Category: Queensland

Cape York Day 16-18

Cooktown is a sweet little town. We explored the sights the morning after we camped there, checking out the Grassy Hill lookout and the Captain Cook statue. We stopped off at Bloomfield Falls, the first of the waterfalls we explored in the region. They are magnificent! Out of the waterfalls we visited it had the most impressive flow of water. We followed the coastal road stopping in at iconic sites along the way. It is a very windy road but in pretty good condition. There unfortunately is very little opportunity to pass slow vehicles, though, so you will need a...

Cape York Day 11-15

Sorry guys! I got a little bit behind with blogging. Where did I leave you? The last few days have been a blur of mechanical issues and travelling. We set off to travel from our campsite at Loyalty Beach heading south with a quick detour to see the mouth of the Jardine River and old radar at Mutee Heads. Well, that “quick detour” turned into a half a day issue! Here’s a hot tip – always drop your tyre pressures when driving on soft sand! No excuses like “it’s only a quick look then we’ll be back on the main...

Cape York Day 9-10

Our last few days have been based at the Loyalty Beach Campground. This spot is perfect after bush camping on the Old Telegraph Track! We took advantage of the facilities and caught up on the basics like laundry, and also enjoyed a few nights off cooking dinner at DJ’s Garden Bar. The bar is such a special spot – picture party lights strung between trees, timber tables spread out over the lawn, all overlooking the beach. They have a fish and chip special on Sunday nights which is very popular. Having the campground as our base we were free to...

Cape York Day 8

We made it to The Tip! Yes, it’s worth the effort to get there. It is an amazing experience standing at the very top of the Australian mainland. Now, keep in mind it is just the most northern point of the mainland, so there are islands only  a short distance away. Some of them, like Thursday Island, can be accessed by ferry. We started off the day packing up camp on the northern bank of the Jardine River. Our camp there ended up serving us well – the old shed (likely a shelter from back in the days the telegraph...

Cape York Day 7

Today was Day 7 of our Cape York adventure and our last day on the Old Telegraph Track. It was yet another day of fantastic weather… until about 4pm when it decided to rain intermittently for the rest of the day. Our first stop for the day was a quick back-track from our camp at Canal Creek to Eliot/Twin Falls. Be warned that if you decide to camp at Eliot Falls you must have a permit – rangers do patrol the area and you may be unlucky enough to get caught if you try to be sneaky or mistake it...

Cape York Day 6

Today was a very interesting day on the Old Telegraph track featuring the most well-known crossings, Gunshot Creek. The day started easy. Bertie Creek crossing was only a very short distance from our camp and is fairly straight-forward. The creek is clear and has a nice rocky base, but also hides some pretty deep potholes. our recommendation would be to walk any of the crossings – at least getting out of your vehicle to have a look – before attempting to drive them. We drove past the Gunshot Bypass track with the intention of going to Gunshot for a look...

Cape York Day 5

This evening sees us at yet another free camp, on yet another river. Tonight we’ve stopped at the Dulhunty River crossing on the Old Telegraph Track. It’s a real gem of a spot! Tonight while I write we have the aroma of roast lamb cooking in the Weber wafting through the campsite and a very light sprinkle of rain dancing on the awnings. There are absolutely no facilities here, but that’s what you need to expect on the Old Telegraph Track, particularly in the free camps. This camping area is certainly a fun place to photograph! Its such a beautiful...

Cape York Day 4

Sitting here writing this post I have the sound of the river bubbling behind me and a fire crackling in front of me. Honestly, the simple things in life really are the best. God has made such a beautiful Earth for us to enjoy. The more I explore this great planet, the more I appreciate the creativity of our Creator. Tonight we’re camped at my favourite spot so far, The Bend campsite just north of Coen. We’ve set up our camp in what would be part of the riverbed in the wet season in a more secluded part of the...

Cape York Day 1-3

Sitting here listening to crickets chirping is rather relaxing. Tonight is our third night on the road and we’re spending it at our third free campsite, found courtesy of the Wiki Camps app, Rifle Creek Rest Area just outside Mt Molloy, Queensland. It’s a great spot – big grassy area perfect for tents, campers and caravans, showers (cold only) and flushing toilets, and right on the highway for easy access. They do ask for a donation to help contribute to the costs of running the amenities, but that’s more than reasonable for what you get! It is a busy spot so...