Ok so just a quick post to let you all know that we have a new name! We are now known as ⬇️
But don’t worry, nothing else has changed, we are still the same old George and Shelly and we will still be sharing all our stories and photos of our life and travels as we always have.
Thanks to all of our family, friends and followers for your support and encouragement with all of our adventures. We love sharing our stories with you and if we inspire others to get out there and travel, then we have done our job!
Coffin Bay was a place we had definitely wanted to visit, all the photos you see are stunning. We managed to incorporate a 2 night stay here on this trip and so glad we did. Would have loved to have more time to explore a little more of the coastline, but there is always next time!
After a long drive from Mildura to Coffin Bay …. with the temperature slowly rising the further we travelled (48 degrees when we stopped in Port Augusta for fuel!) we were wondering what we were in for!
Luckily the temperature at Coffin Bay was much more bearable … in fact it was quite cool at times. We camped overlooking Yangie Bay which was great. The local kangaroos visited and grazed right in front of our camp. Driving around the park you’ll see plenty of kangaroos and emus.
We spent the day exploring the whole national park and it was absolutely beautiful. Such a stunning area, the colour of the water is something you need to see to believe. If you have been to Western Australia, it’s very similar to the waters around the Coral Bay area of WA.
Boxing Day saw us have an early 4am start for our drive to South Australia. Definitely glad we weren’t heading north …. we had no traffic at all in our direction!
We drove just over 1,000km and arrived in Mildura in Victoria where we decided to spend the night. After an early start, a big days driving and the 44 degree temperatures we decided to check into a hotel and make the most of some air conditioning! It was still over 40 degrees at 7pm!
The next morning we left around 7am for our drive to our first destination, Coffin Bay in South Australia. After passing through the quarantine inspection station (which we forgot about!) and saying goodbye to our tomatoes 🍅 we headed to Renmark for coffee and breakfast.
It was another big day of driving and we arrived at Coffin Bay in the late afternoon and headed out to the national park to set up camp …. and what a great campsite we had overlooking Yangie Bay.
The beautiful Chili Beach is located within the Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park. Kutini means cassowary and Payamu means rainbow serpent.
This park is home to the largest remaining area of lowland rainforest in Australia and is also home to an abundance of wildlife. There are birds living here that are only found in this area and New Guinea.
Chili Beach would have to be one of our favourite campsites in the cape, it’s just a beautiful area that is nestled in between the reef and the rainforest. Camping does need to be pre-booked as it’s in the national park and you are allocated your own campsite. It does get quite windy so you are best to try to get one of the campsites away from the beach, or at least sheltered.
We arrived at camp and met up with Jim & Jacky and Graham & Nolene who had already arrived, set up and were in relax mode! We all set up camp and then took our camp chairs out onto the beach and spent the afternoon sitting out there with a few drinks in hand. George took the drone for a flight and the kids had fun exploring the beach.
It’s such a beautiful area, but like many places up there, its torture looking at the beautiful blue water and knowing you cannot swim due to the stingers, crocodiles and sharks.
After a great night at Chili Beach, there was nothing better than to wake up to another amazing sunrise to start the day.
After leaving Captain Billy Landing we were on our way to one of our favourite campsites in the whole of the Cape region – Chili Beach. First up it was a stop at the Bramwell Junction roadhouse for a few of the vehicles to top up fuel (and our tummies!)
There are two ways you can reach Chili Beach, down the main road or via the more exciting 4WD track, the Frenchmans Track – I’m sure you can guess which way we chose to go! Two of our vehicles took the main road to Chili Beach, but 4 of us wanted a little more fun.
Not long after starting out on the track we hear over the CB “ah, hang on guys I think we’ve got a flat” …. not too bad, 10 days into the trip and the first flat tyre on any of the vehicles. After a short stop on the track while Stewy did a tyre change we were all on our way again.
This can be a difficult track and it’s recommended for experienced drivers with high clearance 4WD’s, but it’s definitely a lot of fun. It’s not so much the track itself that is difficult, it’s the river crossings. Generally it’s well into the dry season before tackling this track is even possible, due to the depth of the river crossings.
This track crosses the Wenlock River and the Pascoe River. The entry/exit banks can be a little challenging and many say that the Pascoe River crossing is the hardest of all on the Cape as it’s very deep and the current is quite strong. The depth of the Pascoe can easily be 700mm or so.
If you are interested in reading a little of the history of the Frenchmans Track click here and you will be taken to the Cape York Australia Trip Planner page. For anyone planning a visit to Cape York, this page is a great source of information, written and constantly update by a Cape York local.
Our last visit to Captain Billy Landing was by far our worst night of camping we have ever had, there were thunderstorms, torrential rain, cyclonic winds and the road into the campground had more corrugations than the rest of the cape put together, it really was horrible! The view once you were there was nice, but even that didn’t make up for it and we vowed never to return again ….. yet 5 years later we found ourselves back in this exact same spot!
To our surprise, this time the road in was amazing and the wind (which this area is renowned for) wasn’t even that bad, we actually really enjoyed our stay this time.
We arrived relatively early in the day and it was quite hot at camp, so a few of us found some shallow little pools on the water’s edge to sit in and cool off …. always with a watchful eye out for crocodiles which are plentiful in this area!
Some of the boys and the kids went for an explore down the beach and saw a huge crocodile slide going into one of the creeks, it’s scary thinking of what may be watching you!
And speaking of things watching you, we had a large snake near the toilet block and another smaller one in the shelter watching us cook dinner. Of course Shelly had to climb up to check him out and take photos! He looked very similar to our little pet snake Sam.
Captain Billy Landing gets its name from a nearby creek, which itself was named in 1880 after an aboriginal man who called himself Captain Billy.
This area itself was an experimental cattle export site. As you drive in there is an area of grassland which is the site of an old cattle paddock, where cattle were rested prior to being shipped off to market. You can still see the concrete ramp near the shelter which was installed to allow the loading of the cattle onto barges for transport to market at Bamaga & Weipa.
We had the whole campsite to ourselves
A few of us rose early and braved the wind to watch and photograph the sunrise which was beautiful. No better way to start your day than with a view like this.
After a morning of checking out the plane crash sites we drove back into Bamaga to grab some supplies from the bakery. We got some great cakes and pies from here on our last visit, but this time their produce was pretty bare and what we did manage to buy was nice, but not great. I wonder if they’ve changed hands since our last visit.
We did later find out that the supply boat had apparently broken down and supplies had been delayed by days ……. this obviously affected the bakery and also the supermarket, which had no supplies of bread or cold meat etc. One of the downsides of living in a remote area.
Next on the bucket list was a stop at the Bamaga Tavern. Why you may ask? Well to have a beer in the northern most pub on the Australian mainland of course!
After a few beers and lunch we all headed back to camp to relax for the afternoon. It was incredibly hot, so we both decided to go for a drive around the area while the others relaxed back at camp. We took a drive through Umagico and Injinoo and found a great little park right on the water. It was a beautiful spot and the breeze was great, it was a much more bearable temperature than it was back at camp!
While George took the drone for a few flights, Shelly walked around taking photos.
I love the photo below, it really sums up the cape region, the colours in this photo really say ‘Cape York’. The blue of the sky, the green of the tropical palm trees, the rich red of the dirt, the sand and the beautiful aqua blue water that surrounds the land, this is what it’s all about, this is why we love the area.
While we were all off exploring for the day, Jim & Jacky and David & Maria were off on their own adventure, a day trip to the beautiful Thursday Island. This is another stunning place to visit and again, filled with history. We spent a day on Thursday Island during our last visit to the cape and loved it.
Back at camp we experienced another amazing cape sunset.
What better way to end the night and discuss the days adventures than a campfire on the beach ….. yes this is the life.
During our travels over the years we’ve come to realise that not everything always goes to plan, not everything can be controlled all the time and sometimes you just need to adapt, suck it up and deal with it! Here’s our list of what we’ve learned ……..
It’s inevitable that bugs, dirt and sand will become like seasoning to your meals!
BABY WIPES are my favourite thing, we have them everywhere! They are our daily shower, they clean our hands, they wipe down tables and clean the bench top, and they’ve even been used to wash cutlery and plates when we haven’t had water!
Your feet will always be dirty, you just live with it!
We can go days without a shower and don’t even miss it …… until you eventually have a nice hot shower and you realise what you were missing!
Now this one we stole from the Uncut Aussie Adventures list, but this couldn’t be more true! ……. You absolutely relish in the 30 minute bug free change over between the flies going to bed and mozzies waking up. ………. OMG, we couldn’t agree with this more, you literally go from a million flies on you to none and there is that miniscule window of time, of total bliss, where there are absolutely no bugs around at all …. But then the mozzies wake up!
Swimming is perfectly acceptable to class as a ‘shower’.
White clothing should never be taken camping!
If you travel the outback, be prepared to throw out your clothing upon return, as everything will end up a slightly pink/brown colour as it’s tinged with red dirt.
Once you’ve done one outback trip your 4WD will forever after bleed red dirt. No matter how many times you wash it or think it’s clean, it will never ever be that case again! The only way to rectify this is to sell it and buy a new one!
Hold back on the packing as you will always take more food and clothes than you really need.
We love Zip lock bags! OK well Shelly does, but she’s converted George too!
Always replace a beer when you take one out of the fridge, one for one every time! No-one wants to find no cold beers in the fridge!
Never ever leave garbage or food unattended as hungry animals are hiding everywhere! So our very first visit to Fraser Island a dingo took George’s roll within about 15 min of us arriving at camp, lesson learnt! ….. OK maybe we did have another small incident with a cow at Mt Elizabeth Station in WA, but we won’t go into that! But yes we’ve seen dingoes, cows, birds, horses, wild dogs & even emu’s breaking into people’s campsites, eating their food & spreading their rubbish around!
Earlier this year we briefly mentioned in our Year in Review blog that we had been approached by Cub Campers to be interviewed for their ‘Cub Stories’.
Late in 2017 we were approached by Cub Campers to see if we would like to feature in one of their ‘Cub Stories’, after they had seen our adventures on Instagram. We love our Cub Brumby and the freedom it’s brought to us so we were more than happy to tell everyone all about it!
On Australia Day 2018 we headed away for a long weekend camping trip with some friends and it was here that we met up with Fiona from Cub Campers to film our story.
People who follow us on Social Media would have already seen the video, but we’ve had a few other people ask about it, so here it is!
The above video is from the Cub Campers YouTube channel and remains the property of Cub Campers.
The day we filmed was incredibly hot, we had our friends heckling from the sidelines and we had two whingeing dogs to deal with (thanks to Emma for babysitting them while we were interviewed!), but it was a lot of fun and it was great to meet Fiona and learn a little more about the Cub Campers business.
Anyone who has been camping or caravanning for a while knows how important it is to keep the clutter to a minimum. You start off thinking you need everything with you or you just won’t survive a night away from home …. let alone a week or more! Over time you soon come to realise that you have too much ‘stuff’ that just doesn’t get used and takes up precious space or weight allowances. So when you find a product that saves space and makes your life a little easier, you do excited!
Every now and then a product comes along and we just think ‘wow, why didn’t we think of that’! Well this is one of those products. And guess what, this idea came about by another camper who had that exact lightbulb moment, another camper just like you and I who wanted to make life easier.
This product couldn’t be easier, everything simply clips together on your lanyard, you walk to the shower and hang it over the shower head or the hook on the door and everything is right there at your fingertips. No more leaving bottles behind after your shower, no more rummaging through bags to find what you are looking for and no more having to put things on the dirty floor.
So, before we go any further we must say that the wonderful people at Shower Ezy provided us with the Shower Ezy – ‘The Complete Set’ for free for us to review. So below we will give our honest opinion of the product. We did also purchase a few things ourselves so will review them as well.
Shower Ezy offer a range of different products including silicone bottles of 2 different sizes, toothbrush/toothpaste bag, toiletries bag, body loofas, mini LED USB torch, soap bag/holders and key fob …. they’ve got it all covered.
Their ‘Adventure Pack’ is your go-to pack which includes everything, a lanyard, silicone bottles, loofah, microfiber towel, USB torch and toothbrush/toothpaste bag, as well as a water-resistant drawstring bag to store it all in. How awesome is that!
Now these guys really have thought of everything, even the bottles are sized at 98ml to suit the carry on baggage limits of airline requirements (which is required to be 100ml or less). So many people are travelling with carry on luggage nowadays so this makes it ultra easy.
We are reviewing the products we have received.
Shower Ezy – The Complete Set – This set sells for $34.50. This set is what started the whole venture of Shower Ezy, it’s the complete set of everything you need to make shower time easier. It includes a lanyard in your choice of colours (Orange, Hot Pink, Navy BlueorTurquoise) – we chose Hot Pink (ok, ‘we’ didn’t choose Hot Pink, Shelly chose Hot Pink)!
As well as the lanyard, you receive 3 silicone bottles and a body loofa.
Mini LED Torch – USB Rechargeable– This torch sells for $4.20, doesn’t get much better than that! It’s water-resistant and rechargeable by USB which makes it super handy for us to charge either in the 4WD or the camper trailer. To be honest, for such a small torch it’s quite bright, it would be perfect to take to the toilet/shower at night or keep in the camper trailer for late night toilet calls! It’s so small and lightweight that you could even keep it in your handbag to have on hand for any occasion.
Toothbrush/Toothpaste Bag – This product sells for $4.50. This little bag is designed to hold your toothbrush/toothpaste/razor. Made from mesh, with a nylon base, it means it will dry quickly so no need to worry about putting your wet razor or toothbrush back in here. The drawstring pull keeps everything safe and secure and it’s easy to clip onto your lanyard.
Key Fob – This product sells for $3.90 and is designed to keep your keys safe and secure. The design makes it easy to clip on and off the lanyard, so no chance of losing your keys while you visit the amenities block. George has already claimed our one of these!
The bottles are designed from non-drip, non-spill, non-toxic food grade silicone and can hold whatever you like, eg shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shower gel, moisturiser, sunscreen. Each bottle features a twisting lid to display what you have inside. There is one blank display, aswell as Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap and Lotion.
Personally we are going to keep one of these in the 4WD with sunscreen, waterless handwash and aloe vera in the bottles. This way they are always on hand when we are out and about and easy to just grab the lanyard when going to the beach or for a walk.
Buy one for each of the kids and no more arguments about who is going to use the shampoo first, no more carting different bottles to the shower block and no more leaving things behind after your shower.
Whether you are into camping or not, this would be handy. Think hotels, weekends away, school camps, work conferences etc. What you use this for and how you use it is totally up to you, the options are endless, just think about what is going to work for you.
Lastly we need to say that the one thing that really stood out about this company was the personal service that we received, the personal emails to let us know our order was on its way and even the personal note with our order to say ‘thanks’. Also included is a little flyer on how to use the bottles. It’s this personal service that you don’t often receive nowadays so it was certainly a pleasant surprise.
Ordering couldn’t be easier, this is all done online via their easy to use website. There is a small shipping charge, as you would expect, and orders are posted out via Australia Post satchel, with tracking numbers.
Shower Ezy are based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.