The Bloomfield River
|Regions||Far North Queensland, Wet Tropics of Queensland|
|Source||Great Dividing Range|
|- location||below Zig Zag|
|- elevation||174 m (571 ft)|
|Mouth||Weary Bay, Coral Sea|
|- location||near Ayton|
|- elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Length||18 km (11 mi)|
|Conservation park||Bloomfield River Regional Park|
|Wikimedia Commons: Bloomfield River|
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.
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.
Fishery controls and environmental issues
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 was completed late 2014. Douglas Shire Council maintains the Bloomfield Track.
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- "Estuary Assessment 2000: Bloomfield River". Australian Natural Resource Atlas. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
- Entsch, Warren (3 October 2014). "Traffic flows over new Bobby & Jacky Ball Bloomfield River Bridge" (Press release). The Hon. Warren Entsch MP. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- The Narrative of a Survey, Vol. I.
- "Bloomfield river cod". Fisheries: Species identification: Freshwater fish. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
- Jensen, Nikki (25 May 2011). "Bloomfield Crossing Reignites Tourism". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
- Media related to Bloomfield River at Wikimedia Commons
- "Bloomfield River environmental values and water quality objectives: Basin No. 108 (part), including all tributaries of the river" (PDF). Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009. Department of Environment and Resource Management , Queensland Government. July 2010.
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