Cairns to Cooktown coast road

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 05, 2023 at 19:32
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Not sure if it's still called the Bloomfield track nowadays with all the work that has been done on it?
Anyway, my question is, what is the probability it will be open to traffic late January?
4x4 obviously.

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Reply By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Sunday, Mar 05, 2023 at 19:41

Sunday, Mar 05, 2023 at 19:41
Late January what year?

If you are talking now, there is one major creek to cross and then all that mud.

That part of Queensland Is copping lots of tropical rain at the moment and it would be the last place you would want to be at the moment

All creeks will be up, even the concrete sections will be very slippery.
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon NT - Sunday, Mar 05, 2023 at 19:43

Sunday, Mar 05, 2023 at 19:43
Hi Stephen

No, not this year mate. It's now March :-)
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Monday, Mar 06, 2023 at 10:29

Monday, Mar 06, 2023 at 10:29
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Is it March already ???

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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Monday, Mar 06, 2023 at 18:32

Monday, Mar 06, 2023 at 18:32
" Is it March already ??? "

Not long to Christmas now :)


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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Mar 05, 2023 at 23:02

Sunday, Mar 05, 2023 at 23:02
Do you intend to tow a van, camper trailer or go through solo?
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon NT - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2023 at 18:49

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2023 at 18:49
Nah, just a 4x4 hire car
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Mar 06, 2023 at 11:34

Monday, Mar 06, 2023 at 11:34
This is what you need.
https://www.weather25.com/oceania/australia/queensland?page=month&month=January
Might be a bit more accurate in about 10 months. :)
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Reply By: Member - Warren H - Monday, Mar 06, 2023 at 15:35

Monday, Mar 06, 2023 at 15:35
It very much depends on the luck of the draw, ie when the monsoon trough drops down and whether there have been any cyclones to dump rain. When I used to do the hunting/fishing/camping thing in the Daintree (a long time ago), we had a bit of a rule of thumb that you'd probably be ok pre-Christmas. Have a look at the
BOM data for Cape Trib Store 1939-2022 and I reckon you'll have your answer.
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Reply By: Member - Cuppa - Monday, Mar 06, 2023 at 18:15

Monday, Mar 06, 2023 at 18:15
No guarantees one way or the other. Last wet season you would have been fine in January. This wet season - no way. All you can do is to wait until close to when you want to go, & be prepared to to take the longer sealed route to Cooktown. Even that can be impassable at times. It's just how it is - Wet seasons are unpredictable.
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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2023 at 09:45

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2023 at 09:45
Plan to go toCooktown/laura via the Mt Carbine road BUT...if you get lucky with the weather gods...do the Bloomfield. Slippery conditions, debris on road and rising creeks will stop you. DO NOT tow a van over it when there is any chance of moisture on the road.
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon NT - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2023 at 18:51

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2023 at 18:51
We usually do the coast road on the way up, making a day of it. Then use the inland road on the way back.
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