The Bloomfield Track

The Bloomfield Track going south from Cooktown to Cape Tribulation is the great adventure drive of Queenslands north east coast. It’s a 4WD only route that traverses creek crossings and steep climbs that can be boggy. This 80km infamous stretch of road is impassable for many weeks in the wet season and even in the dry you have to check as creek crossings can be affected by tidal conditions.

As it is so very dry at the moment we wanted to try some of the track and see some of the places down there. We passed through Ayton (named after Great Ayton where James Cook was born) and also the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal. Here the track got rougher and steeper and took us high above the Bloomfield River with some stunning views. Creek crossings, however, which would normally have high water had only a trickle in them. We passed the famous Bloomfield Track Takeaway and then visited the Bloomfield Falls – again for looking only as crocs inhabit the river. We also crossed the well known Bloomfield River Crossing and a few kilometres further on the track became much steeper and rougher so we returned to Bloomfield. We’re sure we could probably have made the last 20 kilometres to Cape Tribulation but perhaps good sense prevailed. Recovery around here is quoted at about 4000 pounds per vehicle. It was strange to think that instead of that last 20kms we now had a 300km journey to get to Cape Tribulation.

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