The Bump Track
The ‘Bump Track’ – strange name with quite a history and is believed to have originally been an aboriginal trail connecting the coastal plain to the tablelands and was discovered by white man when a more assessable route was required for goods and services to the newly discovered Hodgkinson Goldfields to the west and was the catalyst that led to the creation of Port Douglas in 1877 when traders from the Port of Cooktown quickly relocated to continue servicing the mineral fields. Bullock and pack horse teams laboured up and down the steep track until an alternative way was offered in 1891 in the form of a railway that was constructed through the Barron Gorge to Trinity Inlet that we now know as Cairns. That Railway is now a popular tourist attraction called the Kuranda Scenic Rail. The track was then utilised to service the telephone line and was mined during WW2 to hinder the progress of any invaders.
The Bump Track today
No matter what, if you want to travel west of the Cairns Coastal Plain, you have to climb the coastal range and all roads are windy and steep. The Bump Track is now a popular 6kms horse riding, mountain bike and walking track down the range behind Port Douglas and I find it amazing that this historic track remains in use. Although I often refer to the Bump Track during my tours, I have never walked it and very much look forward to the adventure so that I can share the experience of those early travellers. From all the reading I have done, it appears to have spectacular views and passes through eucalypt and rainforest with a chance of spotting a Cassowary. The track is quite steep at parts with Stinging trees being an obvious hazard if you wonder off. Although it is recommended you allow 5hours for a return walk, it takes just 5 minutes for an experienced mountain bike rider to ride down the track. Cars and motors bikes are prohibited.
More information at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtMQ6TztxKk
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