On our way home

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


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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Day 5.

Rise to the morning chorus of the many bird species in Lakefield. We travel on to Quikan Country near Laura, an outback landscape of termite mounds and cattle stations. Here we climb the sandstone escarpment at Split Rock to view ancient Aboriginal rock art, dated in excess of 13,000 years old, depicting traditional activities and culture. Now we head south and east via the Palmer River, site of one of the greatest gold rushes. Lunch along the way. Now over the Great Dividing Range to the coastal plain and Port Douglas or Cairns completing your facinating adventure of discovery and fun in Australia's far north.
Along this journey we stopped at an abandant homestead which supplied us with a lot of historic information. All timber and corrogated iron buildings with big wide verandahs to keep the house cool. The farmworkers were not as lucky, their quarters had small verandahs but would have been very hot just the same. The homestead was not a grand building for its day, it would have been a lonely life with lots of hardships to cope with. Seeing this and reading some of the information available gives you a good insight into their lives.
After our lunch break we drove on to Split Rock, an ancient aboriginal art site. It only takes about 15 minutes to get there we were told. Yes Mark , you were right but it was uphill all the way and bloody hot. Once we arrived at the site all the hard effort was forgotten and thoroughly enjoyed the ancient art which was everywhere. Great stuff.
Next we crossed the Great Dividing Range and were back in the wet tropics we are so used to. From barren bush scenery it turned into lush green tropical scenery. Back along the coast road to Cairns.
We were dropped off at the airport where we left our car parked. Fond farewells and a big thank you to our guide , we made our way home. Once home it was a race to the shower for us and the luxury of our humble abode.
So it is all over. It was a good trip for the four of us. We all felt that the camping thing was our last camping trip ever, but on reflextion we are so glad we did it this way as it gave us a lot more than just reaching the top of Australia's mainland.  We will always look back on this trip as very special, so long in the making and so worth it.
Thanks for the suggestion you made 20 years ago Frank and Marion, we took our time but we made it.

Sadly it was time to say goodbye for now to our dear friends a few days later. It was time for them to continue their journey in Oz. Sad the time went so quickly but oh how we enjoyed our time together, especially our trip to the Cape. Never would have done it without you both.
See you again soon.


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