Road is easier than some people make it sound.
It is the
southern part of the coastal road between Cape Tribulation
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
unsealed, but it's not like a bumpy old four wheel drive track.
more like a gravel road, but that said, it's not boring, it's quite
steep, and definitely worth your time.
just north of Cape Tribulation, where it first crosses a few
shallow creeks as it passes through Daintree
is surrounded by lush
tropical rainforest, which it does the
most of the time.
Then the road
starts to climb
up to the mountain range.
few times and it's quite
steep in places.
to use your four wheel
drive gears to maintain traction.
range, the road flattens again before you come to Bloomfield River
crossing. It can look like this:
Or, it may look like this:
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 -
Bridge is now ready!).
Wujal is an Aboriginal community south of Cooktown.
the Bloomfield River
Mission, it is in the
northern end of Bloomfield Road, south of the small township
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.
you have driven through the community of Wujal Wujal (if you came from Cooktown
the north), you come to the Bloomfield River crossing.
have to cross
to continue to Bloomfield
this 50 pages
guide totally for FREE.
contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip.
You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you
should take, how to get
there and get
to stay (general info), what
will it cost..
and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.
This complete 300 pages
travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the
background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all
the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact
detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks,
at least 30 guaranteed FREE
camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to
the Cape), at least 40 best
swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things -
from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception,
how to deal with the national
parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits
and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery
gear by my vehicle-recovery-guy partner).
Not to mention locals'
tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)
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