North of Cape Tribulation, the Bloomfield Track
is an interesting drive through the Rainforest. Numerous improvements have been made over the last few years, including a 3.5m bridge above the Bloomfield River (2014). There are still several creek and river crossings and some steep climbs and descents so while it was once strictly for 4WD vehicles only and quite challenging after rains, it is now far more accessible to a wider range of tourists. The track is now well graded and as such is now considered a "road". The steep ups and downs are now concrete and the river crossings are hard bottom. Be aware however that the track is still narrow and unsuitable for large caravans but is ok for more maneuverable camper trailers.
The Bloomfield Track
ends near the Aboriginal Community of Wujal Wujal and travellers can either continue north using our Ayton to Cooktown
Trek Note, pickup the more challenging CREB track
, or retrace their steps south.
How to Use this Trek Note
Click the "Map" tab below to see the route we've provided. Icons on the map are the POIs you'll need for navigation purposes. Be sure to check the list of Nearby Places
on each POI page.
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- If you're not a Member, or you'd like to batch download the entire Treks database you can obtain this by buying a product called EOTreks Route Files from our online shop.
Being a true Rainforest Habitat it is normal to expect some level of wet conditions during the trek - ranging from drizzly rain and wet sections of track at the beginning of the trek at Cape Tribulation to a drier and more barren environment towards the end.
Cape Tribulation was so named by Captain James Cook after his ship ran aground on Endeavour Reef. Aboriginals however, called the area Kulki. The first track through the Daintree was an Aboriginal footpath, that with the arrival of settlers and miners, was later upgraded to a packhorse track. In 1983 the Bloomfield Track
was formed for vehicles by bulldozers, attracting international attention to the fight to save the lowland Daintree rainforests. The conservationists lost that battle, but the publicity generated by the blockade indirectly led to the Federal Government's moves in 1987 to nominate Qld's wet tropical rainforests for World Heritage
listing. Despite strenuous resistance by the Queensland
timber industry and state government, the area was inscribed on the World Heritage
list in 1988 and one of the key outcomes was a total ban on commercial logging in the area.