Our Adventure to the Top
by Ian and Hope
Top of Australia
Thank you for your guide to the Cape. We went up there from Brisbane in late May and June last year in our AWD Toyota Kluger.
Photo: Lion's Den, Helensvale
We got to Cairns just before the mountain of rain cut everything but managed to get to Cooktown by the inland route. Really liked this town, our pick as the best for the cape.
Photo: Cooktown from Grassy Hill
Using your Destination Guide extensively we drove up the PDR and stayed at Musgrave (very nice), Weipa (ok), Bramwell Junction (good), Seisa (very good and lovely trip to Thursday Island), Punsand Bay (great).
Got to the tip (yahoo, truly awesome), and after nearly getting cleaned up by a convoy of 4WD's made it to Somerset which was very interesting.
Photo: Female Croc on Daintree River
On the way back stayed at Old Telegraph Station (loved it), Musgrave again (the best roadhouse we reckon), drove through Lakefield NP and then back to Cooktown for another look.
Photo: Typical of the PDR
We went over Bloomfield Track to Daintree, then over to the Gulf Country and spent sometime there, at Normanton, Burketown, Lawn Hill Gorge, Cloncurry and home, 6 weeks in all.
Photo: Lunch Stop on PDR
We found your guide invaluable and gave us lots of insight into the whole layout and culture of the Cape, and what to expect, well done
and thank you for preparing and updating it.
Some observations: We found Laura and Coen to be neglected and largely unfriendly looking (couldn't even find a public toilet in Coen!), but Bamaga and Seisa clean, relatively tidy and more welcoming (had a great time on State of Origin night in the fishing club at Seisa).
Photo: Sunrise, Punsand Bay
The roadhouses are really impressive and seem to cater for tourism much better, giving many people a positive experience of the Cape, and providing a place to meet lots of fellow travellers.
Photo: The Lockerbie Rainforest - Near Cape York
We had fun talking to the people at the croc tent at Lockerbie (seems they know you well), they are a great asset to the area.
Photo: Graves at Somerset Beach
The tip was lovely and unspoilt, certainly not overdeveloped, we had to ask for directions as to which way to walk. Something needs to be done about Somerset soon before it disappears which would be a shame as there is such a story there. Perhaps a major project for the council.
Photo: Looking Down on the Tip
Anyway, I have been meaning to give you this feedback for sometime, but finally got it done. Our observations are our own thoughts and we realise that other people may have different experiences and views, but that's the way we saw it.
Ian and Hope