Do you want to stay at the only place in the world where two UNESCO World Heritage sites collide? Well, you’re in luck…
Cape Tribulation is known as the place where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. Staying in Cape Tribulation is incredibly special and luckily there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from. If you plan on staying elsewhere in the Daintree, check out this handy guide.
It’s important to note that phone service is available in Cape Tribulation near Turtle Rock Cafe but is unavailable in most other places. So, be prepared with offline maps and a couple of good books, because most of the accommodations don’t have wi-fi either!
Whether you’re looking for luxury accommodation, budget accommodation, caravan parks or camping, there is something for everyone in Cape Tribulation. For a comprehensive list of camping spots, read our Cape Tribulation camping guide.
Here, find our list of Cape Tribulation accommodation options.
1. Alkira Resort House and Rainforest Retreat
Alkira is an architectural masterpiece in the heart of the Daintree. The award-winning, off-grid, carbon-neutral property is powered by renewable energy and is the work of architect Charles Wright. The property is made up of six cantilevered wings that emerge from the lake and appear to almost float on its surface. Alkira is also Category 5 cyclone-proof and is technically classed as a cyclone shelter!
Alkira is cyclone-proof.
If you’ve got a big group going, with six bedrooms, a swimming pool, a gym and a jacuzzi, not to mention its own private beach, Alkira is the perfect luxury accommodation in Cape Tribulation.
Alkira is an architectural masterpiece.
mist is the newest luxury boutique accommodation in Cape Tribulation, with three freestanding and spacious pavilions available to stay in. Each pavilion has 50 square metres of indoor and covered outdoor living space for you to immerse yourself in the rainforest.
mist sits at the base of Mount Sorrow and is named after the mist that envelops the top of the mountain. Completely off-grid, mist uses solar power to run the property, and is also a pet-friendly accommodation, so you can bring your furry friend with you too.
mist has three pavilions to choose from.
3. Ferntree Rainforest Lodge
Ferntree Rainforest Lodge is a family-owned environmentally friendly resort where guests can witness from their rooms the magical display of nature and wildlife unique to the Daintree. Ferntree has five room types, ranging from a luxury garden loft to a more affordable standard room option.
Stay in a luxury garden loft to feel immersed in the rainforest.
Ferntree’s in-house Cassowary Restaurant has a Balinese-style décor and serves some truly Australian dishes like kangaroo fillet medallions and panko-crusted crocodile! Wednesday and Thursday are “special nights” at the restaurant, with pasta and pizza nights respectively, and the main menu isn’t available on those nights. Also, be sure to reserve a table, as service can’t be guaranteed otherwise due to the remoteness of the lodge.
The view just doesn’t get better than this.
4. Cape Tribulation Beach House
With direct access to Cape Tribulation Beach, a restaurant and bar on site, and a swimming pool (because you don’t want to swim in the ocean), Cape Trib Beach House welcomes people from all walks of life. With no wi-fi or service, a stay here is super peaceful and allows you to properly disconnect.
Extensive renovations were completed in 2021, including the design and construction of the new Endeavour Family Units that can sleep up to six people. There are six different styles of rooms to suit every type of traveller.
The huts at Cape Trib Beach House are immersed in the rainforest. (Image: Tourism Tropical North Queensland)
An absolute bucket list moment when you stay here is waking up early to watch the sunrise on the beach. It is seriously unmatched!
Stroll down to Cape Trib Beach to watch the sunrise. (Image: Emily Murphy)
5. PK’s Jungle Village
PK’s Jungle Village is a budget accommodation option in the hustle and bustle of Cape Trib. If you’re into adventure, you’re a backpacker, or you’re just mindful of saving your cash, this is the accommodation for you. PK’s offers private cabins and dormitory style accommodation, all with air-conditioning, as well as camping facilities and a caravan park all just a short walk to the beach in Cape Tribulation.
The large pool is the place to be in the afternoon, and then in the evening, it all happens at PK’s famous Jungle Bar. With Happy Hour from 6pm – 7pm and 8.30pm – 9.30pm, relaxing at the Jungle Bar is the ultimate way to end your busy day in the Daintree.
6. Safari Lodge
Safari Lodge offers both cabins and campsites, including powered campsites suitable for caravans and motorhomes. Safari Lodge also has a swimming pool and the Turtle Rock Cafe on the premises. Sleep in the jungle and enjoy the sounds of the rainforest at night, and if you can rise early to experience the sunrise over beautiful Myall Beach, you won’t regret it.
Relax by the pool at Safari Lodge.
Safari Lodge is operated by Ocean Safari, which is one of the best things to do in Cape Tribulation, taking you on an exhilarating boat ride out to two different snorkel spots on the Great Barrier Reef. The half-day Ecotourism Australia ECO-certified tour has tour tours per day – one in the morning, and one in the afternoon.