24.07.2012 - 03.08.2012
We were interested to see Katherine having been Trent's (Brad's twin) home for 6 months many years ago. He carved out didgeridoos here at the local art gallery, one of which is with us this trip. 'Kathy' Gorge was beautiful by kayak although no luck with the barra so it was falafel for dinner, within a nice campsite under the trees within the NP. It would have been a different experience had we had Trent as our tour guide. Maybe next time mate.
On our way south we stopped by Mataranka to check out Bitter hot springs; The beautiful turquoise water carried us down a channel through Lilly pads and mossy logs. Mataranka thermal pool used by generals during the war, was crowded, less natural and not a patch on the Bitter springs. I'm sure it's the warm water that makes you do crazy things!
Like all travelers to this area we spent a night at Daly Waters a quirky, historic pub claiming to be "The Reel Outback Of Oztralia".
They pack em in here! Parking attendant John on bike showed us to our plot 60 odd vans in each row.
There was pub memorabilia covering every inch of the place. A gathering of bras, undies, ID cards, jerseys, photos etc reflecting how many thousands of travelers stop into this town in the middle of no where.
The novelty of the place included a unique show "Reflections Of The Aussie Spirit - 100% Outback Stralian". The most politically incorrect entertainer but hilarious, belly laughing evening.
We crossed the cane toad border into Camooweal, Mt Isa then up towards Karumba near the Gulf of Carpentaria. Forget the big banana, this life size Normanton crocodile was caught and recorded at 8.6m!
The Karumba crew have a unique but appreciated humour...
... We met another lovely young family coasting around and shared our last sunset over the water together.
With the east coast on our minds it was back on the road to get some kms under the belt, on the lookout for hungry cows...
Our overnight stays often turned into two, surprised by the charm a number of the free camps offered.
By avoiding the highway directly to Cairns, we rolled through the stunning mountains of the Atherton Tablelands. Tully Gorge and rainforest was a highlight, Jen admiring the 300m drop from a safe distance...
...including a winding drive through Millaa Millaa and Yungaburra countryside.
Zig zagging down the great dividing range back towards our beloved Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately the sun spoiling the shot but we don't need to show you all how beautiful the east coast is!