Telegraph Track

Trip Start Sep 24, 2013
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Trip End Sep 29, 2013


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Archer River Roadhouse

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Day 3, as per brochure
4WD adventure and fun on Cape York's rugged Telegraph Track this morning. Cross rivers and creeks, see prehistoric cycads,giant termite mounds and carnivorous plants.This afternoon we cross the Wenlock River at historic Moreton Telegraph Office before travelling on to our overnight camp at the Archer River.
Another beautiful sunny and warm day to wake up to. Usual procedure, roll up the mattress slowly, so the air can escape, fold down the tent and pack everything away in the trailer. Then breakfast. Must add that we have an early cuppa first. All these chores done, Rick informed me that he could not find his sunglasses. Where to look first. Drag out our backpacks and check them first, not in there. Next idea, perhaps we folded them up with the tent ( the last place we saw them was in the tent), so unfolded the tent, partly set it up again , nothing in there either. The only place they could be was in the mattress, probably rolled them up as well. No we decided ,you would feel that, besides they would probably be broken by now as the mattresses were already on the roof of the bus. Just have to accept that they are lost. Not much fun because the sunlight is pretty sharp.
We went for a walk to have another meander around the falls before boarding the bus all the time thinking where could they be.
The telegraph track has its origins in the building of the Overland Telegraph Line to Cape York and Thursday Island, via submarine cable, a distance of some 600km. Working from the south to the north the line was installed in sections ' straight as a gun barrel ' to minimise matrials and labour. Vehicles were not an issue in those days so a rough track was created, Communication with Thursday Island was achieved in august 1887 and remained so until 1987.
Driving on the track is a lot of fun and adventure. You need to cross many rivers and waterways along with some very rough road surfaces. We came across some beautiful and interesting scenery. Not a lot of water in some of the rivers due to the dry season, but would love to see some of those places straight after the wet.
In the afternoon the crossed the Wenlock River, usually a torrent flow but only a mild flow this time of the year. We were allowed to cross by foot, a slippery walk which Rick and I did not participate in. We have done this many times before and know how slippery it gets, so stayed in the bus. Our fellow crew members came from NSW or VIC or overseas so did want to experience it. It was still fun to cross it by vehicle though.
Saw lots of enormous termite mounds along the way. They are metres tall and as hard as concrete. Hundreds and hundreds of them on one particular stretch.
Arrived at Archer River Roadhouse late afternoon. First thing we do  is roll the kitchen out and put the kettle on, then set up camp. Pitched the tent, unrolled our mattresses and guess what was in one of them. You guessed right, one pair of sunglasses all intact. Smiles all around.
Had a lovely HOT shower first,changed our clothes and walked to the roadhouse to have a well deserved drink ( alcoholic ). We all had dinner at the roadhouse as one group. A very enjoyable evening.
Sleeping with thousands of stars as company once again.
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