The Gypsies

A pair of old gypsies travelling Australia
Living in: Western Australia, Australia
  • Day98

    Leichardt River

    August 9 in Australia

    We stayed here at the Leichhardt River Falls, the falls haven’t been working for a while by the look of it. It’s very pretty here, however the fishing was non productive, or was that the fisherman? 😊🎣. We couldn’t stay more than two nights as the wind and dust drove us mad. The wind whips up the fine powdery silt that is everywhere and it got into everything including our eyes.

    Further to our story about Wayne the Wildman, he told us that his dog was attacked by a croc a couple of years ago, and it resurfaced after being pulled under by the croc. It’s leg was broken and he walked 80k carrying it and hitchhiking until he got it to a vet. The Cairns Times ran a story about it. It’s all true as I researched on google and found the article, link below.

    https://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/queensland/far-north-hunter-hikes-for-two-days-carrying-dog-attacked-by-crocodile/news-story/66bce723c2128af2a5be3a9df3a921db

    And Dave showed a photo of that nasty sign to the head engineer in Normanton Shire and asked if he could shed some light on the reasons why. He was furious as they knew nothing about those signs going up and they had never been consulted. He said he knew the station owners in the area and they always cause issues and problems. In fact he said they were absolute bastards and impossible to deal with. Anyway he was going to investigate and see if the signs were fair and legal.
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  • Day93

    Wildman Wayne at Staaten River

    August 4 in Australia

    It was getting late so we pulled into a spot by the Staaten River crossing. We woke in the morning to see a man come trotting out of the bush behind us with his swag and camping gear and three dogs on leads. He was a wild and wooly looking individual but seemed friendly enough and he asked if we could give him some coffee. Wayne told us he lives in the bush hunting and fishing with his dogs and rarely ever visits any of the towns. He doesn’t have a vehicle and lives mostly on the river banks eating bush food and killing pigs for meat. He also eats goannas and crocodile when he can catch them. He showed us some good waterholes for fishing and between us we caught 12 good sized catfish and 1 bream. He caught most of them on his hand line. He doesn’t bother with rods. It was quite a surreal experience to meet such a character, he doesn’t wear shoes, so his feet were as tough as old boots.
    While we were camped there, a truck pulled up and put up a sign authorised by Queensland Police. It threatened fines and imprisonment for trespassing, camping, fishing and hunting. The people putting up the signs spoke to us and said they were contracted to do the job by the owner of the surrounding stations. They were friendly folk and said we haven’t seen you as they left. We thought it best to leave the following morning, and Wayne decided he better move a few hundred metres upstream to avoid being seen from the road. We left him some flour, sugar, salt, rice, pasta, potatoes, onions and couple of other things. He was pretty happy about that.
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  • Day90

    After getting permission from the station owner, we stayed here for three nights, and what a magnificent spot it was! Excellent for swimming and kayaking. On day two we packed some lunch and paddled up the river for quite a few kilometres before stopping to eat. We saw a large goanna, kangaroos drinking at the waters edge and a couple of wild pigs in amongst the trees as we passed. Also Brolgas feeding in the shallows.Read more

  • Day89

    Chillagoe

    July 31 in Australia

    Spent a couple of days here in Chillagoe at the free Showgrounds camping area. Very hot dry and dusty here at the moment, and no facilities available except access to their water taps. Perfect for washing our clothes. 😎
    We walked into the little town and had a beer at the old “Post Office Hotel”, and spent time chatting to the Publican and his wife who were a really nice couple.
    Chillagoe is famous for its limestone caves. We booked a Ranger guided tour through the Trezkin Cave and learned a little about Stalagmites and Stalagtites. Apparently Stalagmites start to form on the bottom of the cave and MIGHT grow to the top and Stalagtites start to form on the top of the cave and hang on TIGHT as they grow towards the bottom.
    We also had a look at Balancing Rock and then a quick look at the old Smelters ruins, which were in use for 40 odd years after the discovery of copper in the area.
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  • Day85

    Eureka Creek Rodeo

    July 27 in Australia

    We decided to leave the Tablelands and coastal area behind and head towards Burketown. We came across a rodeo being set up at Eureka Creek. We spent three nights there and enjoyed all the fun of the event. There was Camp Drafting competitions, Horse racing, and Bull Riding. The Bull Riding was hilarious. We had a brilliant time. A dusty old paddock was transformed into a small horse and cattle village in no time. There was plenty of food, coffee and alcohol as well as live music.Read more

  • Day82

    Jaques Coffee Plantation

    July 24 in Australia

    We watched a documentary giving a good overview of the coffee industry from seed to cup. It included the history of the Jaques Family and their struggle and tenacity to bounce back from ruin not once but three times!
    Superb staff, and excellent coffee.

    We said goodbye to Kevin,Rae,Richard and Trina yesterday after traveling with them for almost a month. We had some great times together and it was a bit emotional saying goodbye. Thanks you guys for all the planning. We were happy to follow.Read more

  • Day78

    Great Barrier Reef Cairns

    July 20, Coral Sea

    A trip on a motorised catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef was a terrific day out. Rae booked us with a business called Reef Daytripper, who take a maximum of 20 people and travel about 30 kilometres out to Upolu Reef. They supplied all the snorkelling gear and wetsuits, which were a hoot to get into. 🤣. They put on a buffet lunch of meats and salads, and on the way back, a glass of wine and cheese platter.

    The snorkelling was good, and we used noodles to keep us buoyant. We didn’t see any nasties, just lots of colourful coral and fish of all shapes and sizes. Poor Rae was sea sick for much of the time, but she put on a brave face and tried to make the most of it.

    The crew were fantastic, very sociable and interactive with everyone. Paul, the skipper and owner is Belgian, Natalie and Kevin are Scottish and James is Korean - a terrific bunch of people.
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  • Day75

    Kuranda Train and Skyrail.

    July 17 in Australia

    We stayed at the Lake Placid caravan park and used that as a base to visit Kuranda. We went up on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. This famous railway winds its way on a journey from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. After a day spent wandering around the village, we made the journey back on the Skyrail. You glide just metres above the rainforest for the 7.5 kilometre journey in 6 seater gondolas. It was absolutely brilliant with magnificent views below.

    Saw some magnificent birds in the bird park up in Kuranda.
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  • Day73

    Gallo dairy farm. Mareeba

    July 15 in Australia

    We stopped at this cheese, chocolate and dairy farm. We bought some nice cheese and chocolate, but the different thing about this place was the animals in pens around the property and a variety of different poultry. Also got to see the rotating milking machine - a first for me.

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