It was originally named "Blomfield's Rivulet" on 26 June 1818 by Phillip Parker King It is prohibited to catch the Bloomfield river cod in Queensland.
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. Construction of an all weather bridge began in October 2013 and was completed April 2014. A Bridge over Woobada creek is to be completed late 2014. Douglas shire council maintains the Bloomfield track so as to be safe for public use.