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    • Day8

      Cape York! The Northernmost part of Aus!

      June 18 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      After a night sleep out under the stars, we drove the last little stretch and arrived at Cape York!
      Along the way we stopped at the famous Croc Tent and bought some fun souvenirs.
      And finally, we made it! The Northernmost part of Australia!Read more

    • Day66

      Thursday Island

      February 18, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 88 °F

      Thursday Island, in the Whitsunday Island group, was the only part of the Australian homeland to see action in World War II. Now it is a lovely, sleepy town, most of whose inhabitants work for the Australian government. They come here seasonally, and are rotated as needed. The native inhabitants put on a folkloric dance. Glenda was surprised at the extremely high prices in the small grocery store here. There is a museum in the basement of the fort. The woman at the counter told us the amount for the entry fee. However, we didn't have any Australian currency with us. Then she said, "Oh, come on in anyhow." How accommodating! It was really a very good museum, showing the fort's usage from colonial to modern times.Read more

    • Day395

      The Tip (Outback Trip Day 6)

      July 3, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

      Yesterday, five of us took the Toyota up the Roma Flat track. It was a really good thing the truck was 4 wheel drive! Loads of fun!

      This morning we all got up for brekky, then headed off for The Tip, the northern most point of Australia. Ten bikes went up and five of us went on the Toyota. The truck took the long way in the hardpacked road while the bikes headed up Roma. We met up and drove up to The Tip for a picture by the sign.

      After that, we headed to Somerset, where Steve's greatgrandparents are now buried. Their remains were returned a couple of years ago from Germany. They and nine other Aboriginals were "sent" (kidnapped) there to be "studied" (murdered) by Nazis. All were killed.

      We left there towards the east coast near Albany Island, where we hopped through the bush between five beaches. Stunningly beautiful waters and landscapes. We're at the last beach the truck could get to, and the bikes have just returned from the sixth beach. Yeehaw!!!

      So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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    • Day19

      Loyalty Beach

      August 20, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Last night with Ty and Amber and Doug and Lara who headed off early. Sarena and Jan to travel with us.
      $28 unpowered. Had store and pub
      Toilets and showers ok. No thefts our night but we're the night before.Read more

    • Day24

      3 Island Tour - Horn Island

      August 24 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Up and moving early today, even before the damn alarm. A fun start to the day, I thought I'd quickly curl up a few bits of my hair, well, I melted green woolies bag onto one section of my hair after unknowingly resting the curling iron on a bag. So that was fun haha. I brushed some of it out, and Ben cut one small chunk out, no biggie, but luckily it was only a little bit. Once ready, we grabbed our backpack and walked down to the wharf where we met Bill and Carly, our skipper and first mate for the day. We were on the Luna Sea vessel, a bit smaller than we imagined, but happy with it because it meant there weren't many of us crammed onto the boat, 19 of us. It was about an hour to Horn island, our first stop. Bill stopped nearby and went though some local history of the Torres Strait Islands. It was so bizarre when he said that we were closer to Papua New Guinea than Bramwell Station and closer to Indonesia than Cairns. On our way into Horn, the boat stopped and we finally saw our first wild, salt water crocodile, just chilling on the sand. When he slid off into the water it was our time to move. At Horn island, Carly walked us to the Torres Strait Heritage museum where we watched a video and got to explore the artefacts, photos and read local stories. It was a nice amount of time, then we wandered back to the boat for our next destination.

      Somehow we had brief service amongst the islands, yet we lost service at Cooktown on the mainland.
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      Margaret Taylor

      No photo of the new hair accessory then?

      8/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      Haha! Honestly I was so tired and we didn't want to run late for the boat tour, I didn't even think about it, just got rid of it and on our way. Lesson learned!

      8/25/22Reply
       
    • Day19

      Nolan's to Punsand

      August 19 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Nolan's (bridge creek) is the last crossing and known to have a very soft, sandy bottom, which claims a lot of vehicles each year apparently, woo! We watched 2 fellas go down who we saw at the Lions Den a few nights ago, the first one had no dramas, good news because that was the line we were planning on taking. His mate though, took a different path and got stuck in the water. Ben ran out to attach the snatch strap while his mate dragged him out. There was a fair bit of water in his car but he seemed pretty good about it. The L and P platers and their families went next, all good. Ben afterwards, also no dramas despite the depth. Peter was much slower but again no issues. We pulled up for a celebratory drink and lunch while watching some other groups come through, a few we've seen along the way. The last car got stuck, same drill, Ben attached the strap and the driver dragged him out. It was a fun, but nervewracking day at times. Less than an hour to the ferry, it's very quick over the Jardine River, it's only about 50m. We said our farewells and headed for our campsite at Punsand Bay after topping up the fuel at Bamaga. We set up and wandered down to the beach bar, such a great spot! We had a seafood pizza and calamari for dinner. Unintentionally a late night, had much to catch up on on the wifi after a few days without. The shower was soooo good, it's been a while! The fresh water swims were great, don't get me wrong, but not comparable to a hot shower.Read more

    • Day22

      WW2 trail

      August 22 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      We pushed our alarm back an hour today, but Ben was still stirring beforehand. Another cruisy day ahead. We went through our laundry from the day before last, the rain came through before we had a chance to go through it all and put it away properly. Slow packup and headed for Bamaga. We found the Bakery which a lot of people hype up, got ourselves a crocodile pie and a regular sausage roll to share. They were pretty good! We followed the hema to do the ww2 trek today. We found 2 plane wrecks and a fuel dump site which took us a bit to realise was a historic location and not people just dumping a heap of 44 gallon drums. We looped back and headed for Muttee Head. The track kept going to the Jardine River mouth where it flows into the Arafura Sea, so we followed it and found a nice spot to stop and cook up some noodles. Back on the soft, sandy track to Muttee Head and the WW2 radar. We had to put the maxtrax to use for their intended purpose instead of levelling the ute out at campsites. We went through a large, soft patch, I smacked my head on the handle and we got stuck. Ben got us sorted though and we were moving in no time. Good thing he attached the lanyards, he couldn't see the little ones at all. We found the ww2 radar, the only one standing on the mainland. A quick drive by Muttee Head, looks like a lovely camping spot. We headed back via Injinoo, just to have a look. They have construction going on near the beach to create a picnic area, otherwise its very much a local town.Read more

    • Day24

      3 Island Tour - Roko Island

      August 24 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      About 45mins and a bit of a rough trip, we made it to Roko Island. The jetty itself was wooden, kept afloat by drums, it was very pretty, but wobbly. We met Nigel, a very relaxed fella who told us to grab a drink if we wanted one, then he'd take us for a walk. So we did just that. He showed us around their new facilities and glamping tents, then down to the old stone jetty. Telling us stories about how he often goes crabbing there, for years in fact and one time he went down to check his traps, it was dark and a 3-4m crocodile had made its way into the mangroves to take his bait, said it scared the shit out of him, understandably. He gave us some local history about the island being a former pearl farm and with how labour intensive it is, it just isn't worth it these days. The island itself is only about 900m by 300m at its widest points. We headed back to the bar to relax while Nigel took a second boat group for a walk. A very relaxing spot, but unless you're a keen fisherman, I think we'd get a bit bored just chilling, we like to be on the go on holidays. About 20 minutes on the boat and we were back to Seisia, a bit rough again, they did say that they've have to cancel the tours for the next 2 days due to rough seas. They also said the last few days it's been very windy and overcast, so we picked the right day. On the ride back we saw what we thought was rain in the distance, then it kept getting closer and we could smell smoke. They've been backburning again we assume and we arrived to a very smoky Seisia. Noone seems overly concerned though, so we just went about our business. Back to camp to relax a bit, then we wandered over for to the Kiosk for dinner again, we decided on a pizza and salad to share, which we still couldn't finish. Bloody good though, again very busy in there but they're quick! Showers and the usual before bed.Read more

    • Day20

      To the Tip!

      August 20 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Up and moving as usual. We popped into the Corrugation Bar at our campsite to see what their breakfast options were. Ben grabbed a Bacon and egg roll while I got the corn fritters and haloumi. Good start to the day. Our first stop today was The Tip! Pajinka! Maybe half an hour north and we arrived. A few older blokes were on their way back down with a stubby holder and empty beers, it was just before 10am, they said it's tradition, so we followed suit and grabbed a Canadian club each. It was about 700m up and over rocks to the most northern point, not too difficult a walk, just glad we weren't doing it in the middle of the day. We took a few photos then had a seat and people watched. There weren't a heap at first, but more were coming the later it got. One bloke jumped in the water, he said everyone gets their photo, but noone swims at the northern point, fair point but I'd rather not risk being eaten haha. It was lovely in the sun with the breeze coming through. We eventually decided to head back, getting more photos on the way. When we got back to the car, a tour group was being lead through the water to the point, less climbing this way, but it depends on the tide/crocodile factor.Read more

    • Day16

      Somerset and Seisa

      June 29, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Busy day exploring the top of Oz. Somerset is where the Jardine family started a cattle station back in the 1800s. There are also a few WW2 plane wrecks which Ben enjoyed. Topped off by a wander around Seisa.Read more

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