Australia

North West Queensland an oasis in the outback

Dinosaur fossils, mining history and an oasis haven in the outback.

North West Queensland is a great spot to discover.

A jewel worth visiting is the town of Mt Isa and it’s surroundings.

With an amazing history and vast landscapes it’s worth the visit.

The neighbouring National Park Boodjamulla is a pure tropical oasis. Bush walking, canoeing and cruises can be enjoyed in this haven.

It’s a beautiful diverse habit. Carved sandstone cliffs towering above emerald green waters. The Hertiage site is an area of rich fossils dating back 25 million years.

Camping is available, which can be booked via the Queensland national park webpage. It’s a great spot to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

Riverleigh only a short drive from the National park is definitely worth a visit especially to see the remains of ancient reptiles.

Gregory river is a beautiful spot to soak up the sun and enjoy a refreshing dip in the flowing river. This can be access before the turn off to the National park.

It’s a place to immerse yourself in an ancient landscape.

Mt Isa being the central town in West Queensland is a good 2 hour drive from this ancient location. This town provides all the essential and some great history to learn about.

The town of Mt Isa is home to the first school of air. Due to its remoteness, teachers educated students via satellite internet as far as 1000kms. This was established in the 1960s.

Its also Home to the largest flying doctors and biggest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere. Attracting all the best cowgirls and boys.

Many tours are available to learn about the mining and the once operating underground hospital during WW2.

Once a blooming uranium mining town Mary Kathleen is situated in the Cloncurry shire of Western Queensland a short drive away from Mt Isa and Cloncurry. During the 1950s the ore was mined via a open cut method.

The remains of this area is quite a fascinating sight, offering travellers to wonder 360 degrees around the sight.

Today a ghost town, 6km away is now a free camping area it was established for all the workers at the mine. Providing all the local stores and amenities.

Lake Moondarra is a popular spot for barramundi fishing and camping under a starry sky.

This is a beautiful area of Queensland which is worth immersing your adventurous spirit.

Australia

Savannah Highway an epic drive across Northern Australia.

A rugged and vast journey along the Savannah Highway. This part of Northern Australia attracts all travellers for its ruggered wilderness, historic mining towns, natural wonders and train journeys.

For most of the journey the road is undeveloped and remote. Covering 3699km from Cairns to Broome.

Heading through the Tablelands, home to lush countryside, waterfalls and volcanic soil.

It’s the perfect spot for nature lovers. Atherton is a great base to start the journey. Home to Crystal caves, coffee plantations and quaint cafes. As well as many natural wonders to explore.

Along the Savannah Hwy small historic mining towns are scattered throughout this drive.

Georgetown being the first to discover. Once a thriving gold mining hub back in the 1870s. Today it’s a service yard for mining operations.

From here Croydon is the hertiage capital of the Gulf. Once a blooming mining town for gold. It’s a lovely small town with charm and history. It even has the oldest running store dating back to 1894.

This drive passes such vast land, with little traffic. Normanton once the port for Croydons gold rush in the 1800s.

Today is a town with resources. Such as accommodation, refueling, and the local spot to get up close to a replica of Krys the Croc. 8.63m in length. This is record for the biggest croc to be caught.

Heading north Karumba is a great fishing town, especially for its barrimundi. The wetlands and estuaries are known to be inhabited by salt water crocs. It’s also a beautiful spot to admire the sunsetting.

Continuing along the Savannah, its leads to Carpentaria. However we took out journey south towards Mt Isa to explore the North West of Queensland.

Australia

Cape York, reaching the tip of Australia

Cape York, vast, diverse and on many people’s bucklists. It’s a spectacular part of Tropical North Queensland.

It had been on our bucket list whilst in Australia. But due to the seasons it’s a journey which needs some planning.

With most of the journey on unsealed roads, being stock up and prepared for all situations especially with lots of side tracks to discover hidden gems .

Starting through the Bloomfield track, this is part of the incredible and ancient Daintree rainforest. It’s wet muddy, hilly and plenty of creeks to cross.

Following this track for around 100km this leads to Cooktown. A small town Offering plenty of history to immerse yourself from the Late Captain Cook.

From here two roads lead to Cape York. The Battlecamp road, which offers red dirt tracks, river crossings and historic sights.

Laura being the last town to refuel, we spent a weekend, experiencing our first rodeo in the heart of Far North Queensland.

Throughout the region Cape York is home to beautiful National Parks. Camping is available, but needs to be booked in advance. But Plenty of free camps also which reduced the cost of your trip.

With several Road houses along the Cape Development road, providing accommodation, food and fuel. They all have there character and worth stopping at.

There is Limited signal for most of the journey however, the developed towns of Coen, Weipa and the Tip network is available.

The Overlander Telegraph Line track is the Capes iconic 4wd track. People travel to enjoy and test out their vehicle along this 60km track. Which passes through river and deep sand crossings, and of course beautiful scenary.

The track was constructed in the Late 1880s to facilitate a telegraph line. Sending Morse code via a repeater stations. Bramwell Station being the starting point. It’s also the last cattle station in far north Australia.

With plenty of history to learn. Plane wrecks and old buildings are to be discovered.

The Jardine River is a stunning landscape rich in wilderness, water is abundant. It’s the largest perennial river in Queensland.

A ferry runs daily for a steep price of $100 return to access the northern part of the Cape.

There are plenty of swimming holes to refresh in, Fruit Bat falls is a favourite among the travellers.

From the Jardine you pass through several communities with a mix population of islanders ,Europeans and Asians. Bamaga being the main town with a supermarket, bakery, fuel etc. Historic and fishing spots are also available to explore.

Another 35km through lush forest you reach the tip of Australia. A short walk along a rocky uphill track. We enjoyed camping up there. Perfect spot for enjoy sunrise and sunset.

Cape York is for the adventurous soul being well prepared is a must and ready for atleast 1400km of Dusty red dirt roads.

Australia

Tropical North Queensland where the rainforest meets the reef

Tropical North Queensland, wet lush and home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world.

The Wet Tropics rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef are places to immerse yourself .

Townsville being the gateway to the north. With a nice pleasant vibe, situated along the coast. Boasts stunning 360 views from Castle Hill. Popular spot for locals and tourists.

With boutiques, cafes and a safe swimming area it’s a great place to explore and enjoy. Magnetic island a short ferry ride. It a slice of paradise to discover.

Bowen being a short drive is a pretty holiday town with a stunning coastline.

With many natural wonders to explore. The Wet Tropics rainforest and the Great Barrier are places to immerse yourself.

Crystal creek is a perfect swimming spot with rock slides to keep you entertained.

Cardwell is a location that boasts many experiences. Lookouts with amazing views and swimming holes to refresh yourself.

Tully being a hot spot and where the Wet Tropics start is surrounded by rivers and misty mountains.

Tully is a major agricultural region with huge sugar cane and banana industries. Also home to the golden gum boot. Standing at 7.9m tall. Marking the record rainfall the town received.

Mission beach only a short distance away, has a long stretch of beach. Lined with coconut palms, a great spot to explore the region.

Heading inland the Tablelands are a natural beauty. Mountain ranges, lush countryside and waterfalls.

Many of the parks are part of the Wet Tropics World Hertiage area. Stretching along the coast of Queensland.

Townsville to Cooktown offers many sights, Cairns also the gateway to stunning scenary and magical experiences.

The Daintree National Park is a beautiful and lushess place. Crossing the Daintree river via a ferry you can immerse yourself into a tropical haven.

Camping metres from the beach is available. Evenings and mornings can be enjoyed with visitors. Cassowaries wander through the forest. It’s truly a beautiful ancient place.

This part of Queensland is just stunning and definitely worth exploring.

Australia

Sailing around the Whitsundays and Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef

Airlie Beach the gateway to the Whitsundays.

Pristine waters white silicone beaches and of course the home to one of the world’s natural wonders. The Great Barrier Reef.

With an endless choice of trips through the Whitsundays.

Kiana sail and dive was the perfect match. One memorable birthday experience sailing and diving on the outer reef.

Over the 3 days you explore the main attractions.

Visiting the beautiful Whitehaven National Park. The beach is just so beautiful, Long stretch of white sand turquoise water.

Hill Inlet offers spectacular views. High tide provides the perfect view of the landscape.

The reef is slowly gaining an abundance of sea life.

Many tropical fish, to see , we were fortunate with amazing weather. Clear blue skies no swell with a pleasant smooth sail.

Australia

Discovering Carnarvon Gorge national park

Spectactalur formations sandstone cliffs with a tropical oasis.

It’s filled with lush gorges, carved over time by water. Filled with peace and tranquility.

740km north west of Brisbane passing open plains with treelines in the distance.

Carnavon offers a beautiful green oasis, with an abundance of flora and fauna to discover.

With a selection of hikes offering luscious lookouts.

From the visitor centre to Big Bend the furthest point is 9.7km one way.

All the side parts are worth visiting. All being short distances off the main track.

The Amphitheatre being a favourite offers a awe inspiring atmosphere. As you discover a 60m deep chamber with natural light coming through. This park has something everyone.

Well worth the outback trip to enjoy some natural treasures.

Australia

Brisbane and the surrounds. Sunshine coast and beyond.

Brisbane the riverside capital of Queensland.

It’s a great arty and outdoorsy city. Situated between the lush hinterland and ocean. With a laidback attitude, it’s the perfect gateway to many wonders.

Just a short drive, you can discover World Hertiage sites. The Glass House mountains making a great day trip. Scattered along the Sunshine Coast , 13 hills provide some awe inspiring landscapes. With a great choice of walking trails and stunning lookouts.

Mt Ngungun is one of the popular walking tracks with scenic views.

An easy track , with plenty of parking around.

The South Bank area of Brisbane has a variety of Galleries, museums and exhibits. It makes a lovely place to stroll along the river bank soaking up the views.

Just a short drive from the CBD is Mount Coot-tha. Provides a great backdrop of Brisbane city. We Enjoy grabbing a coffee at the cafe whilst soaking up the views.

Situated on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. Around 120 km from Brisbane is the beautiful town of Noosa. Known for being a resort area.

With boutiques, cafes and surf can all be found in this area. Surrounded by lakes, beaches and national parks. The Noosa Heads National Park, offers spectacular views, woodland and coastal trails.

Home to koalas and other wildlife.

From here the main highway travels north to the beautiful region and home to the Great Sandy National Park. Gateway to Fraser island.

Hervey Bay and Burrum heads are beautiful coastal towns, long stretches of beaches.

Offering 4wd experiences along the beach.

Perfect spot to soak up the sun and enjoy Queenslands laid back life.

An excellent and secluded camp spot which we enjoyed to ourselves was situated in the Burrum National Park. Around 40 km off the main highway, only accessible with 4wd it’s provides a lovely peaceful bush camp experience.

Toilets, showers and an abundance of wildlife. Well worth the 12$ a night .