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Cape Trib Beach House

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The 3 of us

[Mouseover for another image - Manager Matt, me (Deborah) and Wayne the Head Gardener.]

Cape Trib Beach House (see my review on trip advisor) epitomizes all-things aligned to retreat-escape. From the moment the small tour bus took the white-dusty road upwards passing a general store and a number of other accommodation venues, I knew we were headed to somewhere that was going to offer enough isolation to enable a recharge and a much sought after commune with self and nature. First things first – once you leave the ‘mainland’ and head across the Daintree River on the ferry, you HAVE left the ‘mainland’ - into the land of solitude and magical beauty (sorry for the cliché), where the mobile phone ringtone would be nothing more than a rude intrusion. (Trust me, after the initial panic of an OMG-no-mobile-what-the-heck moment which lasted for about 30 seconds, it turned into an OMG-no-mobile-halleluiah moment which lasted long after the last ring tone. You got it readers, there is no reception BUT Cape Trib Beach House provides free wifi at the reception area.

cabin

[Mouseover for another image - The St. Crispin Cabin.]

THE ACCOMMODATION: Cape Trib Beach House offers a range of options to suit those seeking budget hostel accommodation - Dorms and budget doubles/triples to delightful well-appointed cabins - Ribbon and St. Crispin for the more delicate flowers (AKA Deborah) complete with prime location – that is 20 metres from the beach and easy distance to the restaurant and bar.

dining1

[Mouseover for another image - the restaurant and bar the perfect place to unwind.]

THE RESTAURANT AND BAR: is perfectly suited to the climate of North Queensland as an open air affair with enough roof covering to keep out the rain whilst allowing the rainforest in. You will find a ‘sitting area’ not unlike your lounge at home complete with a mammoth TV, ablution amenities and expansive dining areas where you can take a posi overlooking the rainforest or the beach. The staff are super friendly, the meals well-priced and again a range to suit a variety of budgets and tastes … from Bolognaise to Barramundi (colloquially Spag Bol and Barra.) You can dine in for breakfast, lunch and dinner or cook your own in the guest kitchen a little yonder up the path. My only suggestion would be gluten free breads and other milk options to dairy. I did get around that issue and the staff were more than happy to accommodate. My first real meal upon arriving was a burger minus the bread with loads of salad. It hit the spot!

daintree meets beach

[Mouseover for another image - where the Daintree meets the sea, beautiful serenity.]

SAFELY IN THE RAINFOREST: I confess, I had images of non-lit, spider-web infested bush tracks leading to the cabins (I know, my imagination is rampant – but I am a writer :-) ) AND to my relief there are easy access solar lighted paved paths from reception to the cabins and restaurant right down to the beautiful Cape TRIB Beach.

Kayaking

[Mouseover for another image - colourful kayaks, what a wonderful way to see the views or head to the Great Barrier Reef on a snorkelling tour.]

ACTIVITIES: The helpful staff can point you in the right direction when it comes to activities – from kayaking, horse-riding, rainforest night tours, Great Barrier Reef snorkeling and diving tours and much more. In my 24 hours I crammed in a 3k walk along the beach to the Cape Trib lookout and an Ocean Safari boat tour of the Reef – which still left me plenty of time to sit on the pristine beach with nothing to do apart from breathe in the essence of the rich terrain.

beach wine

[Mouseover for another image - 20 metres from the restaurant or the cabins you will find the Cape Tribulation Beach, where the Daintree meets the sea.]

There are no … NO … disappointments regarding my stay at Cape Trib Beach House – well maybe just one – and that is that I stayed only one night. In saying that, my 24 hours at Cape Trib Beach House was delightful and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking retreat, a break away from ‘mainland’ life, on a honeymoon, or as an international traveler seeking to explore a couple of our national treasures – the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef. Look no further – Cape Trib Beach House is the perfect place to stay. My sincerest compliments to Matt and his staff for a delightful and return-worthy visit. A personal thank you to Matt for coming to my aid during a moment of distress – my stay was made in even more special knowing all patrons were looked after and my accommodation was a haven to restore and rejuvenate.

Me and Cape Trib in backdrop

[Me on the dusty Bloomfield track, with Cape Tribulation in the background]

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