The Bloomfield Track

A tropical coastal drive amongst pristine waterways, sun-bleached beaches and majestic mountains makes this officially one of Australia’s top 10 most scenic drives.

Cairns, Port Douglas, CapeTribulation, Bloomfield Track, Cooktown




Distance  256 kilometres 
Travel time  6 hours 15 minutes
Time of year to go  May to October
Vehicle type  4WD (no trailers or caravans)
Best bakery  Meldrum's Pies in Paradise, Cairns
Highlights  The challenging Bloomfield Track.
RACQ safety tip  Check Queensland weather and road conditions throughout the trip.

Cairns to Port Douglas, 67.5km

 (via Captain Cook Hwy/State Route 44)

This epic drive begins heading north from Cairns along the Captain Cook Highway which hugs the coast, passing through a succession of irresistible beaches: Holloways, Yorkey’s Knob, Trinity and Ellis. Each has something special to offer. Next up, catch an amazing panorama of the sparkling Coral Sea from Rex Lookout. Then, turn off to Port Douglas, where chic art galleries, swanky restaurants and atmospheric bars await your arrival. Stroll the white sands of Four Mile Beach and climb Flagstaff Hill for striking views over the town. Must see destinations.  

Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation, 85km

(via Mossman Daintree Rd and Cape Tribulation Rd)

On your way to the cable-operated Daintree Ferry and access to the acclaimed Daintree World Heritage National Park check out the bucolic but charming sugar town of Mossman and spectacular Mossman Gorge. Heading to Cow Bay and Thornton Beach, the road meanders through fruit farms and cattle properties until Cape Tribulation looms into view.

Cape Tribulation to Bloomfield Track, 38km

(via Cape Tribulation Bloomfield Rd)

Beyond Cape Tribulation lies Emmagen Creek, a popular picnic spot, where the Bloomfield Track and your off-roading adventure begins. Challenging ascents and descents, lush rainforest, a succession of water crossings – it has this and much more. The local Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal marks the end of the track, but before leaving, grab a souvenir at the cultural centre.

Bloomfield Track to Cooktown, 65km

(via State Route 40)

Now back on bitumen, some 40km on is the Lions Den Hotel, circa 1875.  Drop in and enjoy the true-blue, Aussie country pub atmosphere. Cooktown – named after Captain James Cook who stopped here to repair his ship, the Endeavour, after running aground at Cape Tribulation – is the end of the journey. Some beautiful old buildings punctuate its main street, along with memorials to the good Captain and his ship. Why not stay awhile?

Images by Tourism and Events Queensland.


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