We decided to do something different and drove inland to Cairns (rather than north along the coast). The camping was great with lots of butterflies, balmy evenings, golden sunsets and clear skies. On 25th April, we joined a few hundred locals for the annual Anzac Day (equivalent of Poppy Day) wreath-laying and speeches at Ayr and then headed for ‘wild west’ Charter Towers, gateway to the outback. After that, there is very little for 400km. We passed a great deal of bush dotted with cattle and termite mounds and crossed countless dry rivers. The road is fairly straight, so we also experienced several ‘road trains’ for the first time.