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Friday, July 5, 2013

BOUNCING ALONG THE BLOOMFIELD TRACK

After leaving Cairns our first night was spent at the Heritage Lodge and Spa at Diwan near Cape Tribulation. We fell a sleep in our comfortable cabins surrounded by dense jungle and the chorus of the frogs.
Our friends, Ann and George out side their cabin on the way to breakfast.
Breakfast in the jungle.
It was amazing to find such a comfortable resort in the middle of nowhere.

 After breakfast we went for a short walk to the creek. I just loved these big palms (and TOH) .







It was so pristine, soft underfoot with occasional drops of water from the canopy. I only had my phone with me at breakfast so it was hard to capture the amazing beauty of this place. I could have easily stayed longer here and forget the rest of the world exists.
 We came to the creek with crystal clear water babbling over the rounded pebbles. In the wet season this is a raging torrent. Too soon we were waving goodbye to the wonderful host and we were on our way to Cape Tribulation.

 We pulled into a carpark in the forest and our driver/guide led us down a path through the rainforest right onto .........

 the beach. I had never experienced that before, where you can walk out of a thick jungle right onto the beach. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

 No buildings or signs of civilisation, just pure nature. It is part of the heritage listed Daintree Forest. We walked along the beach to Cape tribulation, named by Captain Cook in 1770. After he discovered the east coast of Australia near Sydney he then followed the coast northwards but he hit a reef and holed his ship the 'Endeavour.' This is where his troubles started, hence the name. The reef prevents a big surf so there is no surfing here. Other reasons prevent you from swimming too: deadly stingers and crocodiles. We were warned to be on constant lookout for crocs.

 Just before the headland this stream enters the sea. So pretty and picturesque. 

Then we headed back to our 4 wheel drive small bus and commenced an unbelievable adventure on the famous Bloomfield Track. The Bloomfield Track is a very narrow, steep, rough dirt road that follows the coast to Cooktown. It is an alternative route from the main road going north further inland. It is closed in the wet season and only open to four wheel drive vehicles in the dry season.
I made a mistake in my last post it was this road that was the scene of conflict when it was constructed not the one from Cairns to here.  Fanatical greenies chained themselves to a tree in front of the bulldozers in protest against the road destroying trees in this ancient forest. However, the road went ahead. The road makers split the road around the tree and left the protesters there. Today the road is still split around the famous tree. 
The Bloomfield Track crosses many creeks and rivers. There are no bridges. I took this out of the window as the driver attempts to navigate the crossing hoping not to fall into big holes.

We rocked from side to side and bounced up and down it was hard to keep the camera still to get a shot in focus as we went through the creek. Then we would climb up steep hills as we criss-crossed the Great Dividing Range. Sometimes we were teetering on the side of a hill looking down into a gully way below. Scary but fun. Next stop was the aboriginal settlement of Wujul Wujul and the Bloomfield Falls.

33 comments:

  1. Oh I would love to be bouncing around here incredible place incredible photos. To sleep in the jungle and only hear the frogs would be magnificent. B

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  2. wow, what's a fantastic tour, again! i would love this fantastic and clam destinations. all pictures just amazing but beach looking sheer beautiful and attracts to visit. thanks for sharing your lovely trip.

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  3. I would LOVE to sleep there! Amid all the frogs and crickets noise. That sound is so relaxing to me.

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  4. i was getting all excited about the jungle to the beach until i read about the crocodiles. yikes. that jungle cabin is my kind of place. i would be happy just sitting on the porch or wandering...

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  5. An amazing tour, love to follow you here.The step from the rainforest to the beach is so wonderful. This must have been the same as when Australia was explored by people with their ships from far away. Those must have been exciting times those days, not to know what to expect to see and the first foreigner to be there.

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  6. the rain forest is really lush, the beach is gorgeous! the crocs.... hmmm...

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  7. Wow, gorgeous views of the rainforest and the ocean! What a cool tour! Besides the frogs I am sure there are a ton of birds there! My kind of place! Awesome photos!

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  8. To sleep in the rainforest with the frog chorus -- wow, amazing. What a trip!

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  9. Love that beach where you walk right out of the jungle. How awesome! Also what a great place to eat your breakfast. Looks like such a great trip

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  10. The Lodge looks like a destination in itself.

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  11. well I'd love to stay there too Diane but when you mentioned crocs ....enjoyed your photos; what a wonderful journey you did

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  12. That beach is just gorgeous ... makes me want to put on my sneakers and walk for miles.

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  13. Oh WOW.... Love that jungle... I could 'live' there... The beach was beautiful also... We LOVE finding places WAY back in the mountains ---or anywhere FAR away from civilization.. That's nature at its best...

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  14. Wow what bloody awesome photos, it really looks like you had a bloody great time.

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  15. This is where our ways depart for a little bit. We did the boardwalk out to the beach but didn't follow the Bloomfield Track. Even though we have a 4WD when towing a van and trying to stay in mobile range most of the time it wasn't a goer. We took the inland road to Cooktown.

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  16. A great adventure through this magnificent paradise. Love the jungle with all these gorgeous plants and love the beach. When I visit Australia this would be one of my favourites to visit

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  17. Oh it brings it all back Diane. We too had the absolute pleasure to be there many years ago. I can feel the warmth, smell the fresh rainforest smells and re-live the thrill of seeing such beautiful country. Keep a watch out for those magnificent butterflies too.
    Keep enjoying yourselves and I love your photos too.
    Cheers :D)

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  18. I could have spent days exploring around your jungle cabins, such fresh beauty. Shame about the crocs, otherwise the beachside would be a wonderful place to relax and explore too.

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  19. Brings back lots of memories! Lovely images, watch out for Stinging Trees!

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  20. What a wonderful trip Diane, enjoyed last post very much also..ooo that was a big croc, was relieved to hear you weren't too close :) Cairns is so tropical, it's been such a long time since we were there, nice to see again.

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  21. P.s. I thought Lorikeets were nectar eaters also, but there they were thoroughly enjoying the sunflower seeds:)

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  22. I came over from Marja's blog!
    Gosh, what wonderful photos!
    I so want to visit Australia!

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  23. What an amazing place. Oh, I really must head to your part of the world, it certainly looks wonderful. And I just love the name - Cape Tribulation

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  24. Thanks for showing us parts of Daintree forest that we never got to see in our one day trip. It is such a beautiful area and this brings back memories of a wonderful holiday. Have a good week, Diane

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  25. I often come by to take a second look at your posts, but I came back today to thank you for your kind comments wishing me a happy birthday and wishing Gregg a happy retirement. We have often talked about coming to Australia, so you never know :) Wishing you a great week.
    Denise
    An English Girl Rambles

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  26. Wonderful post! I know I have seen it before but I also see I forgot to leave you a comment. What a dilly I am but we were so busy over the last few days I didn't know whether I was coming or going ;)

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  27. Only nature ! what a paradise !

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  28. What a marvelous adventure! I would truly love to visit this resort and drive along the Bloomfield Track. Your picture of the beach after walking through the jungle is gorgeous.

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  29. Amazing! We've taken some Jeep tours (with guides and with our jeeping son) but this sounds even more jeepy (bouncy, scary, whatever). I love seeing country like that though, but yeah, it's hard to get drive-by pictures. I'm glad you stopped often enough. Fabulous the way you came onto the beach from the jungle (and your pictures are posted beautifully so that I got the feeling of what it would ge like!) Very nice post.

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  30. Diane, what a beautiful adventure. Thanks for all the great photos, and history about the area. I love the rainforest and I can imagine how enchanted you were. I have never been so far up, but I would love to see it. What travel company did you use?

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  31. This looks like an amazing adventure, Diane! Australia has such diverse topography. The rain forest looked so dense but beautiful. Did you see nay orchids? I would love exploring a place like this. I would feel like Robinson Crusoe!

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  32. Really beautiful!! Glad you didn't run into any crocodiles, or fall into any deep holes in the river crossings.

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