Cape Tribulation ( English : "Cape of Tribulation") is a headland on the east coast of Australia . It is located approximately 45 km north of Port Douglas and 110 km north of Cairns in Queensland . This is where the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef collide.
The name is derived from the fact that James Cook ran aground there with his ship on his first South Sea voyage (1768–1771) and almost got lost. Only after a month of repairs could he continue his journey.
About 150 people live in the settlement there. The place can usually be reached with a normal car. The route takes a ferry across the Daintree River. The place itself consists of several resorts and accommodations as well as some restaurants. North of the cape is Cooktown , which can only be reached from there with a four-wheel drive vehicle.