After hour Caretakers at Cape Trib Camping

Friday, April 15, 2016
Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
It's funny how few people know about the accessibility of Cape Tribulation in far north Queensland, particularly us Aussies, they think it's only 4X4 access with basic basic bush camping! Soooo not true.So Caravaner’s, Big Riggers and fellow Grey Nomads..... the secret is out! No longer do you believe that this World Heritage area is off your list of places to go in the luxury of your own rig. Give the park a ring, book yourself a spot, Cape Tribulation has so much to do and see and well and truly worth staying for longer than the usual day trips that so many allow themselves. Cape Trib Camping is magnificent in itself with everything on your doorstep . You start off with that Bucket List of places you just have to see, Cape Tribulation was always very high on that list, we'd also heard all about it from our son, as he'd always gone there in the wet when work was slow up in Cape York, being the quiet time during summer he usually had it to himself and the long glorious beaches snaking in between the ancient rain forests on one side and the ocean and reefs on the other. So I was always very much attracted to the ad I saw in The Grey Nomads website position vacant, After Hour Caretakers at Cape Trib Camping, the actual Caravan Park where our son always stayed!So our attention turned to "can we get in there?" The first thing you come to is the Daintree Ferry, with a good almost level drive on & off, then came the road so many said we'd never take the bus on! But thankfully we were reassured by a couple of friends who'd already taken their big rig in. The first 8 or 9 km of the 35 or so kilometres is windy and one or two tight bends, where the bus had to take three quarters of road to get around and one split section further up, that the best option was to take the incorrect side, but all bitumen, 2 lane width, not overly steep, no low low tree branches it was fine, just take it slow and easy, there are places to pull to the side to let traffic pass, all and all it was fine, we went in early at about 9am, after the initial work force and school buses had come out. We've driven a whole lot worse roads in Victoria and NSW along the Great Divide, so this one was not bad at all. The bitumen does stop at Cape Tribulation though where it does turn to the Bloomfield Track, a 4x4 dirt road only to Cooktown. Mind you keep in mind to unhitch at the park before you go any further as it wouldn't be easy to turn around past the Cape Trib Camping Caravan Park with a big van or big rig. Depending on how busy with day trippers it is in this popular area.
***We are really loving it here and our part time Care taking job is very manageable, 2 hours cleaning a week, Ash does a security walk around at 10pm, making sure all is quiet and I do the morning walk around at 6am, which includes the difficult task of walking the beach to pick up any rubbish of which there is very little to none ...........bliss. How lucky am I to be the first to leave my footprints on the beach every morning and see the sun rise over the sea!***Cape Trib Camping Caravan Park with beach front is the only one in Cape Trib with powered sites, which are run by a generator situated out of hearing, biochemical toilets, 4 x shower and toilet blocks, 2 x camp kitchens, a cosy and relaxing office and cafe area where you can have a freshly made Stone Fired Pizza and a drink from the "Sandbar". They've even got a 'real' coffee machine so a coffee with a cake on the verandahs overlooking the park is just glorious, Jackie has added a personal touch of sea finds and crafts around to admire and enjoy. Most of Cape Trib is off grid, so no distractions of phones or internet, the net can be bought too from the office via roaming wifi for those who really need it. A costly way of having it but good for a quick check in with family. We'll see how much of the 100mb and $5 this post will use.Lights go out at 10pm and the park is peaceful and quiet as you'd appreciate is beautiful . Those who want to chat and mingle after hours can go out to the fire on the beach. The friendly staff and management are very thoughtful to the peace and quiet for the guests, which makes for a stress less, peaceful stay. Then....there, in the bush if you're lucky.......the fireflies flickering in through the surrounding forest! I ask you?........... Just magical........don't forget to just look, who knows what you might see!The birds, the calls in the forest that are truly beautiful, the cheeky local goanna that surveys it's area and pinches your food if you are tardy enough to leave it out! Step out onto Myall Beach and there, going by are horse riders, from a nearby Horse Rides business, cantering along beach then stepping knee deep into the sea, sit around a beach camp fire at night listening to the waves and take in the starry starry sky, walk along the beach and explore the many walkways hidden along the way or discover a huge Fig Tree a few steps from the beach, all this just from Cape Trib Camping! Venture out and find so much more experiences and encounters that will take your breath away, a week wouldn't be enough to see and do it all .   Cape Tribulation itself has many attractions and a handful of stores with basic groceries, fishing tackle and souvenirs.


  So Caravaner’s, Big Riggers and fellow Grey Nomads..... the secret is out! No longer do you believe that this World Heritage area is off your list of places to go in the luxury of your own rig. Give the park a ring, book yourself a spot, Cape Tribulation has so much to do and see and well and truly worth staying for longer than the usual day trips that so many allow themselves, it's sad to see folk driving in, parking, quickly walk into one of the bush walks then click click, take a few pictures then quickly walk out again, missing so much because they haven't allowed themselves enough time. The best bit is that the staff will tell you all about the attractions and they'll even ring and book for you! When you don't have phone coverage that's really handy. Cape Trib Camping is magnificent with everything on your doorstep, Ash and I are so glad we came, it is such a paradise and we are really fortunate to be able to take our time and explore . To top it off it is so quiet off peak, not so good for management.... but for us it is glorious!
Speaking as a traveler, new to Cape Tribulation it's magnificent, ancient and awe inspiring and we've been loving just exploring the Cape Trib Camping area, you hardly need to leave the camp, it's relaxing and quiet and truly beautiful.This Caravan Park has been set up to be as gentle to the World Heritage environment, the surrounding forest is a joy to camp against and walk through, then to top it off the short paths lead out to the magnificent Myall Beach, reefs at ow tide to explore, so bring your reef shoes. The low tide pools surprise you with coloured reefs and an abundance of reef fish of all the colours of the rainbow, shapes and sizes. Stand quietly and wait and they soon come out from hiding.

 Take your chair out to the beach and sit and take in the splendor all around you, capture those sunrises, photos you and you friends and family will be in awe of for a long time to come, watch the local horse riding experience, ride by and take the riders into the water where the horses delight in pawing the water with relish, exciting the riders with their giggles and laughter, before disappearing back into the rain forest where they came from .The trees, the wildlife, the plants. Cassowaries... Oh! my goodness that is such a highlight of be here! They are such a regal creature, one of my favourite and unexpected delights is the Fireflies, there's not many more things that are so magical and pure Wow factor.The resident Lace Monitors do their daily camp check, the Bush Turkey's, the cute and cheeky Sun birds, the Kingfishers darting around the beach, the little crabs scampering all over the beach, little balls of sand decorating the sand. 

 The butterflies...oh the butterflies! the huge Cairns Birdwing and stunning blue of the magnificent Ulysses Butterfly we never tire of.A short stroll south down the beach you find a path leading into the bush and low and behold there to greet you is a big strangler fig tree in all it's glory, amongst the twinning vines reaching to the sky then dangle down and swinging through the trees. After huge fulfilling days you can then break the day with an Espresso or Cappuccino and a well earned muffin on the deck of the Sand Bar back at camp, later enjoy a Pizza and wine, taking in the relaxed environment .We are so glad to be here and certainly privileged to be able to camp in this ancient and awe inspiring piece of Australia's absolute best of the best.Through the porthole of another world.

 One of the pleasures of staying on in this beautiful part of the world (and there are many!) Is the joy of coming "home" after travelling out to Mossman for our weekly needs and groceries.

  Returning and driving off the Daintree Ferry is like stepping through a magical door that opens up to the magnificent grandeur of this world heritage rain forest, where it's awe inspiring splendor takes your breath away, we never take it for granted and to travel through it's man made tunnels of forest to get home always makes us truly grateful for the work that the pioneers put into the road that allows us to enter into just a glimpse of it's majesty. The tops of the ranges are always dark and wet with a landscape draped in a mist of low clouds, the straight drops over the side leave you shaking your head in how on earth they managed to get through, with the way it just drops almost vertically down to the mysterious valleys and coastline below, not to be seen for the thick and beautiful forest standing tall down its slopes, the grand trees reaching to the sky, the sentinels of the forest, the vines twisting and scrabbling through, the tall slender tree ferns greeting you as they frame the road, the iconic fan palms that go hand in hand with the Daintree, stand tall and proud high up in the ranges and just as majestic in the wet lowlands where if you're lucky enough to see a cassowary with it's indignant heir, of it's beauty and reign of this kingdom . The gob smacking beauty of the many many creeks snaking through tunnels of the canopy, the trickling waterfalls all along the sides of the road. Ancient grand stands of trees with buttresses of it's roots spreading like tripod walls to anchor themselves to the earth. If it's after dark the fireflies are seen glowing all around and flying passed your windscreen, that makes you wonder if you really have ventured into a fairy land? Well......it's all how you look at it really......it surely is a wonderland.All this and more and this is just the glorious experience of getting 'home' along the road to Cape Tribulation, traditional name Kurangee, (place of many cassowaries.) Julanwarra bubu, (Julanwarra land) Julanwarra means sea people.Oh how I love Australia, and this, the Great Dividing Range which stretches the whole east coast from south to north, the Otways, the Dandenongs, Black Range, the Snowy Mountains, the Blue Mountains, the Lamington, the Wooroonoonan around Atherton, just to name a few, with all their magical diversity that takes your breath away, forests that have a majesty and beauty and grandeur of their own, this part is the Daintree, I am honoured and humbled to be here . Thank goodness someone in their wisdom saved you from the ax and chainsaws. 


 Cape Tribulation is so full of delightful surprises and every day brings new jaw dropping experiences, one sensational example was the other day when out from the thick forest edging our camp at Cape Trib Camping wandered a beautiful Daddy Cassowary and his chick! They came right up to our awning and stood within a couple of metres of our door! To say I was excited was an under estimate of my surprise, these glorious creatures are so beautiful, the little chick was just foraging casually and dad was not in the least bit frightened of us madly taking videos and pictures in pure amazement of the experience.Then to top it off there they were again up the drive of the camp when we went out later for a drive! We sat in our car for at least 20 minutes with them foraging and talking to each other right on the edge of the road, again not the least bit concerned with us being there.
 Please!! I ask you, does this place get any better? We've been here since mid April and it's now mid June and all going well we'll be here til the end of winter, will be hard to drag me away!!

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Shery & Bob
2016-06-16

Sounds wonderful and looks wonderful. Maybe one day I will get there

Lesley@nussbaumerweb.com
2016-06-16

Wendy, a wonderful post and pictures that has inspired us. I imagine there are crocs there though, so no swimming? Enjoy the rest of your time in such a magical,place.

rosco51
2016-06-16

Good to see you are both having a great time. We must check this one out. The Smith's are out of Onslow on the 31st July. Taking 4 weeks to get to Perth

Lynny
2016-06-18

Beautiful photo's of our stunning country!
So happy to see you loving life there .

Terry
2016-06-18

Beautiful post Wendy. I have been lucky enough to have been in that part of the world a couple of times. The first time in a 4WD and we continued right through to Cooktown way back in 1985. The last time I was there I stayed with a friend who was housesitting a B&B with tropical fruit farm. Wonderful experience and we climbed mountains and went canoeing as well as seeing the butterflies and cassowaries you talk about. After reading your blog it is back on the bucket list. Thanks again.

Terry Laybourne
2016-06-18

Beautiful post Wendy. I have been lucky enough to have been in that part of the world a couple of times. The first time in a 4WD and we continued right through to Cooktown way back in 1985. The last time I was there I stayed with a friend who was housesitting a B&B with tropical fruit farm. Wonderful experience and we climbed mountains and went canoeing as well as seeing the butterflies and cassowaries you talk about. After reading your blog it is back on the bucket list. Thanks again.

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