Bloomfield Track

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesCape Tribulation
FinishAyton
DifficultyDifficulty 2/5
Suitable for4WD Camper 
Distance45.25 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed29.71 km/hr
Driving Time1 hr 31 mins
Page Updated: 10 Jun 2016

Description

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.

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Environment

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.

History

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.

Preparation

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol Fuel is also available at Cooktown and to the South at Wonga Beach and Mossman. Fuel is available at Bloomfield on Saturday’s and Sunday’s only but you will need to check for opening hours.
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 6 litres4cyl 7 litres4cyl 9 litres
6cyl 7 litres6cyl 8 litres6cyl 8 litres
8cyl 7 litres8cyl 8 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Low Isles Lighthouse
Distance from Trek Mid Point 45.6km S
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C32.231.730.829.427.625.925.526.728.530.431.732.3
Mean Min. °C25.525.525.124.122.821.220.420.721.923.224.525.3
Mean Rain mm401.3418.9435.8230.798.862.335.637.236.945.591.1210.0
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

Supplies are also available at Cooktown and to the South at Wonga Beach and Mossman.

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Cape Tribulation to Emmagen Creek, Bloomfield Track5.53 kmN341° 9 min
Emmagen Creek, Bloomfield Track to Tachalbadga Creek, Bloomfield Track1.99 kmNW321° 3 min
Tachalbadga Creek, Bloomfield Track to Donovan Creek, Bloomfield Track1.42 kmN2 min
Donovan Creek, Bloomfield Track to Donovan Range - Bloomfield Track0.5 kmN1 min
Donovan Range - Bloomfield Track to Waterhole Crossing1.57 kmNW310° 3 min
Waterhole Crossing to Collins Creek, Bloomfield Track1.84 kmNW321° 4 min
Collins Creek, Bloomfield Track to Cowie Range, Bloomfield Track1.64 kmNW320° 3 min
Cowie Range, Bloomfield Track to Mellelee Creek, Bloomfield Track4.24 kmNW300° 8 min
Mellelee Creek, Bloomfield Track to Woobadda Creek, Bloomfield Track3.38 kmW280° 5 min
Woobadda Creek, Bloomfield Track to Bloomfield Track -the Switchback2.1 kmNW297° 4 min
Bloomfield Track -the Switchback to Luana Creek, Bloomfield Track0.94 kmSW229° 3 min
Luana Creek, Bloomfield Track to Degarra2.37 kmNW309° 4 min
Degarra to Bloomfield Crossing6.15 kmW279° 12 min
Bloomfield Crossing to Bloomfield Falls1.81 kmS179° 4 min
Bloomfield Falls to Bloomfield Crossing1.81 kmN359° 4 min
Bloomfield Crossing to Wujal Wujal0.48 kmN352°
Wujal Wujal to The Horse Crossing3.96 kmE94° 5 min
The Horse Crossing to Ayton3.53 kmNE33° 8 min
Cape Tribulation to Ayton45.25 km  1 hr 31 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.

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