Queensland Backpackers – Cape Tribulation
Backpacking in Queensland well make sure you don’t miss Cape Tribulation
No, paradise hasn’t been lost. It’s actually been found, right at Cape Tribulation. There’s been little development on this slice of land in Northern Queensland, which extends throughout the Daintree National Park and the Wet Tropics World Heritage area, meaning you’ll find an abundance of pristine, virgin landscapes. Interestingly, this place has long been a backpacker stronghold. The first hostels began cropping up in the 1980s and today you’ll find numerous Bed and Breakfasts, as well as eco-lodges hidden in patches of densely forested jungle. Whether you’re in search of sublime beaches or breathtaking hikes, you’ll find a bit of everything in Cape Tribulation.
Hike Mt. Sorrow: This climb is definitely tough, but the views make it well worth it. They are nothing short of stunning—from the 68 meter lookout you can see out across the forest to the ocean. The hiking aficionado should also check out Thornton’s Peak and Mt Herman for more stellar views.
Pay a visit to the Bat House: The Bat House is actually a nursery for fruit bats that have been injured or orphaned. It’s an excellent way to get an up-close and personal look at these fascinating creatures. You can even spend a few weeks here by signing up to volunteer. The house even provides free bunk accommodations.
Check out the exotic fruit farm: An astonishing one hundred varieties of exotic fruit are grown at the Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm. All of these tropical orchids are totally organic and the fruits are grown using permaculture methods, various ecologically sustainable, self-maintained farming modeled on natural ecosystems as opposed to man-mad structures. If you want to spend the night there are even several beautifully furbished cabins on the property.
Meander through Daintree National Park: Founded in 1981 this national park is also a World Heritage site and boasts an incredible amount of biodiversity, home to a number of rare species as well as incredible number of bird species. Originally, the park belonged to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people and many of the parks natural landscapes hold a deep spiritual significance to these people. The Cape Tribulation portion of the park is among the most impressive sections, home to Australia’s last expansive stretch of lowland rainforest.