The Bump Track from Connolly Road

3 h 45 min to 6 h

2 h to 3 h 15 min

12 km

↑ 474 m
↓ -474 m

Hard track
Starting from Connolly Road, Mowbray, this return walk takes you through the rainforests and dry eucalypt woodlands of Mowbray National Park via the historic Bump Track, crossing Robbins Creek along the way. Created by Christie Palmerston(a pathfinder of the time) in April 1877, The Bump Track priorly was an Aboriginal trail. It was a pivotal path connecting Port Douglas to the rest of the hinterland. Expect lots of birdlife and soothing easterly views towards Coral Sea. Mountain biking is allowed as well. You can also make this into a one-way trip if someone is willing to pick you up from Black Mountain Road. The track can become impassable during/after rainfall as the Robbins Creek crossing floods. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Bump Track & Connolly Road (-16.5665325,145.4544257)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Captain Cook Highway, 44
  • Turn on to Mowbray River Road then drive for 2.3 km
  • Keep right onto Connolly Road and drive for another 410 m
  • Keep left onto Connolly Road and drive for another 820 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Connolly Road(1.07km southwest of intersection with Mowbray River Road), head towards the gate next to the green “Mowbray National Park - Bump track” signpost along with other informational signposts. Head around the gate and follow the wide dirt track(Bump Track) gently uphill as you move away from the road. Stay on the said track as it meanders into the woodland to continue along The Bump Track from Connolly Road.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Bump Track & Connolly Road Start heading along Bump Track (a vehicle track).
After 25 m head through/around the gate.
After another 1.9 km continue straight, to head along Bump Track.
Then come to the viewpoint (8 m on your left).
After another 2.6 km veer right.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Bump Track.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Bump Track.
After another 1.4 km head through/around the gate.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 6 km to get back to the start.
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The Bump Track from Connolly Road

Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 12 km
Time 3 h 45 min to 6 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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