Tackling the Tele – Weipa

It was a relatively short drive from Laura and we arrived in Weipa around lunchtime.  Everyone split up to do their own thing and met up again later in the day at the caravan park.

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View from in front of our campsite …. plenty of crocs out there!

Weipa is a relatively big town …. well very, very tiny compared to say Sydney!, but for the townships on the cape, it’s a relatively large town with most facilities available.  Weipa sits on the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula, on the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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The region in and around Weipa is very rich in bauxite and this has led to Rio Tinto operating the Weipa bauxite mine for many years.  They are in the process of extending their operations to another site in the area aswell.  There is some big money being spent on infrastructure in the area and some big money coming out of the mines.  The first thing you notice as you get closer to Weipa is that the condition of the road significantly improves!  Then you see the traffic lights and the boom gates as you cross the mine access road to enter the town.

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We had all booked on a sunset cruise with Western Cape Eco Tours.  We had done this exact cruise when we were in Weipa 5 years ago and it was such a great night we couldn’t recommend it highly enough.  Everyone took our recommendation and we booked on for a couple of hours of relaxing, history and crocodile sightings.

 

You’d think being a ‘sunset cruise’ I would have mentioned that we watched an amazing Weipa sunset aswell, well think again!  We didn’t even come close to getting a sunset that night, very disappointing, but what can you do!  At least we saw plenty of crocs.

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Here’s what the sunset should have looked like! (taken on our cruise in 2013).

The cruise itself runs for about 2 hours and takes you around the Embley River to see the wildlife and of course the sunset.  The price of the cruise includes beer, champagne, soft drink and yummy antipasto platters.

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Western Cape Eco Tours are a small family owned company who love their town and love showcasing its natural beauty.  They had only just started out when we took our first cruise with them and we are so glad business is going so well for them.  If you are ever in the area, you really must look these guys up.

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Contact Details

Western Cape Eco Tours

Website:  www.westerncapeecotours.com.au 

Email:  westerncapeecotours@bigpond.com

Telephone:  0447 009 044

Tours depart from Evans Landing Boat Ramp, Weipa QLD 4874


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Cape York 2018

So we’ve returned from Cape York and we had the most amazing time, but as you would have realised we didn’t do too well on the blog writing while we were away!

Anyone who follows us on Facebook & Instagram would have been kept up to date with plenty of photos, but unfortunately our blog community was a little neglected!

You see, it was just too hard this time travelling in a big group, too much time socializing and drinking! 🍻, we just didn’t find the time to write and post the blogs.

But don’t fret, we didn’t forget you all, there are plenty of photos, videos and stories coming your way …. so sit back and enjoy!

⬇️Check out the short video below of some of the 4WDing we did up the cape!

 

We will also take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful friends for an awesome trip filled with amazing memories. Also thank you to mum and dad who looked after the house and animals while we were away (and everything else you did!). Thank you both so much xx …… Gelly & Charli loved having nonna and Gedo here to stay!🐾

And lastly thank you again to our mechanic, Adam from A1 Autohaus, for getting the Prado ready for the trip, we nearly got by without an issue this time, but more on that later!

Tackling the Tele – Laura to Weipa

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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Tackling the Tele … the journey begins!

This adventure starts today!

We first did this trip back in 2013 as part of our honeymoon and we are beyond excited to be back here doing it again!  This time we have a total of 6 x 4WD’s, 1 x Camper Trailer, 12 x Adults and 3 x Children and we are all absolutely pumped for the weeks ahead!  As we all came from different parts of Sydney and QLD we all made our way up to Cairns as our starting point.  After a group dinner and drinks last night for everyone to meet each other, we met up again early this morning to start our trip.

Our first stop of the morning was Port Douglas. While we were up here we figured it was a chance for everyone else to see a little more of this beautiful area.  Surrounded by palm trees, it’s not hard to realise you are in paradise.  This is the perfect place to come and chill.  The town is built for tourists, with many cafes, bars, day spas and of course shops.  It’s kind of got a bit of an upmarket Byron Bay feel about it. Far too touristy for us, but beautiful for sure.

Next it was a short drive to the small town of Mossman.  Sitting at the foot of the hills and surrounded by cane fields, Mossman is a small town in tropical North Queensland, not far north of Cairns.  It’s a pretty little town with country stores dotted along the beautiful tree-lined the Main Street.

Just out of town you’ll find the famous Mossman Gorge, which sits in the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park.  The Mossman River tumbles over huge granite boulders that line the gorge and this creates the perfect freshwater swimming hole.  The water is crystal clear and it’s cold, very cold!  I think this is our 3rd visit to Mossman Gorge and the water has been freezing on every visit …. some people call it refreshing!

It’s very much a tourist orientated place now, with plenty of money making, completely different to our previous visits. It’s still a stunning area, but it’s definitely lost a bit of its charm.

The Kuku Yalanji people are the indigenous inhabitants of this area with history dating back 50,000 years.

Our last stop of the day, and our home for the night, will be Laura, a very tiny little town with only a few buildings, of course including a pub …. the old Quinkan Pub, and this is where we are planning on camping for the night.

This area is known as Quinkan country, after the Aboriginal spirits which are depicted at the Aboriginal rock art sites in the area, Split Rock and Gu Gu Yalangi.  Another little bit of history, apparently in 1873 Archibald Macmillan was exploring in the area and named the local river, Laura, after his wife.


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Goodbye Sydney!

All the preparation, trip planning, packing and last-minute hassles (nothing like getting the 4WD back from your mechanic 4 days before leaving or getting a windscreen replaced 18 hours before leaving!) has been worth it and we are finally on our way.

We left home Tuesday morning and headed north for the start of our trip. George was actually working on Tuesday and Wednesday so we visited some customers around the Port Macquarie and Kempsey areas before spending the night at a motel in Kempsey.

Wednesday morning we were up bright and early to head off further north to see more customers for the day. As we were getting out of the 4WD we met a lady in the main street of Kempsey and she asked where we were headed and we told her Cape York. Her response was ‘oh my son is heading up there this week too’. Somehow we get the feeling that we were right, this is going to be totally different to our last visit, it’s gonna be hectic up there!

Tonight we are staying with friends just north of Brisbane. Always great to catch up with this beautiful little family, lots of fun and laughs, a few drinks – and tonight to watch the State of Origin – go the blues!

Tomorrow morning we meet up with Stewy & Rori, the first of our Cape York travel mates, to start the big drive north!

Safe travels to our other Sydney based friends who are starting the drive north today.


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The countdown is on ….

We have just over 4 weeks left before we start our journey up north to Cape York.  We are both so excited to be heading back up to this amazing part of the country again.

Those of you who have been following us for a while will recall that we did this trip as part of our honeymoon back in 2013.  During that trip our friends who were meant to join us had engine trouble in the first few days and unfortunately couldn’t complete the trip so we ended up doing it alone.

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Here we are, 5 years later and we are about to embark on the amazing journey to the cape again, but this time we have another 5 4WD’s joining us (along with Stewy in his new, hopefully problem free vehicle!).

As we are all coming from different parts of Sydney and Queensland, we will all meet in Cairns on Sunday 15th July to start our epic ‘Tackling The Tele’ trip!

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Below is our itinerary

  • Cairns – Laura
  • Laura – Archer River Roadhouse
  • Archer River Roadhouse – Weipa
  • Weipa – Bramwell Station
  • Bramwell Station – Eliot Falls
  • Eliot Falls – Seisa (few days in Seisa)
  • Seisa – Captain Billy Landing
  • Captain Billy Landing – Chili Beach
  • Chili Beach – Musgrave Roadhouse
  • Musgrave Roadhouse – Elim Beach
  • Elim Beach – Lions Den Hotel
  • Lions Den Hotel – Cape Tribulation
  • Cape Tribulation – Cairns

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Of course we will be driving the famous Old Tele Track, as well as some of the other more well-known tracks up there such as Battle Camp Road, Frenchman’s Track and the CREB Track.

After what was apparently quite a ‘wet’ wet season up north, the track conditions are still quite damp and muddy and the water crossings seem fairly deep.  We have a feeling the new winch might be getting a bit of a workout!  Although a lot can change in a few weeks, so we will wait and see!

We can assure you there will be plenty of photos and videos of the trip, so stay tuned!  We will be writing blogs where possible, but most photos and videos will be posted on Instagram and Facebook so make sure you are following us on social media to keep up to date!

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