Madja boardwalk, Cape Tribulation
Explore dense lowland rainforest as it merges into mangrove-lined creek habitat, all from the comfort of a boardwalk.
- Journey type
- 1.2km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
- Time suggested
- Allow 45min walking time.
- Grade 1 walking track
- Conventional vehicle
- Lookout (constructed)
- Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
Meander along Madja (meaning ‘rainforest’ or ‘jungle’) boardwalk and immerse yourself in dense lowland rainforest. Marvel at the change in sights, sounds and smells as it merges into a muddy mangrove habitat when you cross Noah Creek.
Daintree is home to most of the world's 19 primitive plant families. As you walk, look for signs along the boardwalk that label various plants and trace the evolutionary journey of plants. Spend time peering into the creek to look for fish and possibly eels. At low tide pause to listen to the bustling of crabs and other crustaceans on the muddy banks.
This park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, famed for its exceptional natural beauty, outstanding examples of the record of life, evolutionary history and remarkable diversity.
Getting there and getting around
The Madja boardwalk is in the Cape Tribulation section of Daintree National Park (CYPAL), about 130km north of Cairns.
- From the Daintree ferry, drive 27km north along the Cape Tribulation road and pull into the Madja car park, 6km past Thornton Beach.
Madja boardwalk is wheelchair-accessible with assistance.
Before you visit
Madja boardwalk is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
- Temporary closure: Alexandra Range lookout, Cape Tribulation section, Daintree National Park 14 December 2022
- Temporary walking track closure: Saddle track, Kulki day-use area, Cape Tribulation Daintree National Park (CYPAL) 23 December 2021 to 31 January 2023