After all surviving our first night of camping in Laura, some headed off in the morning to visit the Split Rock Aborignal Rock Art site. We then set out for the days drive, only about 350km, but as it was the start of dirt roads it wasn’t a quick drive.
We stopped in at Hann River roadhouse to relive that day Stewy’s 4WD broke down and to visit the resident Emu, who kept us company last time when we were doing the oil change in Stewy’s 4WD!!.
Next on the list was a stop for a beer at the (S)Exchange Hotel in Coen. Legend has it that in 1976 the Exchange Hotel in Coen was renamed. Apparently a group of plumbers were in town and they put an ‘S’ up in front of the sign on the roof. Other rumors are around but all are fairly similar as to what happened. It was left there and the pub has since been known as the ‘Sexchange Hotel’!
Last night we stayed at the Archer River Roadhouse and you can’t stay here without trying one of their famous Archer Burgers! These things are HUGE!
Today we arrived in Weipa, where we will be spending the night. Weipa is a mining town and is the largest town on the Cape York Peninsula. Rio Tinto basically own the town, they mine and export bauxite, with exports of over 30 million tonnes of bauxite per year. We did a mine tour in our last visit to Weipa and it was very interesting.
Tonight we are all booked on a sunset river cruise with Western Cape Eco Tours, we did this cruise with Stewy and Kristy on our last visit to Weipa and it was amazing so we weren’t missing out on this again. I’m sure there will be plenty of photos for us to share as the sunsets up here are spectacular.
Tomorrow we head off to Bramwell Station for the night, before an early morning start the next day …….. Tackling the Tele track!
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