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Monday 28th August:
Guy’s mud crab saga resolved. After a couple of phone calls Guy found a seafood wholesaler in Cairns who had two cooked mud crabs left. So after a 2.5-hour return trip we have mud crabs for lunch (And tiger prawns as well). The things we do.
A nice afternoon siesta followed. After the siesta we spent the rest of the afternoon planning and booking accommodation for the next three weeks on the road.
Tuesday 29th August:
Off on safari today to Mossman Gorge, Daintree Forest, Cape Tribulation and a crocodile cruise on a local river. Our guide Ben has been guiding for the last 15 years so was full of very interesting information on all the places we visited.
All extremely beautiful destinations and all world heritage protected. Due to world heritage protection the crocs cannot be fed like in the Northern Territory. This means they will not approach the boat and are quite shy. We did mange to see one large male just across from where we boarded the boat.
A great day out was had by all.
Wednesday 30th August:
Our drive today (3.5 hours) from Port Douglas to the very quaint Cooktown was a very leisurely one. We scored a great Big4 cabin for our 4 nights stay so looking good. Cooktown has a Coffin Bay feel about it for those who know Coffin Bay.
The highlight of the trip was Black Mountain. This was a vertical lave tube a very long time ago. Then all the soil eroded away to expose the granite. It is slowly being decayed away by Mother Nature. Very impressive considering the rocks on the mountain are the size of cars and small houses. There are stories of whole herds of cattle going missing in the boulder fields, aircraft instruments going crazy and strange noises coming from the mountain. It is a very mystical place and you can feel it standing there.
Thursday 31st August:
Had a lazy day discovering Cooktown and planning our next few days / few weeks activities. Now we are booked up till Darwin in three weeks.
Friday 1st September:
Today we visited Laura (Quinkan country), which is famous for its ancient rock art. Quinkan country contains a large and dramatic body of prehistoric rock paintings. These galleries have been identified as being at least 15,000 to 30,000 years old and have been included on the Australian Heritage Estate and listed by UNESCO as being among the top 10 rock art sites in the world. People from many countries visit this remote location to view the rock art and gain some understanding of the Aboriginal stories associated with this magnificent sandstone landscape.
We did a private guided trip with Steve our indigenous guide to The Quinkan Galleries (More ceremonial type art works), which has the most prolific and clear art works. Wowwwwwww. To hear Steve tell us all about the meaning of the art and point out how art has been painted over art several times was awesome.
The trip to get there consists of a 280km round trip on sealed road (Cooktown to Laura) plus 30km round trip on a very rough 4×4 track in the guide’s Land Cruiser. This is one of those trips that will always be remembered.
Saturday 2nd September
Looking to do some exercise before it gets too hot so walked into town from the park and then tackled the lookout! Nearly killed us both but the views from the top were outstanding.
Back to the foreshore where they had the Saturday markets. We found some authentic Pork Adobo from a very lovely Filipino lady so lunch was sorted. Walked back to the park and a siesta was the order of the day.
Life is good.
Trevor & Guy