Cape York, are you ready for us?
Trip Start Sep 24, 2013
5Trip End Sep 29, 2013
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Back in 1993 , Rick and I were camped at a caravan park in Airlie Beach. Parked near us were another couple ( Frank and Marion ) in their van . We said hello, learned that their home was in Germany and that they were on a year's tour of Australia. They were on the last leg of their travels before flying back home. We spend a lovely evening with them and organised for the four of us to sail to Whitehaven Beach the next day. Lots of talking and the subject of Cape York came up. Yes we all said, one day we will go there, not thinking anymore about it.
We kept in contact with each other, were lucky enough to see them in 1999/2000 when they visited Australia again . On our trips to Europe in 2011 and 2012 we visited Frank and Marion's home as well. The subject of Cape York came up many times and the promise once again that we would all go there one day
Frank and Marion once again came here for a visit. Prior to their arrival, we organised a guided, 5 day fully catered for tour to Cape York. So after 20 years of planning, watch out Cape York , we are on our way.
This morning the four of us drove to Cairns Airport to catch the 7.00am flight to Horn Island. There are 9 other passengers beside us on this trip , and we were all seated together. The plane was pretty empty, so when we flew over the Great Barrier Reef , we could all grab a window seat and look down. Great views which are very hard to capture on camera. We were transfered to Thursday Island by a short ferry ride and were able to spend the next 4 hours playing tourist at our leisure. The island itself is not much but the views are magnificant. You cannot stop looking at the ocean which projects the bluest colour I have ever seen. You just keep looking at it.
Back to the wharf again by 2pm as we had to catch the 2.30 ferry to the mainland. This took just over an hour with some pretty rough patches.
Our tour guide Mark met us at the wharf ( called Seisia wharf ) and introduced us to our mode of transport for the next 4 days. A bloody big OKA 4 wheel drive which looks like it can go anywhere with a big trailer behind it. We called that the chuck wagon. Loaded our bags on, hopped inside and we drove to our first camp site, which was a beachfront campsite ( yes tents and all ) on the tropical shores of Torres Strait. Lovely place. In no time at all the kettle was boiling, tea and coffee made and the BBQ lit ( open fire ) to cook our steaks. How Mark did that so fast we will never know. Guess he is experienced.
So a good first day. Tomorrow we will visit the very tip of the mainland Australia. After all that is why we are here.
See you tomorrow.