2020 The COVID-19 staycation year travel blog


Bloomfield Falls at Wugal Wugal

Dan makes a friend


Our donga for the night

Black Mountain

We drove the Bloomfield track again, which is officially one of Australia’s top 10 most scenic drives. It begins at Cape Tribulation and winds its way north through the Daintree Rainforest, crossing many creeks in the process; then it ends at the aboriginal community Wujal Wujal.

It passes over the Donovan and Cowie Ranges. To reduce the environment impact the road was designed with few switchbacks and bends on the climbs resulting in patches of steep gradients of 31 over the ranges.The track itself is 38 km in length.

At Wujal Wujal we noticed that a lot of money has been spent in upgrading everyone's driveways since our last visit in 2018.

We walked out to Bloomfield Falls which are always impressive. The humpy that we saw last time was only a few sticks on the ground this time.

We were booked in to the Lions Den Hotel in Rossville but actually headed out to Cooktown for the sunset and then dinner at Jacky Jacky Thai.

Cooktown is where Lt James Cook found safe haven in 1770 to repair the Endeavour.

On the drive back to our donga we stopped at Black Mountain and opened our sun roof to gaze at the stars, the night sky was stunning, the milkyway was very clear and the stars were ever so very bright.

The Lions Den Hotel, was established in 1875 and is a landmark hotel made of timber and iron, famous for its quirky decorations and walls adorned with visitor’s signatures. Set on the banks of the Little Annan River. We paid $80 for the pleasure of spending a night in a donga and one night was more than enough.

In the pub we noticed the locals had a very limited vocabulary which seemed to involve using swear words in every single sentence. Every single sentence... and boy was it colourful.

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