on the road


on the road

Oceania » Australia » Queensland July 27th 2010

After a cooked breakfast at Bramwell Homestead, we headed off, hoping to cover the distance to Darwin in quick time, but also wary of our repaired camper trailer. We stopped for lunch on the banks of the Archer River with Annelies and Thomas also having a swim in the shallow waters by the bridge. We spent the night at Hann River Roadhouse and luckily decided to put up the awning as it looked quite overcast. This proved to be a wise decision as it rained overnight. The following day we drove through Laura and then stopped to have a look at the Quinkan Country Split Rock art site nearby. When we hopped back in the car, we noticed that a large crack had appeared in the windscreen originating from a site where a rock had hit ... read more
Split Rock Gallery
Thomas enjoying the water park
Split Rock Gallery

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape York July 24th 2010

After fitting new rear brake pads and a fuel filter to the Cruiser at Seisia, we headed south, stopping briefly in Bamaga to send some postcards and pick up some fresh bread (and tasty treats) from the bakery there. From there it was on the ferry once again and then down the northern and southern bypass roads to arrive at Bramwell Homestead about lunch time. We unhitched the trailer, had a quick lunch then headed off to drive the southern section of the OTT that we had missed on the way up. We arrived at Palm Creek and joined up with a couple of cars who were starting the steep and washed out descent down the entrance bank. After the two cars were over we started our entrance. Alex became official photographer again while Thomas and ... read more
Ducie Creek crossing
Gunshot Creek
Gunshot Creek

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape York July 23rd 2010

We broke our camp at Eliot/Twin Falls the next morning (Sunday) and headed to the ferry crossing over the Jardine River. About 10km past the crossing we took a 3km track back to the Overland Telegraph Track (OTT) to see where the track used to cross the Jardine. It looked a bit ominous although there seemed to be reasonably fresh tracks exiting the ford. Perhaps these tracks were from one of the support vehicles of the motorcyclists we had seen the previous day as we later heard that one of these vehicles had gotten stuck while trying to cross the Jardine here. Apparently it was a brand new 70 series Landcruiser and it was there all night with all the gear for the motorcyclists (clothes, tents, food, etc) on board. We headed for Seisia and planned ... read more
Cape York
Seisia beach
Croc on the beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape York July 20th 2010

We left Bramwell Homestead and again took the southern bypass road northwards. However, this time we turned back towards the Overland Telegraph Track (OTT) via the Heathlands Ranger station. At the OTT, we headed south to have a look at Gunshot Creek, which we had heard lots about. We unhooked the camper trailer to make it easier to travel and arrived at the northern banks of Gunshot. It wasn't too long afterwards that a couple of vehicles arrived on the southern side. One was owned by a 'pom' now living in Brisbane while the other was a hire vehicle that his folks and younger brother had picked up in Cairns. They had done all the OTT except Gunshot up until now, but were heading south and wanted to complete the OTT altogether before heading home. This ... read more
Cannibal Creek
Eliot Falls
Twin Falls

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape York July 20th 2010

Initially we had thought to drive out of Iron Range National Park via Frenchman's track which would bring us to the PDR south of Batavia Downs Station, but we had been warned against taking that route by the family camped near us. The Rangers had also put up a sign at Chili beach suggesting that travellers not take that track as the Pascoe River crossing was deep and the track was unmaintained and hence quite rough, so it wouldn't make the journey any quicker. Since we were travelling on our own and we hadn't heard of anyone doing that track and might have ended up stranded for quite some time, we decided to travel out the way we came in. When we got to the PDR we again headed north. We stopped for lunch at Moreton ... read more
Poddy calf
World's tallest termite mound?

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape York July 20th 2010

On Sunday we joined the Peninsula Development Road (PDR) again and headed north to the turn off east into Iron Range National Park. This road was in good condition although it had lots of dips. There were only two noteworthy creek crossings - the Wenlock River and the Pascoe, which was a wide, sandy bottom crossing that was pretty shallow. Our only stop after a morning tea break and a firewood restock was at the Mt Tozer lookout, although we did drive into the inland camp sites at Rain Forest and Cooks Hut to have a look just in case we couldn't get a site at Chili Beach. We had been told that Chili beach, where we were intending to camp, fills up quickly and by the time we got there all the sheltered sites were ... read more
Nautilus Shell
Chili Beach - Low tide
Chili Beach - High tide

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape York July 19th 2010

We left Cooktown and drove out on the Hopevale Road again in the morning, but this time took the left turn instead to travel up 'The Cape” via Lakefield NP. Initially we had thought we'd stay at Kalpowar Crossing as several guidebooks mentioned it being a beautiful spot to camp. However we had called from Cooktown and spoke to the ranger there who told us that it was not a good camp area to get trailers into. So we decided to head to Hann Crossing to camp. On the way we stopped at the old Laura Homestead. We also stopped at White Lily and Red Lily Lagoons, which were magnificent and very picturesque with plenty of bird life (magpie geese, egrets, cormorants, red-tailed black cockatoos). The site we found on the Hann River was a bit ... read more
Old Laura Homestead
Red Lily Lagoon
Musgrave Roadhouse

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cooktown July 18th 2010

After a late start getting away from Maggie Island we caught the ferry back to the mainland, grabbed some groceries and went to retrieve our trailer. Then we hit the road again and headed north to Forest Beach near Ingham, passing the large sugar cane mill along the way. We had arranged to spend the evening here with Norma and Herman (good friends from Darwin). We arrived later than we had planned but had a brilliant evening catching up with them after again being treated to Norma's yummy cooking. The next morning The Netherlands were playing Uruguay in the semi final of the World Cup soccer so Mark, Thomas and Herm got up early to enjoy the game together. Then we were treated to a delicious cooked breakfast before we loaded up the car again and ... read more
Elim Sands
Keatings Lagoon (Mulbabidgee) Conservation Park
Sugar Mill near Ingham

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Magnetic Island July 8th 2010

We were met at the ferry by Andrew as he was also picking up his youngest brother Pete and his family who had arrived on the passenger ferry at the same time. We thought we'd first check in to our cottage in Arcadia near Alma Bay, but Andrew wouldn't have a bar of it and persuaded us to come and greet everyone at their holiday house (Te-Nikau). Even though the 40th birthday party for Anna wasn't until the following Sunday, there was already a large group of family and friends at their house. Like us, they were also making full use of the invitation to spend a week or so on the island. People kept arriving during the course of the week, so the number gradually climbed. Despite this, lunch, dinner and even the occasional breakfast ... read more
Annelies & the chocolate game
Some of the 'Silvertops'
Enjoying the sand at Horseshoe Bay

Oceania » Australia » Queensland July 2nd 2010

We left Lorella Springs just after 8 am and headed for Cape Crawford, located at the intersection of the Carpentaria and Tablelands highways. Here we refuelled and headed south to the Barkly Homestead where we thought we might have to spend the night. However, we made good progress on the one-lane sealed Tablelands Highway and it was only 3 pm when we got to the Homestead, so after a brief stop for a snack, we continued east on the Barkly Highway towards Camooweal to stay for the night. The following morning we continued east for the short distance to Mt Isa. We were pressured into staying here for a night as the Mt Isa Show was on this weekend. Because we were going to miss out on the Darwin Show this year (we've never been!), Annelies ... read more
Mt Isa Show
Porcupine Gorge lookout
Porcupine Gorge

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