Bloomfield Track

Submitted: Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 14:51
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Had a great weekend doing the loop from cairns to Cooktown. Started on the Friday on the inland route, the scenery is just outstanding and an easy drive up. Stayed at the Lions Den in there safari tents, well worth a stop over and great pizzas, little annan river had plenty of water which was great for the kids.
Had a day in Cooktown, found it a bit ordinary but the museum is worth a visit.
Sunday we came home via the track, water water everywhere, crystal clear creeks, waterfalls, an absolute pristine environment. The Bloomfield crossing was nerve racking plenty of water flowing, and there was one creek crossing that was a metre deep, plenty of steep slippery hills. Now is definitely the time to go, it was a great weekend.
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 16:44

Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 16:44
Glad you had a good time, been thinking of doing the same trip easter or just after.

Was there much traffic? We like to try to avoid the crowds.
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Follow Up By: Member - Richo (FNQ) - Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 16:57

Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 16:57
Seen about 4 cars from Mt Carbine going up, no one around Cooktown, had the Lions Den camping area to ourselves and seen 4 cars on the track coming home. We are going to go again after easter because it was so good and while there is plenty of water around.
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Follow Up By: Member - Richo (FNQ) - Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 17:11

Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 17:11
Have just loaded some photos on our website.
www.newto.bigpondhosting.com
Look in photos under Lions Den weekend
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Follow Up By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 17:16

Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 17:16
Good pics, thanks for sharing them.

A bit of water sure does keep the crowds away.
Bloomfield looks an awesome crossing.
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Follow Up By: Member - Richo (FNQ) - Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 17:20

Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 17:20
If we went the day before we would not of been able to get across
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Reply By: On Patrol (Aust.) - Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 19:03

Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 19:03
Hi, Richo (FNQ)
Is the wet season near its end now or can we expect more over the next month, reason being, I'm coming up in mid May and concerned as to road closures impeding my trip to the Cape.

In your opinion is mid May too early? I understand that a cyclone or tropical low could change everything, I am just trying to understand what normally happens up there at this time of year mate. Your reply or that of locals would mean a lot to me, thanks, Colin.
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 20:17

Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 20:17
Colin
May would normally be a good time to go, We usually do our annual trip to Mapoon in May and so far no probs, but you are right in saying a cyclone could change all that, had one in May last year (Monica) so just keep an eye on weather forecasts but I would still plan for May and enjoy
Cheers Ray (Townsville)
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Follow Up By: On Patrol (Aust.) - Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 20:45

Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 20:45
Poppy
I am so looking forward to this trip mate, I don't think a cyclone could even stop me.

We (total 3 cars) have a plan "B" but that's an absolute last resort.

Thanks for your confirmation Ray.
Colin.
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Follow Up By: Member - Richo (FNQ) - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007 at 08:52

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007 at 08:52
Colin
The road up to the cape is closed at the moment and there was plenty of rain on Saturday. The rain is slowing down, not as heavy as it has been of late. You will be fine in May. We have had rain nearly every week since the last cyclone and the country is so lush and green, it is a magnificient site. Your trip will be something to remember.
Richo
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Follow Up By: On Patrol (Aust.) - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007 at 19:48

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007 at 19:48
Richo,
I sure hope you are right mate, and feel what you say is true.

We are sooooo motivated to make this trip special, that I am sure we will remember it for all the right reasons. I sound's delightful from your description.

NSW has had rain over the last few weeks but it has had little affect on the dam levels (4% or so) so lush is great mate. It will be a novel concept crossing creeks with water in them again, at last.

Thank you so much for your reply mate.
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