We finally make it to the top!
Trip Start Jul 29, 2009
45Trip End Oct 29, 2009
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After Canal Creek were Sam and Mistake Creeks. Both of these were fairly straight-forward.
The last crossing of the OTT was Nolan’s Brook. Unfortunately, we had just missed seeing the two cars before us go through (those losers from earlier). There were some people there watching and taking photos. From the look of the photos, the other two cars hit the water at about 30-40kph. The first car went through ok but just went in a bit of a hole. The second car went so fast that the water went up over the roof. He got bogged and started flooding and the first one has to snatch him out. We were really disappointed that we missed seeing them make fools of themselves.
We headed out to the Bypass Rd from here because you can’t cross the Jardine River further up. We got the ferry across ($88 + $11 return) then drove down to the Jardine River crossing from the north to have a look. There wasn’t really much to see, but it certainly wasn’t like the other creek crossings we had been doing – it is wider than the Yarra River in the city, but not as deep.
We drove on to Bamaga, Seisia and Loyalty Beach to have a look at them. Also stopped off at the Croc Tent and bought a couple of t-shirts. We decided to stay at Punsand Bay because the other places looked too dusty. We had dinner at the restaurant/café they have there – fish, chips and salad for $25. It was really nice to sit around in a resort style place for a while.
The second day, we rang up about a tour to Thursday and Horn Islands. The lady wasn’t sure when they would be running one next but she said she would come by in the afternoon to have a talk to us about it.
The third day, Josie and I cleaned out the inside of the cars. We discovered that there was water in the back seat floor well and we’re not really sure how it got there. We spent a while planning the next part of our trip and how long it would take us to get back to Cairns.
It was quite strange to think it would take us 9-10 days to drive home. Sitting at Punsand, it was 3897km and 72 hours to get home (according to Tom Tom).
We had lunch at the restaurant/café where they have AWESOME chips. We sat there for quite a while after finishing, just enjoying the atmosphere. On returning to our site, we found out that we are IN for the tour tomorrow ($115 for ferry, $69 for Horn Island tour).
We got back on the ferry and went to Horn Island. We got picked up by Vanessa in the bus and went to the "resort" and had lunch. It was buffet and lots of Asian food. We got to have a look around the museum until 1pm, then went on the bus again for the tour. We saw the airport and lots of WWII ruins. It was quite interesting to find out that there was quite a bit of action on Horn Island in WWII. Also saw the pandanus tree and the kapok tree.
We went back to the ferry and had to go back to Thursday Island for quarantine. Then we started heading back for Punsand Bay. We went via Possession Island to see the plaque about Captain Cook claiming Australia for England.