Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

Where the rainforest meets the Coral Sea—Cape Tribulation and its fringing reefs, Queensland. Photo credit: Tourism Queensland

About Cape Tribulation

    Park features

    Daintree National Park (CYPAL) features long sandy beaches, rocky headlands and steep mountain ranges intersected by numerous creeks and rivers. One of Australia's last extensive stands of lowland rainforest is found here. Impenetrable ranges, rising steeply from the coast, are blanketed with dense upland rainforests supporting many ancient plants and animals. This unique landscape is the traditional country of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people.

    The Cape Tribulation section of Daintree National Park (CYPAL) (about 17,000ha) stretches in a narrow, intermittent strip from the Daintree River in the south to the Bloomfield River in the north. The McDowall Range, rising steeply from the coast, forms the western boundary.

    A visit to this area gives you a rare chance to experience two of Australia's most significant World Heritage sites—the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics world heritage areas. Both are valued for their exceptional biological diversity.

    Looking after the park

    As part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Daintree National Park (CYPAL) contains outstanding examples of major stages in the earth's evolutionary history, its continuing biological evolution and its exceptional beauty. It also provides habitat for many rare and threatened species.

    • Please slow down when driving through cassowary habitat and watch out for cassowaries and their chicks at the roadside.
    • Take your rubbish—including food scraps—with you when you leave.
    • Do not use shampoo or soap in or near waterways.
    • When boating, go slowly over sea grass beds—dugongs feed here.
    • Stay on walking tracks at all times—this reduces the risk of injury, prevents disturbance to native vegetation and reduces erosion.
    • Obey signs and regulations—they are in place to protect this area for conservation and nature-based recreation.
    • Please do not dispose of foreign material or waste from chemical disposal units in the bio-cycle toilet systems.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park (CYPAL), is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with the Wet Tropics Management Authority, for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation. It is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and is adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

    In 1981 Cape Tribulation National Park was declared, protecting 17,000ha of the Daintree area's remaining rainforest. It was amalgamated into Daintree National Park in 1995. With the combination of Cape Tribulation and Mossman sections, Daintree National Park (CYPAL) now encompasses 73,500ha.

    In March 2007 the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people signed a series of Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) with the Queensland Government and other bodies. The ILUAs recognise Eastern Kuku Yalanji's rights to be custodians and managers of their traditional country. Under one of these ILUAs, Eastern Kuku Yalanji people will be more involved in managing Daintree National Park (CYPAL).

    Tourism information links

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