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Aug 25, 2016 - Chillagoe

What I’d heard about the small town of Chillagoe sounded intriguing so I thought it was worth a 300 km side-trip. It certainly was, even though I didn’t go to its main attraction which is the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park. I’ve seen plenty of limestone caves & so I concentrated on the other sights which were more unusual. Again, the road has been upgraded so in the 140 km from Mareeba, there’s only about 12 km of gravel road left so the town is much more accessible than it’s been in the past. Coming into Chillagoe, you drive past...

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Oct 6, 2014 - Chillagoe - rocks and caves

From Ringers Rest (Mareeba) we headed west again to check out the Chillagoe Caves. It was a 140km trip one way along a sealed road until the last 35km where it was broken and dusty which is a great deterrent to many travellers . We only stayed one night as at $36/night for an unpowered site out the front of the camping ground (as that was the only spot with a tree) - it was a rip off! There was a pool though (be it above ground, and would not pass a safety inspection in the city!)so the boys and I had a dip when we got there and we saw many...

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Pep family road trip

Nov 14, 2006 - Visite dans le tableland, aux environs de Atherton

Nous sommes partis du paradis du Cap Tribulation pour nous diriger dans les terres plus hautes du Tableland. Pas tres loin de Cairns, mais assez agreable route en lacets et en vallons verdoyants. Dans cette region, on voit des plantations de the, un peu de cafe, de la canne a sucre et beaucoup de vaches. Ce fut tres agreable de retrouver un climat un peu plus frais dans les montagnes. Une bonne nuit de camping, et nous sommes partis decouvrir les chutes et les etangs de baignade. Partout, on voit des panneaux routiers nous prevenant qu'on...

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Sep 16, 2006 - Cooktown to Tinaroo Lake

Cooktown - Tinaroo Lake (324km) The fierce winds continued during the night but thankfully no gum tree branches fell on us as a result. We are lucky not to be scuba diving as the sea looked ferocious when we went to the wharf this morning. This morning's museum, sited in the Old Bank building, was largely a chronological pictorial history with narratives from the Aboriginal period to modern times. Whereas the James Cook Museum concentrated the very early days of Cooktown, this museum had mostly sketches or photo's of the various periods...

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Van rolling to Oz

Jun 16, 2006 - Chilligoe and beyond - off to the outback

kms 9000 Day 79 Chilligoe holds Jo's appeal due to its caves and renowned gem mining. They also boast of a observatory which Stu has always wished to visit. After some 3 hours from Mareeba, we hit Chilligoe. Its dry and dusty, but the warmth and blue skies are a welcome relief from the coast (for another 2 weeks every forecast we hear of Cairns and Cooktown is windy and rainy, so going inland turned out to be the right move). We spend a night at Chillagoe & visit the Royal Arch limestone Cave. It's interesting although the guide is very wet...

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Brown's Oz Trek

May 24, 2005 - Atherton Tablelands (photos added)

Finally picked up our house on wheels and headed up to the Atherton tablelands! The van is very posh (as posh as vans go) with a toilet, shower and even heating and air con! Its quite easy to drive according to Richard, although I have only driven it forwards in daylight so far as i disagree! Really nice drive, very steep and bendy (travel sickness sufferers beware). Stopped at Lake Barrine for tea and scones and then camped out at Lake Eacham for the night. It was a very exciting night, filled with a sighting of a kookaburra and a game of...

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Sep 1, 2004 - Atherton Tablelands. Waterfalls.

We left the Sanctuary for the excellent drive to the Atherton Tablelands. This is a highland area of tropical rainforest. After stopping on the way for breakfast at Innisfail our first stop was at Crawfords lookout across the tablelands. From here we went to ..... waterfall, this had a couple of separate drops, whilst here we met a very strange couple who we eventually went on to meet at every other stop throughout the day. Next we went on to the main waterfall circuit. The first of these was.....falls...... Next was....... falls. Finally...

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