Cape York is the northern most point in Oz. Try googleling for driving directions from anywhere to the cape…you won’t get none! Because there are no sealed roads and the road to the top is all dirt roads which you only can access with a 4WD, which everyone in this country owns. So let’s hire one! Hold your horses though. It would not be as easy as I thought to rent a car to the top. Out of the car 10 car rentals I spoke to 2 said yes. One was way too expensive and the other one had a 14 day minimum to go the Cape York and back from Cairns. The plan was to do it between 7-10 days. Luckily though we found a rental in another town. Finally the roadtrip could begin.
Now it will be hard to give a picture of how this trip really was like. It is difficult to describe a trip like this because it is a lot about the actuall trip, being on the road.
Before rolling on the dirt roads you need to deflate the tires of the car as you get more grip with less air than normal. This is my new travelpartner Fra.
We also put some fuel in the car as there would only be two more places to fuel up.
The actual roads are dirt roads from one point an on. This trip only we did 2700km back and forth and about 2000km was all dirt, or gravel as we say here.
The roads changed color often and sometimes you were wondering where you were as it looked like the savannah from time to time.
Below one can see 4 different colors on the same spot. I know this might not be that interesting for some of you but this is what makes it hard to describing this trip. The little things as the road changing color every now and then is not very common that this happens back home with asfalt.
You did not meet another vehicle very often but every time you did you put up your window otherwise all that dust will be eaten by you..
What you can see around you while driving. Termites nests is the first picture.
We’ve been camping everywhere and one of the towns was Coen, this is where we stayed, still camping on the back of the hotel.
To reach the top, you need to cross the Jardine River by ferry. Please note the total distance of car 20m which costs $88 return! #%!@
Along the way we met a few people and one of them told us to go to Alau and camp there, because we did not really know where to camp on the very top we set our way to Alau. Arriving in Alau, exactly as the man had described we were in one part of paradise.
I don’t know how many stories I’ll gather but once again I met incredibly interesting people. This Aussie family, in the caravan behind in the above picture, has left everything and decided to travel for one year around in their own country. They have three kids, 14, 10, 8.
The first one who started speaking with me was the oldest, but the youngest was just around the corner. He was not shy for a second! I wish I could’ve been like that as a kid. Traveling they meet plenty of people and I guess there aren’t always many children around, so why not talk to anyone, they’ll definitely have something interesting to talk about. And yes we did. Just to mention one thing, these kids new more about European countries than plenty of other people I’ve met travelling.
Next day was the final 30km to the top.
Pajinka is the aboriginal name of the top, Cape York.
Looking to the west
Looking south 😉
The color of the water up here was incredibly beautiful! Though you aren’t aloud to swim ’cause of the simple fact of crocodiles and add crazy currents.
To reach the camping area you have to drive through an aboriginal town Umagico. Due to sever floodings that have happened before they build their houses on a level so they dont risk loosing their home.
Here is just a picture of how it could look like when we camped. This time there were no trees around…
Time to head south. Now there were 3 waterfalls which were worth a visit. But first we needed to cross the river though at 12.20 when we arrived it was lunchtime! Haha, so we chatted with the other ones waiting as well.
Fruit Bat Falls. The water here was warmer than the air temperature.
Perfect for me! Badkruka som jag är! 😉
Great great great, don’t want to leave but there are two more falls to see. Lets hit the road again. Now this time we need to go on the Old Telegraph Road (OTP). This is basically just the old road, with heaps of creeks…
As you can see the road is pretty corrugated, rocks are popping up everywhere and this is not the worst…
..you need to pass this too.
Now the water is not the problem…it’s coming out of the creek on the other end. To reach the top of the little hill on the opposite.
Having a rental car we took a lovely picture of the creek and turned.
We had heard about a variety bash which would start now when we were driving south. This was a fundraising bash with old cars, no 4WD, and they do this every year, different routes and for different causes. Now me and my short term memory… Last year they raised 1.8 million dollars but I don’t remember for what cause. This year they did it for babies who were born with an illness or had some troubles anyway.
And they also dressed accordingly to what car they had. There was for instance an M&M car.
Or why not the little mermaid..
Vrooom vroom. Now heading to Weipa on the west coast. A town were nobody can be borned in nor be buried in!
This is one of the 4 guys we met who we travelled parallel with. All were in their fifties.
Arriving at the camping in Weipa one of the first things you notice is all the signs about crocs. Just a week before we were there a croc had killed a dog on the beach. The picture of the croc was on the reception desk.
Weipa is a mining town, as many other cities in Oz. Not much else there that is. So we had booked the mining tour…together with the Grey Nomads (aussies who retired and hit the roads travelling).
These are biiiiiig machines! Now our guide wasn’t the most interesting to listen to…
These are the guys we met and had some great laughs with
We thought we wouldn’t meet the guys again but there they were. I think we met abort 4-5 times along the way. We are talking though about 1000km traveling
Now we were heading East, Cooktown next. Named after captain Cook who once upon a time discovered Australia. No there are a few towns were Aussies say it was Cooks first stop…but I won’t go into that…
Look how beautiful it is around noon when the sun is just on top of you. This tree has a shadow aaaaall around it! Love it!
The oldest pub in Queensland, the Lions Den. You can find aaanything inside here, also people’s signed underwear…
This little boy greated me to the pub 🙂
I’ve soon been here 5 months and the number of crazy letter boxes I’ve seen are many. Unfortunately I haven’t been photographing them but here is one…
Cape Tribulation – where the reef meets the rainforest.
The reef here is very close to land and the rainforest reaches out to the sea. Beautiful place where we camped as well.
Next up…or down…cuz’ we are heading south…was Port Douglas. Not that special but very pretty…maybe in a high class way. Which was Sooo pretty I didn’t even take any pictures.
Here is a lookout named Alexandra’s lookout.
This following picture is for a certain friend of mine who had the brilliant idea to meet “halfway” in Cape Town because Oz is too far away. Have a look at the distance of here to Cape Town and here to Helsinki……
If you had any difficulties seeing the distances it is 20km difference from here…