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

Explore lush lowland rainforest and cross several creeks on the Jindalba circuit track. Photo credit: © Tourism Tropical North Queensland

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

Jindalba circuit track

Delve deep into dense lowland rainforest at the base of Mount Alexandra on a circuit track that crosses several rainforest creeks.

Journey type
3km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1.5hrs walking time.
Moderate (walk)

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Toilets (flush)
  • Walking

Immerse yourself in some of the last remaining lowland rainforest in Australia at Jindalba (meaning ‘foot of the mountain’). You’ll need to be reasonably fit for this track, which is well-signed but stony in places, and crosses rainforest creeks.

Look for birds of all kinds—large majestic cassowaries or buff-breasted paradise kingfishers streaming their long tails through the forest. Although many of the park's mammals are nocturnal, you may catch some day-time action with musky rat-kangaroos foraging on the forest floor and Bennett's tree-kangaroos rustling about the canopy. Then relax in the Jindalba day-use area before continuing your discovery tour of the Daintree.

Jindalba is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, famed for its remarkable diversity, evolutionary history and incredible scenic beauty.

Getting there and getting around

The Jindalba circuit track is in the Cape Tribulation Section of Daintree National Park (CYPAL), 100–150km north of Cairns.

  • From Cairns, drive 104km north along the Captain Cook Highway to the entrance to the Cape Tribulation section of the park at the Daintree River crossing.
  • The Daintree ferry operates 6.00am–midnight every day with a reduced service on Christmas Day and occasional breaks in service for mechanical repairs or during flooding.
  • From the Daintree ferry, drive 16km north along Cape Tribulation Road then turn right into Tulip Oak Road (8.5km past the Mount Alexandra Lookout), and drive a further 1km to the Jindalba car park.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Jindalba circuit track is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Cape Tribulation safely and Walk with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.