Week 1 on the road

Trip Start Jul 01, 2011
Trip End Oct 08, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, July 24, 2011

It's just over a week since we departed Noosa and we are now camped out at Port Douglas ( which is as far north of Noosa as Melbourne is south). When we consult our maps it is clear we still have quite a few kilometres to go to reach the top.

Anecdotal reports suggest the Bloomfield Track north of Cape Tribulation is open for traffic. Until recently the Bloomfield River crossing has been too deep to cross and an alternative route to Cooktown was necessary. We will check again when we get to the Daintree.

We're also hearing reports that the Lakefield National Park north of Cooktown is a bit of a black boggy mess and best avoided. While reports from fellow travellers is useful, we are learning that they are not always reliable and what might be unpassable for one might be an easy drive for another. Again we will verify those reports closer to departing Cooktown. On a positive note, reports suggest the road to the Cape is in the best condition it has been for years - more sections of sealed road and only about 100kms of corrugations to negotiate!

Since departing Noosa we have noted a few things (in no particular order) outlined below.

1) you only pass trucks carrying wide loads on narrow bridges;

2) signs advertising fresh local fruit and vegies by the side of the road are frequently a hoax placed there by people wanting to frustrate tourists;

3) the term 'cafe latte' can be spelt many different ways;

4) ordering a cafe latte can result in some interesting culinary interpretations - some almost devoid of any reference to the cafe component;

5) smoke alarms installed in caravans are programmed to go off as an early morning wake up call regardless of whether there is any smoke about;

6) one parenting technique to deal with troublesome children appears to involve allowing the children to play at the water's edge on beaches with signs warning of the dangers of crocodiles;

7) you have to talk slower to be understood the further north you travel;

8) the supermarket shelves have more products to deter / kill insects than we have ever seen in Melbourne;

9) people are starting to sound and look like Bob Katter;

10) we're social outcasts because we have nowhere to plug a coaxial TV cable into our Tvan.
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Max on

That smoke detector would have been in smitherines after the first morning had I been there!

chris_a on

It has gone battery-less ever since - we ripped its heart out.

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