Sports and the Outdoors in Cape Tribulation
Sports and the Outdoors
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours. It's an exhilarating perspective on the rain forest and reef: suspended above the canopy on flying-fox zip lines, your speed controlled by guides, you whiz along (and if you like, flip upside-down) over lush rain forest and Mason's Creek, stopping at five tree platforms for killer bird's-eye views. Sessions last 1½ to 2 hours (A$90) and depart eight times a day starting at 7:45 am. Nightly guided Jungle Adventures Nightwalks (A$40) explore the critter-filled 45-acre grounds, departing PK's Jungle Village reception at 7:30 pm. Transfers from most local accommodations are free, or self-drive to the central departure point. Thrice-weekly day-tour packages from Port Douglas include lunch at Whet. Note that Jungle Surfing is unsuitable for anyone weighing more than 120 kilograms (260 pounds), and that children under 18 must bring a medical certificate and waiver before they'll be allowed to zip-line. From The Boardwalk Cafe (next to PK's), off Cape Tribulation Rd., Cape Tribulation, QLD, 4873. 07/4098–0043. www.junglesurfing.com.au.
Great Barrier Reef Tours
Ocean Safari. Eco-certified Ocean Safari runs half-day small-group tours that include snorkeling two pristine sites on the Great Barrier Reef, just half an hour's thrilling motorboat ride off Cape Trib Beach. Well-chosen sites on magnificent Mackay and Undine reefs teem with "Nemos" (clown anemone fish), turtles, rays, barracuda, potato cod, giant clams, nudibranchs, and an astounding array of corals. A maximum of 25 passengers and a rigid inflatable boat (with covered seating area and bathroom facilities) help make everyone comfortable. Expert guidance, wet suits, snorkeling gear, and EMC (reef) tax are included in the price; you can buy soft drinks, chocolate, and underwater cameras on board. Transfers from Cow Bay are A$10; pickups from Cape Trib accommodations are free. From The Boardwalk Cafe, opposite PK's, Cape Tribulation Rd., Cape Tribulation, QLD, 4873. 07/4098–0666. www.oceansafari.com.au. A$123. Daily 9–12:30 and 1–4:30, weather permitting.