Cape Trib to Cooktown
A 4WD track from our camp to Bloomfield falls gave Andrew a chance to test out his new toy’s 4WD capabilities. And it needed 4WD capabilities with sections that were 1:3 grade (33%) and hairpin bends. Not to mention quite a few little stream/river crossings. Sam and Andrew are not impressed if I refer to it as a toy. It is a serious car. A Defender. And it attracts serious attention from similar minded people. In our old Land Rover Discovery I was amused to see how LR drivers gave each other a small, subtle little wave as they passed. But the Defender is a whole new category. You might even get a jaunty little toot of the horn, particularly if both cars have similar ‘holiday’ set ups. Our car with boat on top plus camper trailer set up really screams out “holiday”. We have attracted a fair amount of interest and conversations along the way. In Brisbane a guy pulled up alongside and stopped to have a 15 minute chat about a similar trip he had done earlier in the year. He gave us a few tips of where to stay and then asked if he could come with us! Ofcourse Andrew is always chuffed when this happens and has a great time talking to the other man (it always is!) about his Defender, how long he has had it, what additions he has put on it etc. The vanilla grower I mentioned in an earlier post had a Defender too – all set up with solar panels and stuff. He travelled all around Australia in that car and was proud of it. It was hard to get him to stop talking Defenders and start talking Vanilla. But once I got him started….
Doesn’t this look like a lovely spot for a swim? A croc evidently thought so too!
We made it to Cooktown – the end point of our journey. As far north as we can go without getting into Cape York itself (which I would love to do, but we don’t have enough time). Kids are in the James Cook Museum (getting a bit of education to compensate for all that school they are missing), and I am making use of the internet signal this town has.