Cape Tribulation & Daintree beaches

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    THE BEACHES ARE NICE PLACES TO SPEND A DAY IN THE SUN: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    SOME OF THE BEACHES ARE GREAT EXAMPLES OF WHERE THE RAINFOREST MEETS THE REEF: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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BeachesCape Tribulation & Daintree beaches

Beaches

 

 

Cape Kimberley

This is the beach closest to the Daintree River. Here you can do a beach walk up to the mouth of the river. Accessed via Cape Kimberley Road.

Cow Bay Beach

This is usually fairly quiet if you are looking for somewhere with fewer crowds.

Thorton Beach

This is a great example of 'where the rainforest meets the reef'. Here you can walk to the mouth of Cooper Creek, one of Australia's richest mangrove systems. However, be on the lookout for Crocodiles as this is a place where they are often located.

Coconut Beach

This beach has a fringing reef, which you can explore at low tide.

Myall Beach

A popular place to go swimming (however, only suitable for swimming outside of jellyfish season, usually between May and August). Access is achieved via the Dubuji day-use facility or along Avalon Street.

Cape Tribulation Beach

A good place to go when the south easterly winds are blowing as it is more sheltered. 

Emmagen Beach

Be wary of crocodiles here, not safe to swim.

Cowie Beach

This remote pristine beach is 20 minutes drive north of Cape Tribulation on the Bloomfield Track. Has wonderful mangroves and is spectacular at low tides.

Warning

 

Be aware of box jellyfish and stingers in northern parts of Australia in summer months

During the summer months from October to May along the Northern Australian coastline certain varieties of jellyfish like the box jellyfish are present in the coastal waters and can cause very serious reactions if you are stung. It is advised that between these months you swim in the protected netted swimming areas or avoid swimming in the sea.

If bitten by a box jellyfish vinegar should be applied to the sting and seek medical attention immediately.

Do not swim in areas known to have crocodiles

Crocodiles can be found in fresh and salt-water locations in parts of Northern Australia and occasionally there are attacks on people. In many cases some basic rules and precautions would avoid such attacks. Swimming in most rivers, creeks, lagoons and in certain coastal waters is not recommended in this part of Australia. Also pay attention to any warning signs that may be posted in certain areas.