By LTN Team
For hiking enthusiasts, the Daintree Rainforest provides a wilderness experience that ranks as one of the most exotic and challenging in the world. When hiking in this area it is vital to bring ample supplies of drinking water to combat the intense tropical humidity. Hikers should also wear long pants and consider wearing a long sleeve shirt to repel leeches and protect skin from the hanging vines that love to hold onto anything that brushes past them.
When hiking anywhere in the tropical north, it is important to tell someone where you are going and how long you expect to be away. People have gone missing and never been found when the have only intended to be away for a few hours on a simple hike. Don't take the risk.
Hikers should not take short cuts through the rainforest in an attempt to get to a destination quicker. Stick to elevated boardwalks and marked tracks wherever possible. Also, leave the rainforest as you find it. Don't leave rubbish behind.
The Wet Tropics Management Authority couldn't state their instructions any more clearly than this: "Leave your pets at home; take any rubbish out with you; don't feed the wildlife and don't pollute the water. Enjoy yourself and leave nothing but footsteps and take nothing but photographs!"
Myall Beach to Cape Tribulation Beach
One and a half hour round trip
From Myall Beach (accessed from Cape Tribulation village along a gravel track and wooden boardwalk through the mangroves) walk for a kilometre towards the cape until you reach a small creek. It is wise to cross this creek at low tide, because it can be quite deep and will saturate your boots at the very start of the hike. Not something you want to do.
200 metres past the creek is a sign pointing to Cape Tribulation beach. This track leads into the rainforest and over the Cape Tribulation headland. The hike concludes at the Cape Tribulation beach car park. Returning to Myall Beach is a simple matter of retracing your steps through the rainforest, or walking back along the road until you reach Cape Tribulation Village.
One hour round trip
At the Cape Tribulation Park is a sign pointing to the Dubuji car park. From here, the 1.8 kilometre Dubiji boardwalk meanders through the rainforest and mangroves with informative signs along the way telling stories about the plants and animals living in the area.
The boardwalk is circular, so you will return to the car park at the end of the walk.
Mardja Botanical Walk
Half an hour
At the south of Cape Tribulation, a path leads through the rainforest with informative signs posted along the way. The boardwalk reaches Oliver Creek, home of crocodiles, birds and other tropical creatures. This boardwalk is often inundated with tourists who arrive in buses, so if you want to avoid the rush it is best to make this walk early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Mount Sorrow Ridge
Six hours return trip
This is the challenging hike in the Daintree area. The Mount Sorrow Ridge hike leads high into the mountains behind Cape Tribulation, offering wonderful views of the area. The hike begins at the National Park Office at Cape Tribulation. The office will have detailed maps of the area that show where the hike leads. Please note this is a challenging hike and is not for the faint hearted.