Weipa to Bramwell Junction
Bramwell to Dulhunty Creek
Dulhunty to Cannibal Creek
Cannibal To Loyalty Beach
Summarizing this is hard! My gosh we packed a lot into this last few days!
It’s awesome being on the other side, sharing stories & different points of view. Because even though we came through as a group, every car & every car crew, is different.
After a quick re-stock in Weipa we met up with our cape convoy, making us a crew of 2 x100 series, a 200 series, & 2 x 79 series Toyota’s, plus a Nissan that joined us up to Bramwell Junction!
Bramwell has a massive campground, only 3 combined toilet/showers however, which makes for awfully long lines. But it has very cool giant red anthills & is so blissfully dark! The stars were incredibly! I fell asleep staring at them listening to the campfire chatter & guitar. Awesome!
We hit the Telly track early, sandwiched between a pretty big motorbike crew & a convoy of Italian fellows.
Once again the anthills never failed to impress! Rising like monoliths out of the bush!
A nice distraction from the first crossing, Palm Creek.
Cue anxiety and breakfast to rise.
Hectic doesn’t even come close to describing it.
The Telly track, where even the so called “chicken track”makes your toes curl!
But we all made it out, (only 1 without a winch) & we hung around to watch a few more solid, & not so solid efforts before floating on to our first camp at Dulhunty Ck.
We set up nice & early, baggsing a spot well before the afternoon campsite rush. It was a lovely little spot with a nice little waterfall & rapids, perfect for swimming, cards & burning little ones energy while the boys did some re-con work at the famous Gun Shot crossing.
An early start seen us hit Bertie Ck relatively fresh for the day. A pretty cool little challenge with awesome white slippery sand! Then clicking back into anxiety overdrive, wishing I’d never eaten breakfast, as we took on Gun Shot.
Some young fellas had gotten in early, & were stuck fast, vertical. We watched the show while gearing up for the chicken track, & everyone clapped the crazy young blokes as they winched their way free. Being sure to capture the best angles on their go-pro, & promptly cracking rum cans once they were through.
Once again we all came through & up & out!
The rewards for this days crossings & heart attacks, were the amazing Fruit Bat Falls, Elliott Falls & Twin Falls.
My god they are beautiful!
We set up camp at Cannibal Ck, another gorgeous spot where we spent the afternoon wallowing in the crystal clear shallows.
Another early start seen us only stuck behind 2 convoys, taking on Cannibal Ck in all its steep, lumpy glory.
All through, A ok!
Cypress Ck was the scariest bridge ever. No trolls necessary to make you feel terrified, her rickety self was all that was needed.
And Nolan’s crossing is definitely of note, & it would be amazing to camp there some time. Clear green water. Just beautiful!
The crossing was hairy again, but passable, then onward to the top of the track. The Jardine River.
We scoped out the original crossing & marvelled at the old days when families floated their vehicles & families over. Then headed to the Ferry. We met up with one of the 79 series family, who left us after Delhunty, to take the bypass Rd, & we are now all tucked in at our camp at Loyalty Beach. Some snoring. Awfully loudly. Dan. Some sleeping.
It was a big afternoon with a beach sunset, a drive into the Cultural Festival at Bamega (for the greatest firework display I’ve ever seen), & some post track yarning.
Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the trip brings!
G3 kept a winch/snatch tally.
Winners- Burke Family-79 series. 0 help needed.
2nd- Earl Family-200 series. 1 winch on Palm Ck.
Equal 3rd- Earl Family-100 series. 2 winches. Palm & Bertie Ck & Farmer Family-100 series. 2 winches. Palm & Nolans.
4th Turner Family-79 series. 2 winches. Palm & Ducie Ck, & taking the bypass Rd.
And of course, the damage Tally between us;
Little dints & stone chips
A Toolbox (which has since been reattached)
2 front number plates
2 buggered side steps
1 Intercooler cover
1 wicked rattle
1 lot of wet carpet
A hole in an awning
1 random Ting
1 random Clunk
A Windscreen crack
& a Scratched bumper
Not too bad at all!