Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Journey to the Tip of Queensland.

 The tracks on the Old Telegraph Track have been badly damaged by cyclones and heavy traffic use during the tourist season, so they need to be carefully assessed before attempting a crossing. If a crossing is too difficult for your vehicle you can take a detour back on the main road and avoid the more challenging tracks. We would have liked to complete the entire Old Telegrpah Track again but some of the other vehicles were not equipped for that part of the journey and we didn't want to risk damage to the vehicles.
 There were some lovely swimming holes near Elliott and Fruit Bat Falls, which are safe from saltwater crocodiles.

 There were a few river crossings and more waterfalls.
 Reaching the top part of Cape York requires you to cross the Jardine River by ferry and crocs are known to frequent the river.
 We visited some wrecks of aircraft which crashed during WW2.
 The tide was out when we walked out to the Tip- the most northern part of Australia.

 The usual group photos when we reached The Tip!
 A resort which has been abandoned and damaged by neglect and cyclones during the wet season.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Road to Cape York

 Our first night out of Cooktown was spent at the Endeavour Falls Tourist Park. It's a pretty camp near the Endeavour Falls and well worth an overnight stop.
 The Endeavour Falls.
 There are warnings at all waterways, lagoons etc as the saltwater crocodile can be found in fresh or saltwater and it's not the crocs you can see which are the problem but those hiding in the rivers or waterpools. We did swim wile we were away but only where no crocs have been reported and where there are rock pools and where the bottom is visible.
 There are many water crossings but these weren't dee enough to cause any problems.

 We love the red dirt of the outback.
 This is Old Laura which is the remains of an early homestead, preserved for tourists to see how tough life was for the early settlers.
 There are some beautiful lagoons of water lillies but the possibility of crocs kept us away from the water's edge.

 Fuel stop and overnight stop at Musgrave Station.

 The cyclones cause erosion of the tracks and roads and many roads have to be rebuilt every year.
 Cattle are often found on the road and you need to be aware of the need to slow down near them as they can be unpredictable and cross the road in front of the car.
 We took a side track to Port Stewart for a lunch stop.

 It's remote and a popular place for fishermen.
We love the Cape for the challenge of driving the creeks and roads.
More to come.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Now Where Were We?

Yesterday we arrived home from our trip to Cape York and we are now busy with working our way through our lists of jobs to catch up on. Due to lack of internet, I was unable to update my blog with our progress while we were traveling so there will be quite a few blog posts showing our beautiful country, while I get back into the quilting UFO's.

 On our way to Cooktown, we traveled through the Daintree Rainforest which is world heritage listed as a natural wonder.
 We camped on some wind-swept beaches on our way to start the trek to Cape York. This one is Archer Point, just below Cooktown.
 Cooktown has sustained some damage to to cyclones a few months ago but it is still a beautiful place.
We visited the Cooktown cemetery where the headstones tell a story of hardship during the early days of settlement. DH doesn't share my interest in cemetries but is happy to indulge my interest. More to come and it's good to be back home and blogging again.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sights on Our Way to Cairns and Mossman.

On our way to Cairns we stopped off to visit Millstream Falls, the widest falls in Australia. We also saw a snake on the track but lukcily he was more interested in getting away from us. When we reached Mossman, we saw the sugarcane train making it's way through the the town.
Off again now.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Outback Queensland

From Longreach we traveled through Winton and roadside camped out of Hughenden. This area is well-known for dinosaur bones and gemstones but there's not much out there but lots of space and open country. We also visited Porcupine Gorge, just out of Hughenden and enjoyed the beautful scenery from the lookout. Hughenden also has a giant statue of a dinosaur. We've also been lucky enough to see lots of emus and kangaroos as well as wild goats on the road but the emus are the only ones slow enough for me to photograph.
  Hugs, Jan Mac