Cape Tribulation

With parts on order in Cairns we have a few days to wait. We decided to head south toward Cairns. Having stayed the night with Mark( Donnie’s mate) after finishing the CREB , we wandered our way down the Bloomfield track, which is like a dirt highway after the CREB. All this jungle is here for a reason, because its wet, very wet. It started raining as we approached Cape Tribulation.

The Cape seemed like a nice enough spot so we found a camp site. I recall vivid stories of my fathers recounting his trip up the east coast as a youngster, hitch hiking around Australia. Those stories drew me to stay here at Cape Tribulation.

I recall one story of coconuts. I too wanted to drink from a coconut at Cape Tribulation. Raman climbed a very tall tree and got us our first nut.


Cape Tribulation Beach

Cape Tribulation Beach


The following day I ran into a girl we met in Eungella, Sara. She was as excited as we were about getting more coconuts and she took a few photos which really capture the experience.




Cutting the the bunches

Cutting the the bunches

Some of the haul

Some of the haul


there is nothing like it! :D

there is nothing like it! 😀


Thanks for sharing this time with us Sara.

We got over 30 coconuts. There were plenty to share with our neighbours at our camp.

5 Responses to Cape Tribulation

  1. David Holmgren September 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    This post certainly brings back memories of the furtherest point north I got up the Cape on my round Australia hitch hiking tour in 1973. I used your map (which is displaying fine) and Google Earth (with all the pics that show up) to work out the beach just north of Coopers Creek (called Coopers Beach by the North Qlders camped there) where I spent the week with my broken arm in plaster. I remember It took me half an hour to get the husk off a coconut using my right (wrong) hand and my feet. I was totally dependent of others to supply me as climbing was out of the question.

  2. Sharon September 8, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    I remember climbing the coconut palms as a child to quinche the thirst, So many people have never experienced it. In growing up in and around yepoon area is was a weekend past time.
    Cape tribulation is a very tranquil area with the most wonderful rain forests. Enjoy

  3. Lorelei September 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    Raman’s talents never cease to amaze me!

  4. patrick September 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    wow, serious bush tucker ol. we’ll be following in yr footsteps in a few months.

    • Oliver Holmgren September 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      Got another 25 or so the other day. I am loving the wild harvest.
      Had to climb 9m to get those though.
      That’s the only challenge is they are often quite a way up.

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