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Aug 20, 2016 - Bloomfield Falls

Another change since I was last here is that the road south along the coast to Cairns (the Bloomfield Track) is now sealed all the way to Bloomfield Falls. Coming north it’s sealed to Cape Tribulation so there’s only a stretch of 36km of 4WD track. I’m told that this stretch has a couple of nasty creek crossings so who knows when it will go all the way through. That route to Cairns is about 100 km shorter than the current inland road so would be very popular with caravanners. Today I drove the 80 km to Bloomfield Falls which was all new...

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Aug 19, 2016 - Cooktown

The weather seems to be stuck in the same pattern this week – showers overnight & in the morning then clearing about lunch-time to a clear sunny afternoon with a top temperature of about 30C. After the weather cleared today, I did some local sightseeing around Cooktown. I’d seen it all before but I still enjoyed following in Cook’s footsteps which is easy to do because there are information signs all over town with quotes from Cook’s & Joseph Banks’ journals. Their 6 weeks here in 1770 repairing the Endeavour after running onto the Barrier...

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Aug 17, 2016 - Cooktown

The weather has been quite showery for the last few days so I haven't strayed very far from the caravan. Today was much better so I had a good look around the town & was very pleased to find that not much has changed since I was here in 2007. They've built a new roundabout, put a shade cover on the bowling green & have nearly finished a new hardware store & that's about it.

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Aug 15, 2016 - Cairns to Cooktown

I don’t know whether it rained overnight or there was just a very heavy dew but there were loud drips onto the roof of the caravan all night from the trees overhead. I kept waking up so was a bit sluggish this morning & didn’t get away until about 9:15am. It was very overcast & I had to drive through cloud going up the hill to the Atherton Tableland. It’s a steep climb for about 15km to Kuranda & it’s the first time I’ve tested out the car on such a hill but it had no problems pulling the van. It got down to 3rd gear a couple of times but I...

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Jun 3, 2016 - Day 46-48

Day 46 Through Lake land to Cooktown had a look around and up to the lookout it was so steep that we looked at ourselves coming down and just as we got to the bottom the car stalled and no go any more, Rang RACQ and they said that the fuel pump had died, from the time we first got in contact with RACQ we waited 4 hours before , they took the car and towed the camper to a caravan park where we will be for the next 2 days maybe more by now we nearly have a new car. Walked the town, it’s very interesting in its history. Day 47 Checked out IGA...

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RUSSANDY 2016

Nov 4, 2014 - Cooktown Characters

We had such a great time in Cooktown staying at Graeme's place and seeing all the local sights. If you ever come to Cooktown make sure you visit the James Cook Museum - it was excellent!! We certainly met some Cooktown Characters - Graeme of course being one!! He loves to have a chat and was the perfect host. He is replacing his engine head in his 60's Land cruiser but was very keen to take us down the Endeavour River for some fishing and Croc spotting. He bought his boat new 30 years ago and has never towed it with another car so it was...

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Pep family road trip

Oct 23, 2014 - Cooktown

When we were in My Molloy we got chatting to Graeme about the Goanna's climbing the tree. Graeme has been a Cooktown local for 28 years and kindly offered for us to camp on his property while we are in Cooktown. He lives a few kilometres out of Cooktown on 8 acres and has 2 dogs - Patches (about 8yrs old) and Chubby a very naughty but cute puppy only a few months old. Of course, Charlie has no trouble fitting in with both dogs and is having a ball swimming croc free in Graeme's dam several times a day. Graeme also has 11 Guinea pigs, two of...

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Pep family road trip

Jul 27, 2014 - Cooktown, Queensland, Australia

As the crow flies, Cooktown is only about 75 km (47 miles) north of Cape Tribulation. There is a road between them called the Bloomfield Road that is about 104 km (65 miles) long, but it is a very rough, twisty four-wheel-drive dirt track over hill and dale and fording creeks that our little motorhome would not handle well. The only other choice is to drive back south to Mossman (having crossed on the Daintree Ferry) and around on the Mulligan Highway through Lakeland to Cooktown, a total of about 320 km (200 miles). So that’s exactly what...

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2014-Australia

Feb 14, 2014 - Outer Barrier Reef Cruise

Took a wave piercer catamaran out to Great Barrier Reef, to platform, Agincourt (ribbon reef), very outer edge of reef, Put on wet suit, eye mask, flippers and in we went to snorkeling. saw beautiful fish and reefs. Had to wear wet suits due to Box jellyfish can be fatal. Went on observatory boat to see more fish, saw huge turtle. Great day

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Feb 14, 2014 - Kuranda, Tjapukai, Skyrail, scenic train tour

spent morning with Indigenous guides, learning about cultures, spears, boomerangs. Tryed both. Tjaupkai dance troupe, bush foods. movie and demonstration on didgenidoo's. Rode the skyrail over rain forest in the rain, stop at Barron Falls Station, on to Kuranda. visited Butterfly Sanctuary, home of over 1500 tropical butterflies. Held a Koala, cute little creature.Saw wallabies and kangaroo. Took Kuranda scenic rail back through rain forest. Sun and rain most of day.

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Jan 11, 2014 - Cooktown

Saturday 11th January A lot of rain today, very much a tropical storm. IT HASN'T STOPPED RAINING. At this stage there has been about 60mm of rain since midnight. Off we go to check out the Historic James Cook Museum, we have heard a lot about this Museum. It has a lot of stories about when Captain Cook grounded the Endeavor on the Barrier Reef in 1770. Then he eventually got the ship into the river so they could repair it. This took him 7 weeks and a lot of heart ache. It was that interesting that we spent over two hours reading all the...

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Jan 10, 2014 - Mossman Gorge and the trip to Cooktown

Thursday 9th January This morning we headed off to check out the Mossman Gorge, this is only about 4kms from Mossman Township. We went to the main entrance and paid our $6 that covers entry to the Gorge (this was never the case when Steph lived here) It also gives you the shuttle bus ride up to the Gorge, which is about 2kms along the road. We got off the bus and walked through the rainforest along the creek, looking at the rapids and the views of the Forrest. They have a boardwalk which takes you through the area. We eventually got to the...

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