Track reaches out to tourists
A Bloomfield Track wildneress experience for visitors has been talked about for years, and now there is project to bring the idea to fruition.
Tour operators and other stakeholders have envisaged a trail through the area, guided by signage and other infrastructure, including wi-fi, to enhance and enrich the visit for tourists.
The project is a collaboration coordinated by Douglas Shire Council and supported by the Wet Tropics Management Authority.
Tapping into the resources and knowledge of Council, WTMA, Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, Tourism Port Douglas Daintree, the Douglas Shire Historical Society and local tourism operators, the project has developed an e-book and associated road markers to promote the Bloomfield Track as a wilderness drive experience.
The e-book provides visitors with a greater understanding of the Indigenous values and cultural history of the area as well as the natural assets along the 33km track, including an introduction to the area’s plants and animals.
Mayor Julia Leu said Council has contributed $10,000 to the project and WTMA committed $15,000 on top of the significant resources provided by all stakeholders.
“The project has provided an opportunity for many organisations to collaborate and produce an interpretive product that is innovative in the way it shares and delivers information,” Mayor Leu said.
“Along with audios of wildlife calls that accompany text and images of the area, sec- tions of the e-book are narrated to enable the listener to gain the most from their journey.
“Also through audio, Traditional Owners share their stories about the significance of parts of the track.
“Queensland Parks and Wildlife are assisting Council officers explore ways to provide wifi effectively at the newly-developed Daintree Gateway so that visitors can download the e-book prior to crossing the Daintree River by ferry.
“The e-book narrative guide commences at Cape Tribulation with posts marked along the 33km of track to Bloomfield Falls corresponding to commentary and script.
“I’m delighted we have been able to finally deliver on what is a very important community and economic development initiative.”
WTMA program manager Paul Chantrill said the project was an example of what can be achieved through collaboration.
“The project was borne out of consultation with those in tourism in the Daintree tourism industry who noted the opportunity to improve the visitor experience as they travel along the Bloomfield Track,” Mr Chantrill said.
“It is important stakeholders work together to support this rich and interesting part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in a culturally and environmentally sensitive manner.
“The project puts the destination and its visitors first and foremost and we’re very proud of the outcome.”
Details on the official launch of the Bloomfield Track wilderness experience will be released in the coming weeks.
Bloomfield Track material to help visitors appreciate the sights