Hitting the homeland again, I thought it was time to share with you one of the biggest staples in Australian travel. Heading north of Cairns you’ll discover the road to Cape York; more 4WD friendly and regular car hateful (met a family who learnt this the hard way) but at the same time completely worthwhile. One of several in my family, I made my way to the northern tip of the continent in 2011 at the tail end of my Aussie odyssey and have been grateful for making the decision ever since. The drive (from Cairns and via the Daintree and Cooktown) is 1000km and can be done in a day or you could simply fly, but this is a journey one must take time with.
With only a few days to work with, the jetty was a popular spot to caste out a line for something with scales; the whole town was out in the afternoon once siesta was over. There’s also a small market where I saw some nice woodcraft for sale. A day trip to Thursday Island is on offer (funds prevented me from going and I didn’t want the others on the tour paying for me; nice of them to offer but there’s a big difference between a drink and a boat ride). Something else to look out for is the plane wreck at Bamaga, which we stopped at before I was dropped off at the airport. Overall, Seisia is no regret, but I still haven’t forgiven that helicopter pilot who chased me along the beach.
‘Light a cracker, drop it in a beer can and count to 10.’
Paddy tells Portia who agrees with its simplicity. As instructed, Paddy lights a cracker and drops it in his beer can. On his left hand he counts to 5, but needing to reach 10 he places the can between his legs so as to continue.
Links: www.tourismcapeyork.com, discoverqueensland.com.au