Our trip to Northern Queensland allowed us to visit another one of the 1000 Places To See Before You Die, the Daintree National Park at Cape Tribulation. Cape Tribulation was named by Captain Cook, who hit a reef of the Great Barrier Reef here and therefore called this the place “where all my troubles began”.
I can’t really share his pain, as we had a wonderful time here and recommend this place to anyone who loves wild rainforests, magnificent beaches with turquoise water and beautiful, huge birds that can knock you unconscious with a kick of their feet.
Even though Cape Tribulation and the Daintree National Park are well known for their lush rainforests and the beautiful beaches, we did get to see the lush rainforests, but the turquoise water… not so much. This is one drawback of travelling right at the end of wet season, there might still be some rain and rain causes the rivers to carry muddy water into the ocean, which then loses its lovely turquoise color.
Nonetheless, the Daintree National Park offered enough to make this a spectacular place and the beautiful beaches would have been an amazing bonus.
Weird things about Cape Tribulation and the Daintree National Park
The following things are not exclusive to the Daintree National Park, but they are something that you might see here for the first time unless you are living in Northern Queensland.
Saltwater Crocodiles: I didn’t even know that there are things like saltwater crocodiles. I thought these creatures just spend their time in swamps and lakes where they inspire writers of horror stories and movie scripts.
Apparently, there are crocodiles that sometimes make their way out to the ocean and so the beautiful beaches should only be watched and not used to cool off, as crocodiles could see swimmers as a welcome change of diet.
Cassowaries: These large birds look a little bit like a dressed up emus. They are even bigger than them and have very colorful (blue and red) necks with a huge horn like bump on the head.
This bump looks quite dangerous and you would think that they would just knock you on the head with it. If you can believe the warning signs in the national park, the real danger is their big, strong feet as they will jump and kick you with both feet at once. Kinda like karate birds. Pretty cool.
As with many of the most amazing creatures on earth, the Cassowary is severely in danger of being the next big bird that vanishes from our planet. There are only 1200 of them left.
Since they are becoming so rare, we didn’t see one at Cape Tribulation. We got to see one in Gorge Wildlife Park in Adelaide, so you can still get to see a picture of them.
Is Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park) really one of the 1000 Places?
It is hard for us to decide this on the basis that we didn’t really get to see the park in the best traveling season.
And even without the beautiful beaches, we still enjoyed the different walks through the rainforest, which are very informative. Add to it the chance to see a cassowary and the fact that you will see wild turkeys running around, combined with the history of the area, this place does deserve to be named one of the 1000 Places.
If you really want to get the best experience around here, you should really travel in the dry season and if you can, take a 4WD with you as it will allow you to visit even more beautiful places within Daintree National Park.