I first traveled the Bloomfield track in the 90’s and can remember how challenging it was back then.
Since those early days, I have traversed the track numerous times and have seen many improvements with two bridges currently (2013) being constructed that should make the track trafficable (by 4WD) for most of the year.
The Creation of the Bloomfield Track
The Bloomfield Track (also known as the coast road to Cooktown) was pushed through the fragile untouched wilderness
region north of Cape Tribulation in 1984 and connects the aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal (a former aboriginal mission called Bloomfield) to Cape Tribulation. The track is surrounded by mountains and deep valleys and combined with the climatic conditions of the area, streams are prone to quickly rise with little warning due to the 1,000 meter high mountain ranges around the catchment and the influence of the cyclonic forces in the adjacent Coral Sea. To avoid environmental impact, the 30 km track was constructed with few switchbacks and bends on the steep sections resulting in the need for specialised vehicles to traverse the road, especially in wet weather. Sightings of Cassowary’s and Crocodiles are common and a variety of Ecosystems are experienced along the way.
At the time its construction the track was controversial and inspired protests and blockades by environmentalists who felt that it would bring unwanted development and put the area at risk. The blockades drew national and international attention to the area resulting in the area being declared a World Heritage site after a battle in the High Court of Australia.
More information can be found at http://www.thebloomfieldtrack.com/
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