Deborah K Bates - Blog
Cape Trib Beach House
[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.
[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.
[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!
[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.
[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.
[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 on the dusty Bloomfield track, with Cape Tribulation in the background]