripe custard apple Sent: 27/09 05:28 AM
We had a fantastic fruit tasting visit to your farm in August and
since then the kids have been keen to try all sorts of unusual fruit
and vegetables. Luckily Leicester is a multi-cultural city with
a thriving fruit and vegetable market, so although we are in the
cold north of Europe, we manage to get dragonfruit, papaya, passion
fruit and fresh dates as well as the usual stuff. Thanks to you
we are giving all these a try and introducing them to our friends
- you've made some converts! Hope the farm continues to grow and
Julia Anderson City: Southampton, UK Favourite fruit: Jack fruit Sent: 10/08 09:30 AM
A stay here is a must to experience something of the real rain
forest and Cape Trib. Comfortable, relaxed and everything you need,
without being sterile like some of the large hotels. Hosts are lovely,
their two dogs are very friendly and worth making chums with too!
Loved it, thanks so much for the stay back in 04!
Wilhelm City: Perth Favourite fruit: Mangosteen Sent: 13/06 10:35 AM
We had the loveliest stay with Digby and Alison and the very friendly
well-behaved pooches. It was a farm stay experience with a difference!
It was great to see you again and thanks for your generous hospitality.
The fruit tour really was a highlight and I have been recounting
the most interesting anecdotes to friends & family! Cape Trib
is gorgeous and we are enjoying the photos we took - and it's great
that your website has so many photos because we were too busy having
a good time and didn't take enough! Thanks also from Craig who had
a great time and enjoyed your company very much. See you next time!
Hilary and Steve Hometown: Aberystwyth Favourite Fruit: White sapote Sent: 7.25 PM - 10/1
We stayed at Cape Tribulation at the farm for 5 nights in Dec.
This simply has to be the best place to stay in Cape Tribulation.
The cabin is beautifully situated - the full moon shining above
Mt Sorrow shone straight into the room. We could have read with
its light. A magical night. Loved the sounds of the forest. Alison
and Digby are so welcoming and enthusiastic, and the breakfasts
are "historic" (as Michael Winner would say!). The Fruit
Tasting, Early morning walks to the deserted beaches at Cape Tribulation,
Rumrunner, Pru's Walk - not to be missed. We learned so much. Don't
hesitate - GO.
Natalia Jessen & Banks Albach Hometown: Santa Cruz/Santa Barbara, CA, USA Favourite Fruit: jackfruit/soursop Sent: 3.18 AM - 11/11
you so much for the wonderful stay at Cape Tribulation. We absolutely
loved the Farm and the Cape Tribulation area! The guest bungalow
was beautiful, the breakfasts were delicious (and filling) and the
fruit tasting was wonderful. The daily cassowary sightings were
quite unexpected and definitly welcomed. We also enjoyed the books
about Cape Tribulation provided by Digby and Alison, we read them
cover to cover! The many boardwalks were great and educational and
we had the best dinner at the Dragonfly Cafe. Alison, thanks for
letting us see the elusive white-lipped green tree frog in your
shower! We hope to travel your way again...
John Wells Hometown: Kanmantoo Favourite Food: Shredded potato pancakes Sent: 1.43 AM - 16/9
afternoon's quiet reverie was interrupted by two snooping cassowaries,
stomping through the rainforest, who crossed the creek directly
below the balcony. Seeing these beautiful, haughty birds in their
habitat was quite startling - a real privilege. Undoubtedly the
highlight of our visit to Cape Tribulation.
to potential visitors - two days is NOT enough at Cape Tribulation.
You only just start to relax. Take your time. The Exotic Fruit Farm
is the pick of places to stay in Cape Tribulation: peaceful, unhurried,
with the options of tramping energetically through the fascinating
rainforest or sitting around loose-limbed, doing not too much at
all (my preferred option).
thanks Digby & Alison.
Paul Murphy Hometown: Leeds, UK Favourite Fruit: Soursop Sent: 2.39 PM - 2/8
and I spent 5 days at the cottage in December. It made an excellent
trip to Australia very special. We really appreciated your advice
and hospitality. The Rum Runner reef trip was the highlight but
just staying on the farm taught us a fantastic amount about Far
North Queensland, Cape Tribulation, and the Daintree Rainforest.
Thank you. I hope you enjoyed New Zealand and make it to England
for the Coast-to-Coast.
Tim & Jill St Ruth Hometown: Sydney Favourite Fruit: Black Sapote, Soursop Sent: 7.43 AM - 11/7
Alison and Digby
had a fantastic stay at your B&B - many thanks for your hospitality;
it was the highlight of our trip to Cape Tribulation. Other highlights
include Digby's excellent fruit tasting and farm tour - a very interesting
guide to tropical fruits from Sth America and S.E. Asia plus you
get to eat them too! We also had a great time on Rum Runner, a catamaran
that took us snorkelling on Mackay reef - beautiful fish and coral.
the Cape Trib Beach House for good, reasonably priced food in the
heart of the rain forest.Thanks again for a truly memorable experience.
Hope we can stay with you again one day.
Neil & Janet Herbert Hometown: Godalming, Surrey, UK Favourite Fruit: Rollinia Sent: 2.30 PM - 6/7
Alison and Digby
Really enjoyed our 4 days with you at Cape Tribulation in June.
We miss our third guest (lady golden orb) and your scrumptious breakfasts.
Atherton Tablelands were excellent - thank you Alison for your suggestions
as to where to go. 'Bonneterre' was lovely and peaceful, I am sure
you would like it. Have you been to the Majestic Theatre at Malanda
- what an amazing place.
Reference the Hadrians Wall Walk (opened May 2003)- the website
is www.nationaltrail.co.uk - which shows this and lots more trails
in UK - worth a visit. Hope we can meet again sometime / somewhere.
Neil and Janet
Kim and Ulla Hometown: Vancouver Favourite Fruit: Black Sapote / Rose Apple Sent: 1.49 PM - 18/4
favourite B & B ...A highlight of our trip Oct/02 , and fabulous
people who do so much to make the stay wonderful. We loved the star
apple, yellow sapote, soursop,malmosteen, mangoes of course...Still
looking for Zapote of Guat..Thanks again Digby& Allison
Mike and Micheal Hometown: SYDNEY Favourite Fruit: all of them..! Sent: 1.09 AM - 17/3
for a few days at Cape Tribulation just before Xmas, wonderful wonderful
part of the world, lovely hosts and gorgeous cottage. Great fruit
and mango wine... ( hic!) Planning to move up to the area as soon
as we can escape the rat race in Sydney!. Will be back! Thanks again
Alison and Digby!
Gordon Jarrell Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska Favourite Fruit: Passion fruit Sent: 6.31 PM - 2/2
seems like a dream now! We're back to the Cold-N-Dark after the
most "successful" vacation ever. We extended our planned four-day
stay at Cape Tribulation to twelve days and we were still distressed
to leave. The perfect Daintree headquarters, complete with in-house
expertise on the regional biota. We'll be back!
Jo Pyne Hometown: Cairns Favourite Fruit: Carambola Sent: 5.50 AM - 22/1
the most relaxing weekend of the year. This is a great idea for
a weekend escape from Cairns. The food is fantasic and the hosts
most charming!!! I had no idea there was so much to do at Cape Tribulation.
The breakfast was a highlight, but then so was going to bed at night
and listening to the rainforest, relaxing at local restaurants,
walking on the beach, exploring the creeks, and learning so much
about tropical fruit from Digby.
Tony White and Alicia Darvall Hometown: St Kilda, Melbourne Favourite Fruit: Pommelo Sent: 7.22 AM - 4/8
stayed for 4 nights on the fruit farm, right on the edge of the
rainforest at Cape Tribulation. It is another world, especially
at night when the jungle comes alive. The breakfasts each morning
make the most of the exotic and local ingredients - and are a highlight.
By day we explored Cape Tribulation and the reef, which must be
one of the most breathtaking areas in the world. We lived in hope
of seeing a Cassowary from the balcony.
advice: Go to Cape Trib! Stay with Digby and Alison! Escape the
modern world and have a great holiday.
Bob and Carol Sippel Hometown: San Jose, Ca. Favourite Fruit: Breadfruit Sent: 12.05 AM - 7/6
stayed at the exotic fruit farm as guests and couldn't have had
a better time. We felt very special to have a temporary residence
right at the base of such a natural pristeen rainforest. We listened
to the sounds of the creek each night...cooling our little paradise
without the use of power. Each and every day we had a delightful
array of fresh fruit delivered to us. The negative point there is
we have missed that tray ever since. Our hosts made us feel like
part of the family. We even toured the farm to learn more of "being
off the grid". Such a lovely stay...a lovely time...we will come
back to Cape Tribulation some day.
Steve & Phyllis Stephens Hometown: Tucson, Arizona, USA Favourite Fruit:Anything in Annonaceae Sent: 5.32 PM - 21/5
must have enjoyed our initial three-night stay at Cape Tribulation,
because we rebooked for another two nights after an excursion to
Cooktown. The cottage is surely one of the most appealing and unusual
places we've stayed on our travels. The fruit tray at breakfast
is so elaborate and varied that it's almost intimidating, and as
coffee-addicted Americans we especially appreciated the opportunity
to brew "real" coffee, so rare in Australian inns. We've
been struck throughout Australia by the hospitality and friendliness
we've encountered, but the Fruit Farm stands out even by Aussie
no wonder that as plant and food enthusiasts we were fascinated
by the fruit-tasting and farm tour, but it was astonishing to see
how "laypeople" who had only casually booked the tasting as part
of general tours seemed almost equally engaged, a tribute not only
to the rarely-encountered fruit but to Digby's presentation.
Kirk and AJ Faryniasz Hometown: Yigo, Guam Favourite Fruit:All of them Sent: 10.58 PM - 25/3
a delight the cabin was to stay in. I thought I had gone to the
"Discovery Store" in the mall in Washington, D.C. and was listening
to the outdoor tapes. What a relaxing stay at Cape Tribulation.
Wish we had more time to enjoy this very delightful place. If you
are visiting Cairns and have are looking for a couple of days to
visit and intersting and unique place...this is it. Thanks for a
most wonderful time.
Caroline & Henry Hoffman Hometown: London, UK Favourite Fruit: Jakfruit + papaya Sent: 9.04 PM - 10/3
stayed in the beautiful little bed & breakfast house at Cape Tribulation
for 4 nights in January. We came across it pretty much by accident
on the internet while looking for somewhere to stay north of Cairns.
It turned out to be just the most amazing place we could have dreamed
of! I can hardly imagine finding a more beautiful place to stay
in the World. Sleeping in Digby's hand-built wooden house on the
edge of the rainforest is extraordinary, the sounds of the forest
at night are breath-taking. Digby's breakfasts are spectacular,
with a platter of fresh, ripe exquisite fruit, half of which you've
never heard of and his papaya pancakes with mango and ginger sauce
have to be experienced. And finally, Alison and Digby are the most
kind, generous, compassionate, knowledgeable and friendly people
you could hope to find. If they charged twice as much, it would
be cheap. If only they weren't 10,000 miles away!
Hi Alison, Hi Digby, Vacation is over and I'm back at work and the
PC, so I thought about dropping you a little note with a big 'Thank
You' for the wonderful time Marisa and I had in your B&B at Cape
Tribulation. Certainly a major highlight of our time in Australia.
Loved your hospitality, your little cottage, your rainforest, your
fruits... Take good care and say 'Hello' next time you go long distance
walking through Europe. Yours, Marc PS: Marisa says 'Hi'
Annie Re Hometown: Ballarat Favourite Fruit:Bowen Mango Sent: 7.12 AM - 31/10
sister, Jenni, and I were fortunate enough to discover Digby and
Alison's charming and new B & B by just driving up to the door.
On a holiday from "Shiverville", based for three weeks in Port Douglas,
the journey to and stay in Cape Tribulation and the Daintree area
was definitely the highlight for us. We found the cottage very charming,
and enjoyed the views and breezes it afforded - not to mention the
great breakfasts delivered to our balcony by Digby. Having scheduled
a quite brief sojourn and planning to stay for one night, we extended
to two and would have stayed longer it it were not for a previous
reservation requiring our departure. The information provided in
the cottage handbook (in my guess largely written by Alison), verbally
by Digby and in the interpretive tagged rainforest walk on the property
were all hugely appreciated. We admire your commitment to conservation
and minimisation of the impact of visitors on the environment, as
well as your knowledge of and passion for what you have developed
in beautiful, peaceful Cape Tribulation.