Bloomfield River

The Bloomfield River is a river located in the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland, Australia, noted for its Bloomfield River cod fish species, found only in the river.

The Bloomfield River
Location of Bloomfield River river mouth in Queensland
RegionFar North Queensland, Wet Tropics of Queensland
Physical characteristics
SourceGreat Dividing Range
  locationbelow Zig Zag
  coordinates15°59′33″S 145°17′12″E
  elevation174 m (571 ft)
MouthWeary Bay, Coral Sea
near Ayton
15°55′07″S 145°22′01″E
0 m (0 ft)
Length18 km (11 mi)
Basin features
Conservation parkBloomfield River Regional Park

Course and features

The river rises in the Great Dividing Range below Zig Zag and southeast of Wujal Wujal. The river flows generally east by north before reaching its mouth and emptying into Weary Bay in the Coral Sea near the settlement of Ayton, north of Daintree. The river enters the Coral Sea north of Cape Tribulation. The river estuary is in near pristine conditions.[2]

In 2014 the Australian and Queensland governments completed a A$21 million bridge across the river, called the Bobby and Jacky Ball Bloomfield River Bridge. The bridge was named after two respected elders, brother Bobby and Jacky Ball. The land where the bridge was constructed and south to Degarra is their traditional country. The Ball brothers are the eldest remaining sons of their family. During the construction of the bridge, they would visit the site daily. They walk from the Wujal Wujal Shire to Degarra each day to visit a river fishing spot.[3]


The river was originally named Blomfield's Rivulet by Phillip Parker King on 26 June 1818.[4]

Fishery controls and environmental issues

It is prohibited to catch the Bloomfield river cod in Queensland.[5]

The controversial Bloomfield Track which connects Cape Tribulation with Cooktown crosses the Bloomfield River. This crossing was closed in February 2011 by the Cairns Regional Council after flooding destroyed the causeway. A passenger-only ferry service was in place until a four-wheel drive only temporary crossing opened in May 2011.[6] Construction of an all weather bridge began in October 2013 and was completed April 2014. A bridge over Woobada creek was completed late 2014. Douglas Shire Council maintains the Bloomfield Track.


Kuku Yalanji (also known as Gugu Yalanji, Kuku Yalaja, and Kuku Yelandji) is an Australian Aboriginal language of the Mossman and Daintree areas of North Queensland. The language region includes areas within the local government area of Shire of Douglas and Shire of Cook, particularly the localities of Mossman, Daintree, Bloomfield River, China Camp, Maytown, Palmer, Cape Tribulation and Wujal Wujal.[7]

Yalanji (also known as Kuku Yalanji, Kuku Yalaja, Kuku Yelandji, and Gugu Yalanji) is an Australian Aboriginal language of Far North Queensland. The traditional language region is Mossman River in the south to the Annan River in the north, bordered by the Pacific Ocean in the east and extending inland to west of Mount Mulgrave. This includes the local government boundaries of the Shire of Douglas, the Shire of Cook and the Aboriginal Shire of Wujal Wujal and the towns and localities of Cooktown, Mossman, Daintree, Cape Tribulation and Wujal Wujal. It includes the head of the Palmer River, the Bloomfield River, China Camp, Maytown, and Palmerville.[8]

See also


  1. "Map of Bloomfield (Banner Yearie) River, QLD". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  2. "Estuary Assessment 2000: Bloomfield River". Australian Natural Resource Atlas. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  3. Entsch, Warren (3 October 2014). "Traffic flows over new Bobby & Jacky Ball Bloomfield River Bridge" (Press release). The Hon. Warren Entsch MP. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  4. "The Narrative of a Survey, Vol. I."
  5. "Bloomfield river cod". Fisheries: Species identification: Freshwater fish. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government. 31 August 2012. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  6. Jensen, Nikki (25 May 2011). "Bloomfield Crossing Reignites Tourism". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  7. This Wikipedia article incorporates CC-BY-4.0 licensed text from: "Kuku Yalanji". Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages map. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  8. This Wikipedia article incorporates CC-BY-4.0 licensed text from: "Yalanji". Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages map. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
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