Michael and Wendy Browning make it to the Tip by Topaz!
Sometimes it’s better to let the pictures speak for themselves.
Beachside camping, Mission Beach, North Qld.
Cassowary warning signs are everywhere in Far North Queensland, but despite literally hundreds of them, we never saw one of the elusive big birds!
The 22in TV in the Topaz folds neatly out of the way and locks into two rubber catches for safe travelling. Great for watching the Korean F1 Grand Prix in Cape Hillsborough National Park!
Red dust follows you everywhere on the Cape, but none of it entered the Topaz or its luggage lockers.
The Topaz has proved really quick to set up, leaving more time for checking out emails or Facebook.
This is the Palm Creed crossing on the old Telegraph Road – no place for even the best off-road caravan. We left it to the heroes, their specially pumped-up 4WDs and winches.
Bramwell Station just before the start of the Old Telegraph Road was the perfect place to regroup and plan the route ahead to the tip of Cape York.
Proof that care is needed on the often-tricky unsealed roads of Cape York.
Many travellers leave their mark on the Cape roads – often the number plates!
The Topaz with its huge ground clearance had no issues with regular creek crossings on the Old Telegraph Track.
There are ways around the most extreme sections of the iconic Old Telegraph Track.
The Topaz’s shower tent is quick to fit, roomy and effective.
Getting into and out of some of the river crossings involves some careful negotiations with the surrounding banks with any trailer.
Fully set up at Loyalty Beach, just outside Bamaga at the top of Cape York.
A typical sandy section of the Old Telegraph Track.
Fabulous Fruit Bat Falls on the Old Telegraph Track. However it’s for day use only.
Spectacular top end sunsets are the order of the day.
Crossing the Jardine River to the top of Cape York is a simple, but expensive business – when it’s running. It cost s $99 return and the ferry was inoperative for several days the week prior after being damaged by an over-loaded truck.
Crocodile warning signs are everywhere in Far North Queensland. Basically, no sea or river water is guaranteed safe from them.
We carried two Jerrys of diesel and 20 litres of drinking water in the spacious front ‘boot’. There was still room for another two.
Our ARB Fridge/Freezer has done a mighty job, keeping our meat, fish and frozen vegetables at a constant -4 deg C whether on mains power or battery operation.
Wendy and I voted the Topaz’s mattress as being one of the most comfortable we have ever slept on! The netting at the window end holds lots of clothes too.
The Topaz’s spacious and very usable kitchen. Wendy gave it top marks for bench space and the ergonomic height of the bench tops.
Enough space for all our clothes in the deep wardrobe.
Catching the ferry from Seisia (Cape York) to Thursday Island for a day trip.
Cooks’ delight. The very workable Topaz galley.
The standard hat racks on the Topaz ceiling are a great idea.
Picture postcard beaches are everywhere on the Cape. But no matter how inviting the water, you can’t swim because of the crocs!
Visiting graves of two members of the pioneering Jardine family at Cape York.
Lovely Thursday Island.
Eliot Falls is a great place to camp and chill on the OT Track.
The ‘Croc Shop’ near the tip of Cape York has plenty of cheesy souvenirs.
Signs at the top are often pretty basic, but everyone knows where to go.
The Topaz handled the corrugations of Cape roads with aplomb.
Check out the price – and availability – of diesel at the Jardine Ferry. It pays to carry a spare Jerry!
The height of our hitch was the principal limiting factor we faced on the Old Telegraph Track.
Eliot and Twin Falls are the most popular places to visit on the entire Cape.
Rangers patrol camping areas on the Cape.
Meeting the locals at Archer River.
Cape Tribulation beach. Our camp was just 30 metres away behind the palms.
The outside shower was refreshing and convenient, with or without the tent.
Beautiful Palm Cove.
Dunk Island viewed from Mission Beach.
Sundowner drinks are easy with such great scenery on the Cape.