Walking & Hiking - Cape Tribulation
Mardja Botanical Walk - 30 minutes
Located 10 minutes drive to the south of Cape Tribulation. A boardwalk and concrete pathway leads you through high value rainforest with interpretive signs to Oliver Creek, where you can sit and watch out for crocodiles.Go early morning or late afternoon to avoid the tourist rush. You can hire a bicycle from your accommodation house to get there.
Dubuji Boardwalk - one hour round trip
The entrance to the Dubuji car park is signposted on the main road at Cape Tribulation. Park here and look for the entrance to the Dubuji Boardwalk (a 1.8 km interpretive boardwalk through the forest and mangroves). You can exit onto the beach and walk back via the mangrove boardwalk which exits the beach 200 metres to the north or return through to the Dubuji car park.
Cape Tribulation Beach to Mason's Shop - one hour one way.
A beautiful long beach walk links Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Start from the car park at Kulki and follow the signposted track over the ridge of Cape Trib which drops down onto Myall Beach. The view from this southern side of the cape is spectacular. As you walk south, you come to Mason Creek, which can be a barrier at high tide. At low tide it is possible to walk south for about 2 kms to the southern end of Myall Beach, stopping to do the Dubuji Boardwalk on the way. Follow the track back to Mason’s Shop, where you can swim, take refreshments and then retrace your steps or follow the footpath beside the road back to Kulki.
Kulki - Cape Tribulation Beach Lookout - 10 minutes
The lookout path is concreted and starts near the toilets, and takes you to a viewing platform on the north side of the Cape Tribulation headland, with great views to the north of the mountains and the beaches. Towards Cape Tribulation, you can see the profusion of vines, especially matchbox beans, whose enormous pods you can see dangling in the tree tops. Cape Tribulation beach to the north of the entrance, is an excellent example of the natural beach vegetation (called ‘littoral’ rainforest ). This fringing littoral rainforest protects the beach from the action of storm surges, acting as a sort of natural shock absorber.
Emmagen Creek and Beach - Five hours round trip from Cape Tribulation.
Follow the main road north for 8km through forest and past creeks (about 2 hours). Just before Emmagen Creek sign you will find a foot track, marked by gate posts, on the left hand side of the road. Follow this path for about 800 metres and you will find a stunning freshwater swimming hole and a sandy beach. At low tide it is possible to walk back to Cape Trib along the beach from Emmagen Beach. To access Emmagen Beach, follow the track, which leaves the road about 400 metres south of Emmagen Creek, starting at a giant Strangler Fig tree. Take water and insect repellant and check tide times. The Emmagen area was actually open eucalyptus forest in the 1900’s - but with the cessation of traditional Aboriginal burning practices, the area is slowly reverting to rainforest.
Mt Sorrow Ridge Walk - 6 hours return
It is possible to climb up to the ridge line behind Cape Trib for a spectacular view at a look-out. It is not an easy climb, and there can be leeches, but it is well worth the effort if you are an experienced walker.
The walk commences on the main road, two hundred metres north of the Kulki - Cape Tribulation Beach turn-off. There is a small car park where you can leave your car. Look for the walking sign which is set just off the road in the bush on the inland side of the road where the track starts. Make sure you tell your accommodation house where you are going. Plan to start early and carry a lot of water. Tourists have gone missing on this walk and never been found.
You will notice that the forest canopy gets lower and lower as you go up, and by the time you get to the lookout, it is about 3 meters high, and covered with epiphytes. There are leeches - ikky - but not dangerous - spray your shoes and trouser ends with insect repellant – and you probably won’t have troubles!