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THE WHITSUNDAYS

NOW:  THE WHITSUNDAYS Our memories of Airlie Beach were back packers, all day breakfast and t-shirt shops.  They’re all still there but Airlie has grown up – up the hill and all across the available land!  Cyclone Debbie had wreaked…

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THE TROPICAL NORTH

NOW: THE TROPICAL NORTH After surviving a deluge of 180 mills of rain in 30 hours we felt we needed a treat.  Travelling south from Mission Beach we made an important stop at Cardwell which used to have pie vans…

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THE WET TROPICS

NOW:  THE WET TROPICS For some travellers it’s the call of The Cape once you are this far north in Queensland but we’ve been to Cape York before and travelled up and back on the famous Telegraph Track.  This time…

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ATHERTON TABLELANDS

NOW: ATHERTON TABLELANDS If you’re on the tablelands on the right Saturday you can wander the Yungaburra markets and try some local foods and produce.  You can also stroll along the Peterson Creek and watch the platypus swimming in the…

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UNDARA LAVA TUBES

NOW: UNDARA LAVA TUBES The Gulf Development Road took us from Karumba on the gulf to Georgetown which was a bustling mining town in the 1800s.  The Cumberland Chimney is all that remains of the large mining township 20 kilometres…

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LAWN HILL NATIONAL PARK TO KARUMBA

NOW – LAWN HILL NATIONAL PARK TO KARUMBA We needed to wash our clothes and shop for fresh food so Borroloola was a timely stop.  We also needed to swap one of our near new tyres with our extra spare…

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LIMMEN NATIONAL PARK AND LORELLA SPRINGS

NOW: LIMMEN NATIONAL PARK AND LORELLA SPRINGS After swimming in the hot springs at Mataranka we took the Roper Bar Highway.  We have learnt to be careful of ‘so called’ highways but this was a decent road and we’d reached…

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NHULUNBUY IN ARNHEM LAND

NOW: NHULUNBUY IN ARNHEM LAND We had four overnight stops on our way north from Mt Isa.  The first at Barkley Homestead then Banka Banka which was once a cattle outstation and now hosts highway travellers camped around the original…

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BEDOURIE AND MT ISA

NOW: BEDOURIE AND MT ISA We made it to Bedourie before dark after travelling with a long procession of campers leaving The Big Red Bash.  We’d heard about the Bedourie Camel and Pig Races so as we headed north we…

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THE BIG RED BASH

NOW: THE BIG RED BASH Track owners from everywhere were converging on Birdsville for the Owners’ Gathering at The Big Red Bash and we were meeting the team from Track to get the site ready and welcome fellow owners.  First…

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