Post 400 Cracow

Ian Collard
August 13, 2021

Cracow

We left  Roderick, Jodelle and Clara at Emerald and they travelled home.

We had one more overnight stop before we got home.

Tea at the Cracow Pub was good - pretty much home cooking.

Cracow

I had a walk down the main street with my camera.

 

Cracow

Cracow

Cracow

Cracow

Home

Back home. I think we have a little cleaning to do. 🙂

 

Post 399 Emerald

Ian Collard
August 13, 2021

Emerald

Last night with Roderick, Jodelle and Clara.

Clara hoovering down here afternoon mandarin.

Clara

Good right to the last drip of juice on the chin.

Clara

Post 398 Undara

Ian Collard
August 8, 2021

Undara - Lava Tubes

Another great sunset at the Undara Caravan Park that I almost missed.

Undara is not on the Cape but we are not home yet so it is still part of these posts.

Undara

Overlooking the Undara resort.

We enjoyed out two nights here. All the amenities and yet still feels part of the bush. The main reception and bar area along with a lot of the accommodation is based on tastefully repurposed Queensland Rail wooden passenger wagons.

Undara

Further along the Bluff walk I disturbed a group of Rock Wallabies.

Undara

Entrance to one of the lava tubes. The fig tree is part of a small vine thicket that survives around the entrances to the lave tubes.

Undara

The weathering and oxidation of the rocks leads to these abstract patterns in the roof.

Undara

The tree roots from outside extend along the floor of the lava tube.

Undara

Unfortunately the tour overlapped with Clara's usual lunchtime. Nana and Clara stayed at the entrance to this tube for a bite to eat.

Post 397 Palmer River gold mining area.

Ian Collard
August 5, 2021

Palmer River

Camped at Dogleg Crossing on the Palmer River on the edge of the Palmer River Mining Reserve.

Palmer River

Dogleg Crossing.

Palmer River - Maytown

This is the remains of the bakers oven in the Main Street. There is not much left of Maytown but it was still worth a poke around. The preservation society has cleared most of the paving stones of the gutters down both sides of the main street and installed labels marking the store and hotel locations.

Palmer River

Palmer River Crossing at Maytown.

Palmer River - Queen of the North.

Three boilers used to power the stamp and winding equipment at the Queen of the North Mine.

Reading the signage while a lot of alluvial gold was taken in the field none of the deep reef mines were a real success and most didn't recover the costs mining equipment.

Palmer River - Comet Mill and mine

Palmer River - Comet Mill and mine

The bowls were a new means of grinding the ore into and even finer consistency to allow the gold to be amalgamated with mercury.

Palmer River - Enterprise Stamp Battery

The best preserved stamp battery in North Queensland.

Palmer River - Enterprise Stamp Battery

Clifford was there.

Palmer River - Enterprise Stamp Battery

The stampers crushing the ore.

Palmer River - Enterprise Stamp Battery

Palmer River - The Lousia Mine Shaft

While some of the mine shafts have collapsed a lot are still open. At the popular sites they do have signage and a barbed wire fence.

Post 396 Musgrave Road House

Ian Collard
August 5, 2021

Musgrave Roadhouse

Reflections in the freshwater lagoon/dam behind the roadhouse. While I shouldn't have been I was surprised at the number of people camping here for the night.

Musgrave Roadhouse

The Lagoon is home to a population of freshwater crocodiles.

Musgrave Roadhouse

A number of Egrets come in to roost around the lagoon.

Musgrave Roadhouse

I am not sure is this Juvenile Night Heron playing with death. (freshwater crocodiles)

Post 395 Chilli Beach

Ian Collard
August 5, 2021

Chilli Beach

This is our second visit to Chilli Beach and I was actually a little disappointed this time. It is just more popular and the intrusion of people more evident. 4x4 vehicles up and down the beach detracted from the place for me.

 

Chilli Beach

Sunrise Chilli Beach.

Chilli Beach.

The Scrub Turkeys on the Cape do not have the classic red and yellow wattles of their southern counterparts. It is more of a purple colour and I didn't see any of the enlarged flamboyant ones that you see down south.

Chilli Beach

The first edit of some star photos at Chilli Beach, may have a further play when we get home.

Post 394 Bramwell Station

Ian Collard
July 31, 2021

Bramwell Station

Bramwell Station. The northern most cattle station in Australia. Still a great place for a stop over. Showers, flushing toilets and then dinner with a show.

They also have contracts for road maintenance so the trucks parked up on the way in.

Bramwell Station

Another day another sunrise at Bramwell.

Bramwell Station

As a working cattle station they had a yard full of weaners in.

Bramwell Station

Back out to the ever popular PDR and some more corrugations.

Post 393 Captain Billy Landing

Ian Collard
July 31, 2021

Captain Bill Landing

We camped one night here - pretty exposed but not too windy on the night we were there.

Captain Billy Landing

Not sure of the full story but the landing is named after an aboriginal "Captain Billy".

Captain Billy Landing

Early morning to get this artistic shot of the landing.

Captain Billy Landing

Sandstone cliffs at one end of the beach.

Captain Billy Landing

Sand dunes at the other.

Captain Billy Landing

Crab holes on the beach. Also enjoyed watching the lesser frigate birds as they sailed, glided, flew overhead but there was very little flapping as they progressed up the length of the beach.

Post 392 The Tip

Ian Collard
July 31, 2021

The Tip

We did make it to the tip even if a day late. It did mean that we were by ourselves and not with the others.

The Tip

Iphone panorama at the tip.

The Tip

Surely the most northerly permanent survey mark on mainland Australia.

Post 391 Loyality Beach

Ian Collard
July 27, 2021

Loyality Beach

The end of a different day. We woke this morning to find the passenger door ajar and the inside of the car having been gone through and Ann's wallet missing.

Turns out we weren't the only ones and a group had been in the park several times during the night looking for anything they could pinch.

After talking to a detective this morning and then waiting for a forensic team all day  we went through the car properly and while things had been disturbed we found the wallet and cash. 🙂

 

Loyality Beach

We had a powered site but not right on the beach. When we arrived we did have uninterrupted sea views but that didn't last long as other campers set up on the beach.