Cairns Unlimited hits the Bloomfield Track

It’s been eight months since Maria and I had a night off, so we reckoned we were well due for a break. Our friends Eddie and Julie were visiting from Brisbane and that was all the excuse we needed. North of Cape Tribulation, there’s a 4WD track called the Bloomfield Track, which runs all the way to Cooktown. I had been keen to explore the Bloomfield Track for some time now.

Last week, it was finally my chance. We four bundled into our brand new (rented) Toyota Rav4 and hit the road Wednesday morning. Didn’t think you could drive a rental car on the Bloomfield Track? Well, you haven’t been paying attention to our Cairns car hire page…

 After stopping for a coffee and a muffin in our favourite Port Douglas cafe, it was north to the Daintree River. Crossing the mighty Daintree by ferry always gives you the feeling of isolation; like you’ve travelled so far that there’s not even bridges over rivers any more. But in fact, it’s little more than ninety minutes from Cairns.

Once across the Daintree, we soon found ourseoves at our accommodation for the night, Crocodylus Village Resort at Cow Bay. There were no double rooms left, but we were offered an unbeatable deal on two adjacent dorm rooms, each wioth two double bunks. The accommodation was basic - shared bathrooms nearby - but sufficient. And it was quite an experience, sleeping in a cabin in the middle of the lush rainforest, woken by the early morning call of the Daintree Rainforest birdlife.

Crocodylus is well equipped with a cozy bar, onsite restaurant and spacious undercover dining area. We all enjoyed our dinner and were ready for an early night after a few glasses of red wine.

After a hearty breakfast we wasted no time getting to the end of the sealed road at Cape Tribulation, and slowed our pace for the famous Bloomfield Track. I won’t go into great detail here, but instead will use this as an excuse to introduce a new website which we are building, specifically devoted to The Bloomfield Track. For now, you’ll just have to make do with a few photos from the journey…

 

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