Camping in Cape Tribulation with swimming

Rainforest hiking and beach camping are primary draws to Cape Tribulation.

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12 top campgrounds in Cape Tribulation with swimming

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Mowbray Spring Creek Camp

9 sites · RVs3 acres · Mowbray, QLD
Located just 15 minutes from Port Douglas and 30 minutes from Palm Cove our property is the perfect base to explore all the beauty this region has to offer. We have close access to some beautiful nearby creeks and walking trails. With Four Mile beach, Spring Creek Falls, Mowbray Falls all at your door step there is endless adventures to be had. The property is right near the Mowbray National Park and the Bump Track which is a popular and memorable mountain-biking experience for those who love to ride. This 6km trail climbs from sea level to almost 400m within just a couple of kilometres, allowing riders to experience one of the biggest downhill thrills in the region. You might also like to explore further and do a day trip up to the Daintree. Your friendly host is always happy to share local knowledge so you can get the best out of your trip. Campers will need to be self sufficient with their own toilet/shower facilities and must take all waste and rubbish with them on departure. Pets are welcome but must be kept under your control at all times. Sorry, no campfires allowed.
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AU$30
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Miallo Lakehouse Hipcamp

8 sites · RVs38 acres · Mossman, QLD
Miallo Lakehouse is situated on a private farm allocated along a beautiful rainforest stream that is perfect for swimming and relaxing. The location is perfect as a base camp to explore this fantastic region, just 8 minutes from Mossman, 20 minutes from Port Douglas, and 20 minutes from the Daintree. Sites are located by the stream and are well-shaded in the afternoon and morning, but with enough sunny space to charge solar panels. Adjacent to the campsites are horse and cattle paddocks, where you'll see our animals grazing. All campers need to be self-contained with their own camp toilet. There is however water available. Well-behaved pets are welcome too!
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AU$35
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Jack's Place Daintree

6 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Cow Bay, QLD
OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND.Jack's Place is a family-owned retreat property just back from Cow Bay Beach in the Daintree Rainforest. The property has been in our family for over 40 years, being one of the first properties established in the region, named after Jack, a career railwayman & sugar mill operator, our beloved father, grandfather & great grandfather, who 'chucked' his only 'sickie' ever to get to the auction to purchase the property. The property has a lovely seasonal creek which usually flows in the wet season and can sometimes flow all the way through until June, depending on rainfall. There's a shared shed for campers to use.Plenty of lovely freshwater swimming holes in the area and we are about 1km to the beach. Can walk via bitumen road.Good access for all types of vehicles. No amenities so guests need to have everything they need including a toilet and leave no trace.Dog friendly. Campfire permitted in a designated fire pit. Plenty of wood around to gather your own.There are no crocs here but plenty of other wildlife!
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AU$20
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Cool Clean & Green in Julatten!

5 sites · RVs61 acres · Julatten, QLD
Juliet and Grant have been custodians since 2003, in that time we've built a house, raised a family and now that Alex and Hayley are both at University, life has become a little quieter, (not so sure if we like the quiet though!) Now we've only just started with Hipcamp, we do have a lot to discover, happy to listen and learn. We do offer plenty of space and you will not be crowded out as we keep numbers very limited. No facilities, no toilets, showers, electricity, rubbish bins etc. We do ask that you respect this as you must be fully self contained. We do not consider, a bucket with a lid, to be self contained ok!
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AU$11
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River Paddock Farm

6 sites · RVs20 acres · Mossman, QLD
Miallo Creek Stay offers a beautiful grass paddock surrounded by stunning clear waters of our creek which runs all year round. Relax by the creek during the day and in the evening enjoy a campfire under the stars. You'll also get to enjoy spectacular sunsets over the mountains. The surrounding paddocks have horses, cattle, and buffalo that all love a good scratch! We only accept self-contained campers at this time, with their own toilet/shower facilities. Guests must take all waste and rubbish with them on departure. Campfires are permitted when fire bans are not in place, and you can purchase firewood from us. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash at all times whilst on the property. Our property is located between Port Douglas and the Daintree, so we offer a quiet, private base between these two popular tourist spots.
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🦋 Rainforest & Tropical Gardens

13 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Mossman, QLD
Rainforest & Tropical Gardens is an alcohol, tobacco, drug free property and has sites available for camping on a private, peaceful acreage with beautiful gardens in amongst pristine rainforest. We are located just a few kms from the small town of Mossman in Far North Queensland and would suit quiet, respectful campers. Campfires are welcome in the fire pits provided, plenty of fire wood on site. The property is suitable for well supervised children. Well behaved pets are welcome, please ensure you clean up after them and keep them under control at all times. Guests are required to be fully self-contained with their own toilet facilities and must take waste with them on departure or there is a public toilet located just a couple of km's away.
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AU$32
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Gap Creek Retreat

3 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Cooktown, QLD
We are a tropical fruit botanical garden started 50 years ago on the banks of Gap Creek situated on the edge of the Cedar Bay National Park Queensland. We have fruit in season, cows, chickens and ducks.It is 7km to the beach and 8km to the shop.It is also possible to hike to Cedar Bay from this location. Safe swimming in the creek. Limited mobile reception.
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AU$14
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Ash Mossman RV site

3 sites · RVs2 acres · Mossman, QLD
We have 6 grassed sites for self contained Caravans or Motorhomes. The property adjoins Mossman cemetery and is a 2 minute drive into town/shops. It’s flat grassed land that’s secluded by trees and shrubs for privacy. Only 5min drive to Mossman Gorge. Water and Electricity provided and included in the price.
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AU$25
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Newell Beach Farm Stay

4 sites · RVs36 acres · Newell, QLD
This a chilled back relaxed site with beautiful views of sunsets over the mountain. If you enjoy fishing the Dam is alive with Barra so feel free to test out your luck. You can also cool down for a swim in the dam or use the kayaks available for a little paddle, Happy hour Hanger is open with picnic tables and camp fires for the campers to use at their disposal. Located in Newell Beach, central to Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation/Daintree this caravan site is situated around a Dam on a cattle farm surrounded by cane fields. 2 minutes from the beach and boat ramp, 5 minutes from Mossman town and 10 minutes from the Mossman Gorge. There is drinkable water taps around the sites for caravans to fill their tanks.
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AU$28
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Scrubby Creek Trevethan Falls

7 sites · RVs, Tents160 acres · Rossville, QLD
Discover beautiful rainforests and open pastures at Scrubby Creek Trevethan Falls, a very special property just 30 minutes from Cooktown. We offer various grass and bush sites spread out over 160 acres, each peaceful and secluded, within walking distance of amazing natural waterfalls, the clear-running creek dotted with swimming holes, as well as established hiking trails. There is a variety of bird life and wildlife. Trevethan Falls is just a short walk away. Finish the day around your open campfire. You cut or collect your wood from around the property just contact your host. The property has had changes to 3 sites which happened on December the 17th 2023 at around 6am in the Morning we were awoken to the sounds of timber and dirt hitting the house and in a matter of 2 hrs sites 1 /2 and 3 were totally destroyed and the Trevethan Creek was directed through our property, This event was a Landslide from the top of the Moutain which went through the Trevethan Falls and the trees and dirt got caught up in a bottle neck down from the falls. We already had 3 .5 Meters of rain in 4 days! the bottle neck broke out at 6 am hitting us like a freight train and the rest is a good story to tell around a fireplace. We are working hard to clean up sites 1 /2 and 3 which I can see results. Site 1 is open and is very good with water running by the site/ Site 2 is open and we are currently doing work on the new site 2 / Site 3 is currently moved until we clean up the old site. We have a new Site which is Site7 on the creek and very private and Site 4 on the dam and Sites 5 and 6 are bush camps and are very Private. We are hoping to see the tree Kangaroos coming back as well which are good viewing from Midnight on wards to 3 am. Please come and stay we have more sites planed for the future. Please be sure to read the descriptions carefully Pets are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times. There is also a hobby farm in operation on the property, so you may hear and see the workings of the farm as you explore. We are confident that once you discover this place, you'll return time and time again.
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Rossville Retreat Lodges & Camping

12 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents210 acres · Rossville, QLD
Escape from the hustle and bustle of life and reconnect with nature in the beauty of Rossville Retreat, perfectly located and overlooked by Black Mountain, only 20 minutes from Cooktown and 2kms from the historic Lion’s Den pub. Close enough for day trips, yet far enough from Cooktown to enjoy the incredible wildlife and scenery during the daytime and the most amazing star gazing opportunities while sitting around your campfire in the evenings.
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Helenvale Farm/Van Stay

37 sites · RVs25 acres · Rossville, QLD
Helenvale Farm/Van Stay offers sites for campers with their own toilet at $ 30.00/night per van. Helenvale Farm/Van Stay is located directly next door to the historic Lion’s Den Hotel where you can indulge in food and beverages 7 days a week and is in easy walking distance from all the campsites. The Little Annan River boarders Helenvale Farm/Van Stay flows all year around and is also within walking distance from the campsites. There are multiple campsites available at Helenvale Farm/Van Stay including:  Sunny sites for those requiring solar power.  River views from river frontage sites.  Wide open spaces with plenty of room for big rigs.  Semi-shaded, tree lined campsites that offer either secluded, or family sized areas.  Good wifi coverage if you have your own wifi.  Boar water is available on request. There is array of other sights and activities to indulge in while staying at Helenvale Farm/Van Stay including:  Watching the lambs and sheep grazing and playing.  Enjoy a dip or fish in the river.  Campfires with plenty of wood for free.  Nature walks with an abundance of bird, fauna and wildlife.  Star gazing, sunrises and sunsets.  Or you can just relax on the sandy riverside beaches. Should you wish to venture out of Helenvale Farm/Van Stay there are numerous places to visit including:  Black Mountain National Park and Cedar Bay National Park.  Trevathan, Home Rule and Wujal Wujal Falls.  Historic Cooktown, Bloomsfield or Cape Tribulation. While spending quality time with friends and family you can relax in the beauty of nature while enjoying the peace and quiet of farm life on sites that are not overcrowded. If you wish to have an unforgettable stay at Helenvale Farm/Van Stay, please contact us by phoning or texting: 0488 007 739 or 0429 832 314 Channel Nine UHF within a 4 kms range.
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Camping in Cape Tribulation with swimming guide

Overview

Stretching from the Daintree River in the south to the Bloomfield River in the north in Queensland’s Wet Tropics region, Cape Tribulation is known for its wild and remote landscapes. Boardwalks provide easy walking into dense rainforest, mangrove swamps and beaches. For a sweeping view of Cape Tribulation, take the Kulki boardwalk. Experienced hikers can tackle the six-hour Mount Sorrow ridge trail. A village offers grocery stores, cafes and a few resorts, but most people come for the walks and the isolation. The best guided walks focus on the life and culture of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji indigenous people.

Where to go

Daintree Village

The pioneer-era timber logging township of Daintree Village is 48 km south of Cape Tribulation. There’s not much to do at this quirky village, but it’s a good place to stock up on essential supplies, and it has a good pub and a couple of cafes.

Mossman Gorge

The heart of the other section of Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge is a popular swimming hole among huge granite boulders on the Mossman River. Entry is only via fee-based shuttle bus from the Mossman Gorge Centre.

Cow Bay

The Daintree Discovery Centre at Cow Bay has more than 900 metres of elevated rainforest boardwalks, a 10-metre-high aerial walkway to explore the tree canopy, and a 23-metre tower for expansive views. Self-guided audio tours are included, and visitors gain access to an informative interpretive display.

Kuranda

Kuranda is another rainforest village, best visited on the way north from Cairns. It has several wildlife attractions (including a butterfly house) and offers both Barron River cruises and rainforest walks. It’s unashamedly touristy with lots of markets and souvenir shops, but it’s a scenic stop that can be reached from Cairns via the Skyrail cableway and/or the Kuranda Scenic Rail historic train.

Mount Alexandra (Walu Wugirriga) Lookout

The Mount Alexandra (Walu Wugirriga) lookout, about 5 km from the Daintree River ferry crossing on the road to Cape Tribulation, has the best views of the coast and nearby islands.

When to go

The best months to visit Cape Tribulation are  July to November, during the “dry” season. At this time of year, toxic marine stingers are less likely to inhabit the water. December to March is hot and humid, and from February to March, campers find lots of rain. Cyclones are possible between November and April.

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