Twenty two kilometres from Cooktown and we commenced on the gravel road. During the day the road varied from a little bitumen, to red dust, heavy metal and bull dust (white light sand mixture which is very dusty). We had six river/creek crossings and numerous other creek crossings which were dry. The first creek crossing was at Isabella Falls which again were pretty spectacular. Our photo is taken after we had crossed the creek. We were now in the Lakefield National Park. There are a number of camping sites along the way and we stopped at Horseshoe Lagoon Camping area for our lunch. The lagoon had white lilies growing on it and there were heaps of magpie swans (named this because they are black and white). We were the only people at the lagoon and it was really peaceful.
We continued on to the Old Laura Homestead – this was originally a cattle station from 1879 and was last lived in 1966. The homestead is open to the public but is in quite a dilapidated condition and has the outside of the house barred up with chicken wiring mesh. There is separate accommodation which was the Aboriginal workers accommodation. The original slaughter house and meat house are also still standing.
|Isabella Falls before we crossed the river|
|Our first crossing for the day Lakefield National Park track|
|Packed ready to go|
The weather has settled and it is nearly 8 pm and I am sitting outside, without a sweatshirt - can you believe? This is my kind of weather.
Again Peter’s experience at 4wdriving has come to the fore today so I just might keep him on in the driver’s seat. We have travelled 280 km s today with 95% of this being considered a 4wd only road.
|777 Track we followed Lakefield National Park|
|Conditions deteriorated @ lunch time|
|Old Laura Homestead|
|The origional Truck Vehicle remains Old Laura Homestead|
|Aboriginal quarters Old Laura Homestead|
|Termite mounds Lakefield National Park|
|Trying to capture dust behind|
|Lakefield National Park|
|Termite mound Lakefield National Park|
|Red lily lagoon|
|Red lily lagoon info|
|Road is now brown instead of red dust|
|One of the many water crossings|
|Another water crossing|
|Low Lake information|
|Low Lake, Lakefield National Park|
|Inside a termite mound|
|Too hard to get to this campsite|
|Time to turn around|
|How far is it from Lakefield National Park|
|Dinner prep Musgrave Roadhouse|
|Dinner at Musgrave Roadhouse camping ground|
|Our campsite Musgrave Roadhouse|
|Diesel available at Musgrave Roadhouse|