Sleeping under the stars in the Daintree is an experience you will never forget.
Cape Tribulation is the only place on Earth where two UNESCO World Heritage sites meet. Home to both the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation is the perfect base. And the best way to see it? Camping of course!
If you’re not a fan of camping, there are a range of other accommodation options in Cape Tribulation or if you’d rather stay elsewhere in the Daintree.
Whether you’re a camping newbie or a seasoned camper, there’s a campsite for you in Cape Trib. Choose between off-grid, remote sites to campgrounds with all the facilities you could possibly want. Here is a guide to everything you need to know about camping in Cape Trib.
1. Noah Beach camping area
There is no camping permitted along the Manjal Jimalji (Devils Thumb) trail, the Mount Sorrow ridge trail, or anywhere else in Daintree National Park. Free camping is only available in the Cape Tribulation section of Daintree National Park at Noah Beach camping area.
Located just 50 metres from the iconic Noah Beach, this camping area is a stunning spot to base yourself while exploring the Daintree. Noah Beach camping area can be reached by cars and campervans, but not by caravans, motorhomes or really high (more than 3.2 metres-high) campervans, due to overhanging trees and tight turns, so just be wary of this.
The campsite has composting toilets and is also very shady, with limited sun for charging solar panels. Open fires are prohibited to preserve the natural rainforest, so make sure you bring a gas stove to cook on. Also, download offline maps before you go, because Noah Beach is a dead zone for phone service.
Important: Noah Beach camping area is closed throughout the wet season every year from the first Sunday after New Year’s Day until Good Friday.
Noah Beach is just 50 metres from the campsite. (Image: Tourism and Events Queensland and Reuben Nutt)
2. Cape Tribulation Camping
Cape Tribulation Camping has both powered and unpowered sites available right by the beach. Cape Trib Camping has hot showers, toilets and laundry facilities available, so you don’t have to rough it too much!
You’ll be able to cook up a feast here, as there are two camp kitchens with free gas cookers, free BBQs, fridges, sinks, and ice available to purchase. If you’re heading to the 4WD-only Bloomfield Track after a stay here, it’s a great spot to prepare for the remote trip, with caravan storage available for only $10 per night for a powered spot.
Powered and unpowered sites are available right near the beach. (Image: Tourism and Events Queensland)
3. Daintree Rainforest Village Camping
Also located before the road gets too rough for caravans and 2WDs, Daintree Rainforest Village is the perfect mix of caravan park and campsite to base yourself while in the Daintree. It also has caravan storage so if you venture off into the rougher, deeper Daintree, you can leave your caravan here too.
The village has bathrooms, a laundry, a camp kitchen, fire facilities, an onsite general store and a fuel station, among other things, so it really is a one-stop shop.
Not a bad spot to set up camp. (Image: Daintree Rainforest Village)
4. PK’s Jungle Village
PK’s Jungle Village is right in the heart of Cape Trib. PK’s campground welcomes campers, campervans and caravans, who have full use of all resort facilities and designated camping bays. A couple of powered sites are available on advanced request, but they are mainly unpowered sites.
With PK’s large pool and famous Jungle Bar all on site, you’ll still feel very connected and relaxed here.
5. Safari Lodge
Safari Lodge offers affordable Cape Tribulation camping sites close to Myall Beach, restaurants and waterholes. There are powered campsites suitable for caravans and motorhomes as well.
Safari Lodge is located onsite at the Ocean Safari check-in office, which is also home to the Turtle Rock Cafe. Ocean Safari is one of the best things to do in Cape Tribulation. The Ecotourism Australia ECO-certified tour starts with a 25-minute exhilarating boat ride that takes you out to two different snorkel spots and a sand cay on the Great Barrier Reef.
The BBQ area and camp kitchen have a pool view. (Image: Safari Lodge)
6. Yindilli Camping Ground
Yindilli Camping Ground is about an hour-and-a-half drive from Cape Tribulation on the CREB Track or two hours from Daintree Village, the camp has toilet and shower facilities and fireplaces and dry firewood, you will just need to bring your own camping gear, food and supplies.
The perfect place to stargaze. (Image: Yindilli Camping Ground)
The CREB Track is only suitable for well-equipped 4WD vehicles and those with vehicle recovery experience. It’s also not suitable for trailers. The track is very steep and very rough, so if you attempt it in a 2WD or with a trailer on, you will get stuck!
The CREB Track also closes temporarily from time to time depending on the conditions, so make sure you check before you go to avoid disappointment.
The CREB track is strictly for 4WDs. (Image: Tourism Tropical North Queensland)