Australia 10th January 2016
I had been watching a couple of movies on the screen in front of my seat for about 3 hours. I never sleep well on the big silver bird. You never seem to get comfortable and the crew are always telling you to buckle up, time for dinner, breakfast or whatever. Bit like being in hospital. You know what it’s like.
So I switch to the place on the screen that shows you where the Air Bus is and I see we are over Cape York on a path direct to Cairns. The sun is rising and the color is magnificent. The growth below is a vivid jungle green with twinkling rivers, lakes and creeks working their way through the country side. No wonder they called Australia and especially the Far North Queensland, “The lucky country”. It is just unbelievably beautiful.
We drop onto the tarmac at Cairns Airport at 6.50 AM (about 10 minutes late) but that is pretty good for a 7 hour flight. We taxi to the air bridge, the door opens and I am off to get through immigration, the usual double questioning then Customs and out the door. Got to say that Cairns Airport have certainly lifted their game. Where it used to take anything up to an hour to get your bag, get through all the checks, you can now be out in 15 to 30 minutes. That is very good. You don’t need hassles at 6.30 in the morning after a long flight. Congrats to Cairns Airport.
7.15 I pick up the rental, chuck the bags in the boot and I am off up the road to Port Douglas to pick up my mate Derek who is accompanying me on the trip up to Karumba. I can’t help noticing how green and lush the vegetation is on the way to Post Douglas and the fabulous blue/green flat sea along the coast. Just so beautiful and relaxing. I know they have had a fair bit of rain in the area so the rivers are up and everything looks crystal clean. What a refreshing site.
I stop and pick up Derek and off we set for Karumba. The first leg is to Mount Surprise where we will stay the night at Bed Rock Village Caravan Park. If you are coming from Cairns to Karumba this is the only place to stay. It is about halfway and is owned and run by a couple called Joe and Joe. The both have similar first names and are nice friendly people and the park is great. 450 klms up the road next day and you are in Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park. Many say this park is one of the best parks in Australia and certainly the best in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Guests return to the park year after year. And it’s easy to see why when you see the beauty of the park and surrounding area. It is right next to the beach and boat ramp, has all the facilities, slabs, shade, shop, pool, barbecues, showers, toilets, TV, sites, cabins, villas, entertainment, roast nights and a free monthly sausage sizzle. 300 meters up the road you have the Sunset Tavern where you can get a feed, a beer, play the pokies, and get a bet on the dogs or the horses. Maybe you can win 70 million on the Lotto!! Or just grab a beer and a feed and watch a sunset that will blow your mind. Later on you can take in the quite solitude of the park and look up to see a million stars through the crystal clear air. No smog up here Mate.
However I am off as usual on a bit of a tangent. Sometimes I get so excited about being up here and I tend to veer off a bit. So as I said, I picked up my Mate Derek and off we went. Derek loves the outback and gets out here whenever he can. He spent a lot of time in his youth touring round Australia, getting a job where and when he could and just taking in the breath taking beauty of the country and meeting the Australians in the outback and other travelers along the way. He has a lot of knowledge of the outback and will share some stories with you and is always ready to give a helping hand. It’s a pleasure to have him along for the ride.
Up at 6 am in Mount Surprise and on the Frog and Toad at 7 am. Next stop Karumba.
On the way I am blown away by the beauty of the desert. The growth, the animal and birdlife is sensational. Brolgas, Jackeroos, Cranes, Gannets, Wedge Tail Eagles, Hawks, Pelicans, Parrots, Galahs and White Cockatoos. Kangaroos, wild pigs, free range cattle, wild horses, emus etc, etc. Then to top that off we have fish in abundance just waiting to be caught. Oh, and if you like those buttered prawns (and who don’t) then get some from our shop at real good prices.
January, February March is the time to be here if you want some fabulous early season fishing and it you love the scenery and beauty of the outback, or you have never been before you need to come right now. If you are a bird watcher, you need to come here right now. And if you just want to get away from the hustle of life you need to come here right now.
Well that’s it for me. Am in the park and it is just about time to take a bite of some fresh real tasty Grunter and wet the neck. Maybe I will walk the 150 yards to the beach and throw in a line and believe you me. You can get some big ones here right off the beach
Look forward to seeing you up here soon.
Have a great 2016.