Trip Start Sep 24, 2013
5Trip End Sep 29, 2013
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South to Coen then on to the historic telegraph station of Musgrave. Travel on into Lakefield National Park,Queensland largest at 537000 hectares ( 1.25 million acres ) and a great wildlife spotting opportunity. Enjoy the peace of this remote outback location. In the evening relax around the campfire.We camp in the National Park tonight.
We both woke up on daybreak and decided to get up and put the kettle on. One of our crew was already up and boiled the kettle and got our cups ready for us. " I knew you would be up early " she said, so she got everything ready. We had a nice chat before everyone woke up, very peaceful as well. Once everyone was up we broke up camp. We are getting pretty good at this now and only take 15minutes to pull it all down and put stuff away. Routine, that's what this camping thing is all about. Once again Mark lights the campfire and one of us or more cook the toast over the fire
Next stop the big city of Coen, population maybe 100 or less, I don't know ,and am not realy bothered finding out. It is isolated,dry, messy and very hot. The population is mainly indiginous. Our guide informed us about a little museum at the end of the main street which we visited. Very informative and gave you a good insight of the history in Coen and district. They sure did it tough and probably still do to a certain extend. We were able to buy some cans of beer there although this is a procedure on its own. In order to take alcohol away from the premises I had to fill in several forms stating name, address etc and where I was going to take the drinks. Of course ID was a must. These are the liquor laws to protect the locals from abusing the alcohol. I asked the barmaid if this worked, she smiled and said a distinct NO. Suppose you have to try.
Next stop the historic telegraph station of Musgrave. Good to see and appreciate the hardship these people lived with.
The national park is enormous and very beautiful in its own way. Us Aussies do not appreciate the bush, just crap country to us but our overseas visitors found it interesting and so different. Our tour guide knows a lot about this sort of country and made it more interesting for us.All the bush tracks we drove on gave us a good look at the inner part of the country side
Finally arrived at our campsite. Rick and I were a bit apprehensive about spending another night in a National Park , but our campsite was good with good facilities. Plenty of water although the showers are cold water, but this does not matter because a cold shower is very welcome at this time of the year. Our campsite was very close to a crocodile infested river and were all duly warned not to go for a swim. Went croc spotting at night, you can see their eyes if you shine a torch on the croc. Did not see any, thank goodness.
Lovely evening chatting around the campfire and feeling a little sad that this was our last night.
Home again tomorrow.