The Capricorn Coast

THE CAPRICORN COAST

NOW: THE CAPRICORN COAST Yeppoon, Byfield National Park and the Keppel Islands are all on the Capricorn Coast. The 350 kilometre drive from Mackay to Yeppoon was our longest hop for a few weeks with sugar cane and vegetables growing on the river flats. The Singing Ship, a memorial to Captain Cook, sits on the…

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 havoc six months prior to our visit so some businesses and buildings were still being…

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 parked on the dirt under the trees along the foreshore. Since Cyclone Debbie they’ve had…

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 we’re heading for a camping RESORT with tropical gardens, a resort style pool, a large…

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 water even during the daytime! I thought you only saw platypus at night but not…

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 west of Georgetown. Built by Cornish miners 200 years ago the chimney still stands tall…

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 mud brick station building. Next stop Daly Waters Roadhouse where we had mobile reception for…