On the way to Cairns

We are now away from Bowen on Highway 1 headed for Cairns. Planning to stop overnight at Big Crystal Creek NP about 45k north of Townsville. There was a fair bit of roadworks along this stretch, indeed the trip from north of Bundaberg has numerous stretches being widened and overtaking lanes built, a few bridges as well. Red lights pull you up and after a 5 minute wait off you go. The stop go people no longer have to stand beside the road and twist their poles, walkie talkies are in use and buttons are pushed that seem to change the red to green. Ladies seem to do a lot of this work, diversity and gender balance in action I suppose!


At Big Crystal Creek camping area

Big Crystal Creek

Big Crystal Creek fire place


Big Crystal Creek a great layover. No squeezy sites here plenty of air in the great outdoors. We had our first camp fire and had some pork sausages over the flames. A  number of bush turkeys roamed around looking for leftovers. The creek very picturesque and only a short stroll from the campground. A little highlight was seeing some quite large jungle perch lurking around the edges of the rocks.  Could have spent another night here relaxing but had to move on.


The jungle perch! Can you see them?

Frosty mango, just had to stop for Mango ice!

A local


Listening to the radio, ABC only thing we could get, there was a segment on the 100th anniversary on 2 August of a small town called El Arish, named after a battle in Egypt. Lo and behold we were a few short kilometres from the town. So pulled in to have a look. The town originated as a soldier settlement after WW1, cane farms cut by hand from the tropical jungle. Tough life. The town’s war memorial had undergone a revamp and a 2 metre wide ‘replica’ of the Australian ‘Rising Sun’ Army Badge installed. The State Governor had been up for the celebrations. Must have been an occasion, one of the town’s residents said there was quite a lot of bureaucracy involved in getting it done! What’s new! We devoured our crab roll obtained on the waterfront at Cardwell in the nearby park.


The ‘Rising Sun’ at El Arish


The Cardwell crab roll, very tasty!

The old pub


The stopover at El Arish had held us up a bit and Allthego was stretched time wise now to complete the climb of Mt Bartle Freere, Queensland tallest mountain at around 1600m or so. Apparently, you need something like 15 hrs  to go up and down and camp overnight so it was going to be a bit of a challenge in the 2 hrs we had available. But he was going to give it a go! Came down smiling. Apparently, the mountain is generally shrouded in cloud and mist. Allthego wondered how did anyone know how high the mountain really was! It would remain a mystery.


Allthego Leaving on the Mt Bartle Freere walk.

Allthego returning from the Mt Bartle Freere walk.

The Mt Bartle Freere track


Mt Bartle Freere shrouded in cloud.


After the walk we charged off into Cairns to the Big 4 just out of town for a few days.


About allthegobro

I am a retired accountant who does a bit of consulting work from time to time. Leanne and I enjoy travelling around seeing the world and we are now going to have some fun recording our experiences in this blog

Posted on August 5, 2020, in Cape York 2020. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. About those steaks …. if Allthegobro’s steak was 300g then Homealone’s was not 100g. Fess up Leanne. About those fish Yes I can see them in your very clear photo bit can you also see the snout of that very big crocodile in lower left of the photo. How brave are you Russell? Most interested in the outcome of the vanilla slice competition. Check out Jockheim’s bakery on the way south for their version.
    Stay safe stay well.

    • Yes, the steak was 110g Tony as per the menu, trouble was the new Spanish chef was a generous chap and he put three 110g steaks on the plate. Lucky he didn’t put 3 lots of chips and salad on as well ! Very tasty steaks they were. Can recommend the Sarina Hotel!

  2. Have just forensically re-examined photos of the alleged Mt Bartle Freere walk. Likely the two photos of Allthego were posed perhaps just minutes apart to deceive the capital city slickers. Not kidding the Westlake Watts.Certainly not after those crab rolls and snake and chippies bwhahahaha

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