Bloomfield Road

Bloomfield Road is easier than some people make it sound.

It is the southern part of the coastal road between Cape Tribulation and Cooktown.

The coastal road is known as the harder road to Cooktown - compared to the inland road - which it is, but only because the inland road is sealed all the way, and broad as any other highway.

The coastal road is sealed between Cooktown and Wujal Wujal, but not between Wujal Wujal and Cape Tribulation, and that's the stretch we are talking about.

It is unsealed, but it's not like a bumpy old four wheel drive track. It is more like a gravel road, but that said, it's not boring, it's quite steep, and definitely worth your time.

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It starts just north of Cape Tribulation, where it first crosses a few shallow creeks as it passes through Daintree National Park.

creek crossing

The road is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, which it does the most of the time.

bloomfield road

Then the road starts to climb up to the mountain range.

bloomfield road creek

Up and down a few times and it's quite steep in places.

bloomfield road steep

You may want to use your four wheel drive gears to maintain traction.

bloomfield road views

After the range, the road flattens again before you come to Bloomfield River crossing. It can look like this:

bloomfield river crossing

Or, it may look like this:

bloomfield river crossing

After the crossing you are in the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal. UPDATE - Since August 2014 there is now a bridge (and a second one being built at the next crossing south. UPDATE - even that one, Woobooda Bridge is now ready!).

bloomfield river bridge

Wujal Wujal

Wujal Wujal is an Aboriginal community south of Cooktown.

wujal wujal shire

Formerly the Bloomfield River Mission, it is in the northern end of Bloomfield Road, south of the small township Ayton.

wujal wujal

It is a community of about 300+ Indigenous people and there is a cultural and arts centre, a cafe, a service station and a general store.

wujal wujal

After you have driven through the community of Wujal Wujal (if you came from Cooktown in the north), you come to the Bloomfield River crossing.

bana yirriji

This is where you have to cross the river to continue to Bloomfield Road.

wujal wujal arts centre

(Continue past the cafe first and visit the beautiful Bloomfield Falls!).

wujal wujal cafe

This crossing can be very different depending on the tide - at the high tide the causeway is under the water.

bloomfield river causeway

UPDATE - There is now a bridge there, since August 2014, so the crossing is no longer tidal.

bloomfield river bridge

Bloomfield Falls

Bloomfield Falls are beautiful. They are one of the great Cape York waterfalls that are worth visiting if you are in the area.

They are in the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal, in the northern end of Bloomfield Road, and in the southern end of the Rossville to Bloomfield Road.

If you are coming from the south, turn left after crossing the Bloomfield River. If you are coming from the north, keep driving past the Bloomfield River crossing without turning left.

bloomfield falls wujal wujal

You come to a small car park and a picnic table.

bloomfield falls walk

Then you have a track which is short but quite rocky (if my mum could do it, you can :-)

bloomfield falls swimming hole

In the end of that track you come t
o a nice swimming hole.

bloomfield falls australia

And in the end of the swimming hole you can see the falls, and you can walk closer to them.

bloomfield falls

It is best to come here in the morning, or else you have the sun shining into your camera in case you want to take photos.

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