Cape York To Weipa.
Trip Start Feb 22, 2004
65Trip End Dec 17, 2004
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Where I stayed
Bamiga Caravan Park
Feeling that we had finished with the tip, we headed off to try and catch the Jardine Ferry before it closed for the evening. We arrived to find a large group of vehicles on the south side and just us on ours and the ferry broken down. After much shouting across the river and disagreement with local aborigines (they were concerned the travellers would not pay the $88 crossing fee but after I suggested they write down the number plates all was OK) we agreed to tow a vehicle across on the ferry with our 4wd which we did. They in turn then towed us back across and we left on our way, amidst many cheers.
We then worked our way down the old telegraph line visiting many scenic spots such as fruit bat falls and twin falls. We also conquered all the river crossings except the infamous gunshot crossing which we opted to take about a 30k bypass. After several days we arrived for a well earned caravan park stop in the larger town of Weipa.
While at Weipa we took the road up to old Mapoon, where we had an entertaining time swapping yarns with an old aborigine elder and also tried our hand at some fishing.