cooktown.

i personally enjoyed driving the bloomfield track but that feeling was not universal; natalie complained the up and down made her queasy. i guess it is worse on the back seat; anyway, we’ll not be going back the same way. cooktown is the only ‘big’ town on the york peninsula. it traces it’s origins back…

the wet tropics.

that’s really what they call this area, from townsville to cooktown, running along the great barrier reef. the ‘wet tropics of queensland’ is also a a world heritage area adn is on the australian national heritage list. we did get a pretty wet welcome right away, as soon as we hit the dividing range and…

my atherton

After that amazing station stay we went to Atherton. The long and winding track in the mountains with cattle and rain was annoying but it brought us to another cool campground and to our destination. Atherton was a small and simple town. On our day there we went to see huge trees … … and…

my cairns

Good day (or night) to you all today (or tonight), you will be reading about my great adventures in Cairns. I had a lot of fun there and that is also were we made the video in dad’s post “Proof”. Frankland Island was probably one of my favourite adventures we had in Cairns. After an…

zippy doo.

as you know old zippy died in the line of duty. dji, the manufacturer, were very polite when i asked them why zippy suddenly took off like a mad-drone but they said the data poor old zippy radioed to the controller before she died did not allow them to make any conclusions. they proceeded to…

happy world cassowary day.

did you know september 26 is world cassowary day? no? i don’t blame you, neither did we. luckily it was heavily advertised at the daintree discovery center: get free face painting and cassowary poo, better known as jelly beans, for all kids. there was also a cassowary puzzle hunt on at the lync haven where…

proof.

niki, nat’s cousin in austria, started this school year in a new school. so far so good. however, it appears that some of his school mates don’t believe he has a cousin in australia. we understand: a cousin in australia is unbelievably cool, and very few people are that lucky. niki is clearly one of…

on the reef.

you can’t visit north queensland without seeing the great barrier reef, just as you can’t go to the north west and not see ningaloo. the two reefs are actually quite different: ningaloo is a fringing reef, meaning it hugs the shore, while the great barrier reef is a few kilometers out to sea. the water…

tablelands.

as we said goodbye to pinnarendi (best station stay ever) we were mostly concerned about the home-made lasagna made from home-made pasta we missed out on. we’ve seen a few black cockatoos on the way but never had a chance to take a decent picture. the one below isn’t too good either but probably the…

tubes.

let’s get the most important thing out of the way first: we have the biggest, yes, the biggest lava tubes in the world. we know there are those failing, disengaged people out there who would want to make you think otherwise but that’s just the typical fake news. sad. for a country that has been…

water from the sky?

it sounds so wasteful it’s almost ridiculous, right? we really have not seen anything like this for a few months, since our trip to the cape range (exmouth) actually. that’s exactly the other side of the country. literally. it came as a bit of a shock today to see the windscreen wipers turn on. it’s…