Cairns to Cooktown

The Coast Road and Bloomfield Track – Cairns to Cooktown, Queensland, Australia

The Coast Road runs from Cairns to Cooktown through the pristine Daintree rainforest. As drives go the Coast Road is off the scale. You can look forward to river crossings and picturesque waterways, magnificent beaches & rugged mountains. You can also look forward to getting stuck if you don’t have a 4WD as the bitumen ends at Cape Tribulation.

On route:

Bloomfield Falls and Track

• Bloomfield Falls, a place of particular cultural significance to the Kuku Yalanji people.
• Bloomfield Track, built to connect Bloomfield to Cape Tribulation and the scene of a major confrontation with conservationists in the 1980’s. Much tree hugging and chain saw yielding. (see listing no. 21)

Woobadda Creek,South Cowie Beach and Emmagen Creek.

• Woobadda Creek, which has a swimming hole upstream and the beautiful, and remote South Cowie Beach.
• Emmagen Creek. This is also popular, beautiful and a great photo stop. Take the track upstream (not down) on the south side of the creek for swimming holes.

Cape Tribulation Beach and Daintree Coast, River and Rainforest

• Cape Tribulation Beach, the ultimate ‘where rainforest meets the reef’ tropical beach.
• Daintree Rainforest via the Dubuji boardwalk.
• Swim in Myall Creek.
• Thornton Beach.
• Cow Bay (home of the Croodillus Hostel).
• Daintree Discovery Centre boardwalks, Aerial Walkway and Canopy Tower to get a birds view of the Daintree.
• Daintree River car ferry. There is no bridge, just crocs.

Bloomfield Track, North of Cape Tribulation

The Bloomfield Track is a 4WD dirt track through the Daintree Rainforest just north of Cape Tribulation. The track traverses several creeks, river crossings and has some steep climbs and descents.

The Bloomfield Track

The Bloomfield Track is many kilometres of rugged terrain and magnificent scenery in a remote wilderness region.

Bloomfield River

The track runs unsurprisingly to the Bloomfield River, through to Wujal Wujal and Bloomfield. You can continue on to the unspoiled and under-developed Cooktown.


It is possible to self 4WD but driving a vehicle in rough terrain takes a great deal of attention. You risk missing out on experiencing the surrounding scenery or getting stuck. If do get into trouble may become over familiar with just one small section of the track. Let someone else drive.

Bloomfield Rainforest

Sometimes the picture just speaks for itself.

Bloomfield Rainforest - Cairns to Cooktown
Blooming Lovely!

Bloomfield Rainforest,

Travel through the sugar cane and pineapple plantations toward the Daintree River.

Daintree River Cruise

The cruise will take you though areas where the rainforest meets the sea and where crocodiles can normally be seen basking on the muddy banks.

Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation

You enter the Daintree Rainforest making on your way to Cape Tribulation where you can stroll through the Rainforest to the shores of the Coral Sea. From here you can view the bay against the backdrop of the dense Rainforest.

Bloomfield Track

One of the places to explore along Bloomfield Track is Woobadda Creek. For the other delights from Cairns to Cooktown follow the link below:

Bloomfield Track

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