Well with just a few days before we hit the open road again we thought we'd keep you updated on what’s going on here in Far North Queensland. Since our last entry we've had a few more trips that we thought you may be interested in;
Tony decided to take us off-road in his 4 by 4 Musso up in the Black Mountain at the edge of the Tablelands on the Rex Range. One of the main things we noticed while following the track was how quickly the scenery changed from rainforest to bush mainly due to the amount of light that could seep through and how open the land was. We drove for around 45 minutes over rugged paths arriving at a small creek running through the middle. You know me, we stopped as I just had to have a paddle; it was freezing. I was tempted to reenact the scene from Dirty Dancing where Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze are dancing along a log. I was all for it until I noticed Kerry (Kerry and Dave were a couple working at the resort, they only lasted only a week) had already tried something similar and lost her thong, (Aussie word for flip flop not knickers!) her fella Dave had to wade in to his waist to retrieve it. Something was telling me Nathan would not be doing this so I was to best steer clear of the log.
Part of the track crossed over what is known as the 'Ghost Road.' A billionaire known as George Quaid built this road that believe us is as long as the stretch from Doncaster services to Brigg on the M180 as a way through for people buying property near a lake he had also built. The only thing was he'd told the government he was only building a track, so when they discovered this road now fully equipped with slow pass by lanes they were less than impressed and denied access. It is still closed down to this day and is not shown on any map anywhere!
From here we continued through rugged sections and it was here that I struggled to catch my breath for a few minutes. Nathan and Dave spotted a rather large snake of around 2 meters long baking in the heat of the sun in the middle of the road, reversing to get a better look it was determined that from the quick glance Tony got it was most probably called an Eastern Brown; one of Aussies top 10 poisonous snakes. Needless to say I was on snake alert especially as Tony was reversing yet again as he had spotted another snake on the road, and leaning out he grabbed it,
I am a 'wannabe' Nomad who currently lives in Sheffield with my husband and two children. I genuinely love exploring new places but finding time to fit this in is tricky so more often than not I'm found in the closest independent coffee shop because nothing cheers me up better than a decent coffee.