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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, September 10, 2012

The first stage of today's leg was from Cairns to Innisfail where I stopped for lunch and had my first 'fright’ with the van. It refused to start. There was nothing, complete silence. Now what? After several attempts of turning the key I was convinced the battery was flat…But I wasn’t going to let it beat me and determination prevailed. The automatic leaver wasn’t fully engaged in the park position and therefore a no go. Really how stupid can one get?

Then it was on to Millaa Millaa, Ravenshoe, Mount Garnet to my final destination Mount Surprise, which is a railway town line on the old Cairns to Forsayth Railway line. It is the centre for gem fossicking with topaz, quartz, spinet, garnet, cairngorm, and aquamarine to be found. Mount Surprise sits on the edge of the immense Undara lava field caused by ancient volcanic eruptions in the McBride Plateau

I apologise if the photos don't correspond with the area...
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