It was a leisurely start for the day as we left Weipa and took the Batavia Downs track towards Bramwell Station. It was during this journey that our Prado started flashing up some warning lights on the dash, it appeared that there was an issue with the 4WD system, but as we had no reception or internet service it was hard to ascertain exactly what was wrong.
We waited until we arrived at Bramwell Station and then set about trying to fix the problem, as a Prado without low range was not going to be a fun Prado to be in on the tele track! The scan tool wasn’t showing any error codes, but there was obviously something wrong so George & Liam set about trying to work it out. Eventually, after trying everything else, they decided to just ‘clear’ all error codes (even though there weren’t any!) and the lights disappeared. A few quick tests and it was confirmed that the 4WD gears were working again! Little did we know this problem was going to keep popping up during the trip, but at least for now we knew we’d have low range on the tele track.
Now if you are looking for the perfect place to stay before you tackle the Old Tele Track, then you really need to get yourself to Bramwell Station (not Bramwell Junction, but Bramwell Station). It’s the same family that own both properties, but if you want a fun-filled night, full of laughs and entertainment, then you need to stay at the station.
Bramwell Station is the most northerly cattle station in Australia, but apart from being a working cattle station, it’s a great tourist park with accommodation units and a huge camping ground.
The video below shows Matt (our self-appointed table captain) trying to get our table to sing the loudest!
We stayed here on our last trip and thought it was great, but stay here in the peak tourist season and you really see what this place has to offer. The ringing of the station’s bell signals happy hour at the bar and of course we were all there ready and waiting! But this was just the start of the night. Most of us chose to have the buffet dinner and that was money well spent. There is live entertainment at the station every night during the peak tourist season. The beers were flowing, the food was plentiful and the entertainment was great. Plenty of laughs were had this night, it was absolutely the perfect way to relax before we tackled the old tele track the next morning.
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