Cape York Trip – Post 26 – Chilli Beach to Mareeba

Ian Collard
June 17, 2018



Made it to our overnight stop at Coen. Cheap fuel $1.80 a litre.

These shots will be of interest to family - The former Inland Mission Hospital in Coen run my the Uniting Church.










In Laura now - last of the dirt, dust, and corrugations for awhile.

Did have a look at the Split Rock aboriginal art site yesterday afternoon. It is different to the stencilling I have seen before. Some spirit figures as well as animals and people. Interesting that while this site is open to the public there is a request not to take photos or video.





Mareeba - the end of the Cape



With several loads of washing done yesterday, "Clifford" having had a wash, and hot air balloons greeting the new day I guess this is the end of the Cape York section of our travels.





Cape York Trip – Post 25 – Chilli Beach

Ian Collard
June 16, 2018

Chilli Beach

We were off to Chilli beach. It was a national park campground and we hadn't had phone signal to book a site, but the rangers station was on the way so we would be able to book there.

Wrong, the Telstra tower was down so the ranger station had no internet or  phone. Fortunately a ranger came and suggested we could go into Lockart River and make a phone call from there.

This is a sunrise shot on the beach at Chilli Beach.





Chilli Beach


The beach is lined with a lot of coconut trees.

There is also an enormous amount of drift rubbish. A sign at the entrance does say how many tons of rubbish has been collected. It seems that it is the way the currents run that a lot of foreign and shipping rubbish end up on this beach.


Some one is keeping track of it every year they have a clean up where it is collected sorted and weighed.


Sunrise through the coconut palms.






Chilli Beach



Another day a different sunrise at Chilli beach.




Chilli Beach



So it may be the "Dry" but it does still rain - a rain squall while walking on Chilli beach.




Cape York Trip – Post 24 – Chuulangun campground

Ian Collard
June 16, 2018

Chuulangun campground

We spent the night at Chuulangun campground. This is on aboriginal land where some people have elected to return to the cape and their homelands and have established a small community .

The campsite is on the banks of the Wenlock river and provided some shots in the morning.


Is there a Bunyip in there?





Chuulangun campground


Wenlock River.






Chuulangun campground



Wenlock River




Cape York Trip – Post 23 – Batavia gold field

Ian Collard
June 16, 2018

Batavia Gold Field

Our first attempt to find the Batavia gold field failed. We were on the right track but "Clifford" is too tall to fit under a tree branch. I came back later on my push bike.





Batavia Gold Field


Flat bed truck






Batavia Gold Field



The flat bed truck had dual rear wheels but I couldn't figure out what this diff arrangement was all about. If there are any technically minded people reading this post who know what is going on please let me know.




Batavia Gold Field


I am not sure what this piece of machinery is but it could be an early prototype for a power station coal mill. 🙂





Batavia Gold Field


Can only assume this is a stationary boiler and associated stationary steam engine. No indication what it was used to drive.





Batavia Gold Field


Just as all this machinery is just lying around in the bush waiting to be discovered so is this abandoned mine shaft.





Cape York Trip – Post 22 – Heading South – Bramwell Station

Ian Collard
June 16, 2018

Fueling up to head south.

Seisia has the most northern fuel station in Australia. It is not the cheapest though 🙂 Fuel is $2:00 per litre but if you spend $50 at the Siesia store - which we did - you can get 4c a litre off. Saving about 15c per litre over the fuel in Bamaga.






Bramwell Station


Heading South and across the Jardine Ferry our overnight stop was Bramwell Station. I can't recommend enough that you make this an overnight stop if you are heading to the "tip" $47 per adult for a campsite with showers and toilet, all you can eat meal, and an excellent live show.

It must have been good we bought the usb stick of "The Bagman" to listen to as we leave the Cape.

Dad if you are following this post I don't think you will have heard Bach played quite like this. Geoff Bagman plays Bach

He played this for us.

The other surprise was that we caught up with my nephew and his friends as they were travelling North on the southern bank of the Jardine. They had all driven up the old telegraph track - something we couldn't achieve.





Bramwell Station


As well as hosting tourists Bramwell is a working cattle station. The most northerly cattle station in Australia. Turns out the current owner is a Rocky Girls Grammar old girl.

The was a mob of weaners in the yards overnight. Along with this old cow.





Bramwell Station


So thats what the inside of those termite mounds look like.





Bramwell Station


This poor strainer post, gate post, tree is having a hard time. Not only are the fence wires embedded in the bark so is the gate chain and now the termites have found it.





Cape York Trip – Post 21 – We Made it

Ian Collard
June 11, 2018

The tip


We got here 🙂


The Tip


This is as far as "Clifford" could go. The Northern most car park in Australia.





Cape York Trip – Post 20 – Around the tip.

Ian Collard
June 11, 2018

The tip - Loyalty Beach Campground



Our home while we explore the area around the tip - Loyalty Beach Campground. As you can see it is right on the beach.

The setting at the "restaurant" is idyllic as you watch the sunset over the sea while ordering and eating tea.

DC3 Crash


The now Bamaga Airport was once the Jackey Jackey airforce base in World War two. There are still a couple of air craft wreckages near the airport. This photo is of a DC 3 that crashed on approach early in the morning. All on board were killed.






DC3 Crash



This section of plane is located away from the main fuselage. To me it looks like it was ripped off when it hit a tree.





Cable Beach



This is where the undersea cable linking the telegraph line to the world came ashore. This is the junction box where the undersea cable connected to the overland telegraph wires. This is the remains of that junction.







Somerset was at one stage the administrative centre for North Queensland. Jardine had these canyon at the front of the Magistrates house. Unfortunately the house burnt down and there is nothing remaining.



My Tea



My tea. Only a small cray but I couldn't eat it all and had to have some cold for lunch the next day.



Cape York Trip – Post 19 – Mutee

Mutee Headland



Sunset over the Mutee Headland.

Radar Tower


Mutee was the sight of one of a number of radar installations on Cape York during world war two. According to the plaque here, this is the last one that is still standing, While the whole area is covered by 6ft high grass I couldn't see any evidence of the support buildings.









The decaying posts in this sunset photo are what is left of the jetty used during the war. I imagine to supply the radar installation. Apparently it was an important port for the whole area as well.





Mutee soft plastic



While not huge, still fun. The soft plastic is a bit worse for wear but still did the job.




Mutee - sunrise



Sunrise at Mutee beach. It may not be as spectacular as the sunset but I didn't have to get up at an unreasonable hour, the temperature would have been about 24 degrees - certainly didn't need a coat. You have to love winter on the Cape 🙂




Cape York Trip – Post 18 – Jardine to Mutee

North Jardine National Park



At the Jardine Ferry we had phone reception so time to put plan B into action. Where were we going to spend the night? We booked a camp site in the North Jardine National Park campground.

Paid our $100 for the ferry. This is return and includes camping at some sites North of the Jardine.

Next to find the campground.

This shot, as it turns out is  not on the way into the National park campground. We did find some camping at the end of this road but we couldn't get the motorhome down the track - "Clifford" is too tall.

Gravel Pit


It was now time for plan c, our first gravel pit stop over. In the end it turned out to be a pretty good camp spot.






North Jardine


Heading North the next morning we found the signed road to the North Jardine National Park. We still did not find our booked site number 6. We did however find sites 1 and 2 here at the northern side of to the old Jardine river ford.

The sign warns that this crossing is no longer in use, there are crocodiles, and its doubtful that anyone will retrieve your vehicle when you get stuck.









Saw the sign into Mutee beach it was only 10km so decided to go and have a look - we had time.

Turns out it was a nice beach and a nice free camp ground right on the beach. So we decided to stay. It looked like it was going to be a nice peaceful night.

We were then inundated with a group of about a dozen grey nomads travelling together. It was still fine just not the solitude it  looked like at first.





Cape York Trip – Post 17 – Moreton to the Jardine

Bramwell Roadhouse


While I am having misgivings about the road and the torture I am putting "Clifford" through; have a look at the caravans up here. This is at Bramwell Road house. The junction with the Old Telegraph Track and the Southern bypass road. I don't think these vans were heading up the Old Telegraph Track.

No Gunshot



I was hoping to use this road to get into the infamous Gunshot creek crossing for a look and camp the night. We did get into the "Old Telegraph Track" about 5km North of Gunshot. The scrub encroaches so much onto the track, and we are tall and wide and didn't want all the extra pin striping down the side. Not to mention the solar panels and air conditioner on the roof. We turned around and headed back to the development road and up to the Jardine Ferry.






Fruit Bat Falls



While no Gunshot we did get into Fruit Bat falls. They are really on the Bypass road so no great exodus down the old telegraph track.

Pitcher Plant



These carnivorous plants are growing near the walkway at Fruit Bat Falls.