After exactly two months in the van, and the departure of two fellow convoy members, it was time to drive home. The drive was a big one, 2150km and we travelled from the camp at Gordonvale near Cairns to Surfers Paradise in just 10 days.
Free camping just 20 minutes south of Cairns. We spent a while at this spot, and the one previous post ‘Free camping at Gordonvale, near Cairns’ just doesn’t show how great this spot was. Beautiful spot, just be wary of crocodiles and rain as this area can flash flood.
Quick montage of the trip so far… Large high quality images showing the highlights of our trip.
We have stayed here for a few days and could stay for many more. Beautiful scene, river beside us and safe swimming holes. Take a look at the HRD photo of the Mulgrave River at dawn.
There is no camping except for caravan parks, within 15kms of Cooktown. With some local knowledge we headed to Annon Gorge and found a spot on top of a hill on the other side of the river from the main access point (tour groups showed up there everyday).
About 60km from Cooktown just past Lakeland, a secluded off-road in-a-ditch style camp.
The world’s oldest rainforest. We have the privilege of camping in this amazing place. First night stayed at Noah’s Beach camp ground and then found a secluded off-road spot where we could stay for two nights, near Cow Bay.
Yesterday dropped a friend at Mareeba after staying another night at Granite Gorge. Met the boys outside of Cairns and proceeded to Wonga Beach. Via some local knowledge at the lot in Wonga Beach, we dropped in to Port Douglas, caught the ferry to Cape Tribulation and are now camping at Noah’s Beach, in the Daintree Rainforest.
If you need a panel beater in Cairns then go see Jim at Jim’s Panel’s – 102 Kenny St. Cash only but he is a top bloke and does a top job, not really listed anywhere I could find.
Good day trip from Cairns if you are looking for a more active time. Ocean trampoline, snorkeling, glass bottom boat ride, sea kayak and surf ski all available. There are a few walks, the main one is from the jetty through a camp ground to the now unused lighthouse and then you can walk up … Read more
Travelled to Mareeba near Cairns, to holiday with a Japanese friend. View Larger Map Stayed two nights at Granite Gorge national park. Nice open camp grounds and with an un-powered site you can basically camp anywhere you like. Hot showers and other amenities, for $12 a night per person. Now staying at Cairns in the … Read more
No more massive drives… Travelled from Townsville to Jourama Falls camp this morning. Large grounds to drive in and camp on a large site. We have 3 vans and 2 tents in this convoy and we were easily able to find a private spot. Cold shower and toilets, and lots of bush turkeys. This place … Read more
Nanango to Airlie Beach QLD. Massive trip. On Friday 11 June I drove pretty much spot on 1000km and finally arrived in Airlie Beach. It was late at night, about 10:30PM and the boys met me and we headed to the camp spot at Funnel Bay a few minutes outside of Airlie. View Larger Map … Read more
After visiting both parents the trip is now officially in motion. Tonight is the first night, I am sleeping by the road near here… View Larger Map I drove about 500kms today and it took a very long time on the windy Summerland Way. I will get onto the Bruce Hwy in about 200kms tomorrow … Read more