This is why we needed an ‘All Weather’ crossing at the Bloomfield. 150-200mm of rain fell in the Bloomfield River catchment on Tuesday night. The result is a community split in two, with many people unable to reach the business centre, and cut-off in both directions. In comparison, this was the crossing a few weeks back. As you can see, that prime mover would have been engulfed.
When the Bloomfield floods like this, South side residents have the option of a ‘ferry’. A large tinnie with a high Horsepower motor that can take 4 at a time I think. The Bloomfield River is considered a ‘road’ around here. Many residents use boats to cross the river to get to the main community, as it is often a shorter trip than driving around to the crossing. So, it looks like the bridge will be finished (in my guess) by May/June. The road from the Mulligan Highway is pretty chopped up, so I think they’ll get a road crew in before they bring too many more spans down. Some of the potholes are a metre and a half across and between 10 and 20 centimetres deep. In places they are unavoidable, so you have to slow to a crawl and gently walk your vehicle through them. In other places, Red soil on hills turn to bog holes, and are as slick as grease.
But, when all is calm and serene, the place is stunning. Wujal Wujal, Degarra, Bloomfield and Ayton are at the top end of the Bloomfield Track. Roughly 40km North of Cape Tribulation and 75km by road (a mix of tar and dirt surfaces) to the South of Cooktown, in Far North Queensland. The communities are surrounded by World Heritage rainforest, with some of the most beautiful wild river systems in the country.