Cape York - Top of Aus
Trip Start Jun 27, 2012
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The next moring we rose at 6 am for a 8 am departure. The efficency of the group in packing up the camp ment we departed at 7.30 am for the hour long jouney to the top of the cape called "Pajinka" in Aboriginal language or simply the tip in English. The journey to the tip took us through a splendid bit of rainforest called the "Lockerbie Scrub". After parking the 4X4 we had about a 15 walk along the tip of the headland to reach Pajinka itself. After another group had left we had the place to ourselves for a few minutes for some photo time. It was an amazing experience and the goal of the trip to hold the Austalian flag at the top of this most incredible country had been achieved. It was all downhill form here :). Returning to Liberty Beach for lunch we passed quite alot of oncomming traffic so the early start had been very beneficial. After luch we headed south crossing the mighty Jardine River and stopped briefly at the sight of a famous plane wreck on Cape york ( all six passengers had been killied in May 1942, incredibly they were only 1 km from their intended landing place and the mystery is why they didn't make it) and driving down the start of the very rugged old Telegraph track to reach our campsite for day 2 at Elliot Falls. This place was the highlight of the whole trip for myself. A very short walk from the campsite we were presented with a beautiful spring of fresh cold water from the earth's surface flowing down stream over varying sizes of rugged rock with the most copious and clear water one could imagine
Day three started at the same time as day two and so would the last two days. After packing up camp we headed to Fruit back Falls. This place was very similar to Elliot Falls and we enjoyed a lovely early morning swim here.After this we headed back down the the Old Telepgrah route to the main road to head towards our lunch time spot at Palm Creek ( Palm Creek is at the end of the old telepgrah section we had been on that morning so we had joined the final bit of the track from the main road) . Palm Creek is a very impressive creek crossing and it looks like it would be impossible to pass. We were enjoying our lunch at this site hoping that someone would attempt the crossing. A few people arrived, investigated the crossing and immediately returned down the track they had came clearly not taking the risk of destroying thier 4X4. We had actually departed the area when 3 4X4's approached and to our joy they were crossing. A very quick U-turn by Andy and we were all in place cameras at the ready to witness this most amazing creek crossing. Andrew later admitted that he has a 100% strike rate at Palm Creek so his perfect ratio was almost no more. After lunch we headed for our camp site at the Archer River
Day 4 same drill as usual and we head south to the town of Coen where we had some time to explore the town and visit the most impressive museum with plenty of interesing facts. In the afternoon we headed into the most impressive Lakefield National Park ( nicknamed the Kakodoo of Queensland) which possesses 1.25 million acres. We saw a croc about 5-10 meters from a creek bank just eerily waiting there for some dinner, we saw a Dingo on the road, plenty of different types of birds, amazing scenery and just overall wildnerness. We were ten Kilometers away from Camp when Andrew suddenly stopped in the middle of the road. The Trailer at the rear of our Vehicle holding all our food supplies and sleeping equipment was no longer attached, it had completely snapped in half crossing a rugged, rough dry creek. We were stranded 10 km's from camp, at a croc and snake infested creek and with no toliets. We had no choice but to set up camp
The next morning the boss and Andrew had fixed the van and we set off on time. We travelled to Quirkan Country and through Laura, We also stopped at an old cattle ranch home near Laura, it was very interesting. After Laura we arrived at Split Rock to view ancient Aborigianl Rock Art dated in excess of 13,000 years old depicting traditional activities and culture. The start of this climb was quite steep and demanding so the impressive rock art at the top was a nice reward for this trek. We then crossed the Palmer River and had lunch. In the afternoon we crossed the amazing Great Dividing Range and hit the coast road that brough us all the way back into Cairns. This brilliant expedition was now over and I will remember it and the brilliant expereince for a long time.