Cairns Then On To Biboohra, Queensland

So up really early this morning and arrive at Bob Janes, Cairns to have the stock Land Cruiser tyres replaced by BF Goodrich KAo2 all terrains.  These will be better for the rough roads as we drive in to Cape York.  With this done it was then off to Pacific Toyota for the service to be done.  I managed to drop it off early and get a courtesy drive back to the park where Kaz and Max were waiting on me having stalked me online as I travelled.  

After a quick bite to eat we walked over to the pool and got straight in.  The outside temperature is around 30 degrees so perfect for a dip.  There are also two slides which we had a go at before getting in to the hot spa for some rejuvenating.


In what seemed a very short time I was picked up by Toyota where I returned to collect and pay for the service.  Good thing is the car was given a clean Bill of health including brakes which have had a hard time with the van attached.  

Having again returned to the camp we headed for the bar where every day there is a happy hour between 4pm and 5pm.  There are also a wide range of bar snacks including small plates to graze on.  We enjoyed a couple of drinks then headed back to the van to eat.  I should say the site we are on is about 30 steps from the bar.

We then sat outside to tune in to the latest Survivor Australia episode before enjoying a rare early night.

After a long night where Max was up and down drinking water due to it being warm then understandably needing to go out, it was good to see morning arrive.

Today we don’t mess about enjoy some breakfast with sourdough rolls from the local baker.  Washed down with tea and coffee.  It was then off to to the pool for a nice swim, slide and spa before we headed in to Cairns.  

Due to tomorrow being one of the last days we will be in a place this size with all the amenities you would expect we thought it wise to get in to the big supermarkets to stock up on supplies of mostly pasta’s, rice and an assortment of tins.  We also grabbed 3 x 10 litres of water for the trip which we will add to the 15 litre container we already have.

Tomorrow we will hook up leave camp to go back up and over Kuranda, in and through Mareeba to meet back up with our bus mates at Biboohra.  We will then work out a semi concrete plan together as we motor on with our journey to the top of Cape York.

Our Wee Journey – More North Queensland


Today we took the shortish drive in to the town of Atherton.  We went there just to grab some supplies and have a look around.  This didn’t take too long as we found there was not much there to interest us.  On the way there however we did spot a strawberry farm and as we returned made a b-line for it and we both grabbed an ice cream each which were delicious.  While out and about we drove on to the little town of Yungaburra to fuel up and were really surprised by the place.  It had a fantastic original hotel which looks as if it was new.  It also had a bucks do going on and outside was pretty noisy as the revellers partied whilst boarding their bus to the next watering hole.  The town also had a Platypus viewing bridge over the river and as usual we never seen even one of them.  The town also has a board walk in to a Forrest and in there is an amazing curtain Fig tree.  This thing is huge and very very old, it was well worth the walk.

Next up we went to the Innot hot springs.  These are free although you could book in to a fancy spa type place if wanted.  We didn’t bother and instead headed in to the free part.  When they say “Hot Springs” they are not kidding.  It would be quite easy to scold yourself just walking in.  Luckily for us there were several people warning us of the correct way to get in to avoid the boiling parts.  Having navigated to a safe spot we dropped in to the warm part to enjoy a bit of r and r as if we needed it.  There was a story where a mother had walked to the springs then proceeded to drop her child in without feeling the heat first and so the poor little one had their feet scolded, yep, you can’t fix stupid.

We then visited a few of the famous waterfalls around the area.  Each one outdoing the other in its own particular way.  One of them we visited a guy had crashed his drone in to and it sat on a big rock with your man trying to work out a way to rescue it.

Sad to say we had to leave Bonadio Farm as we need to make tracks to get up to Cooktown and Cape York b4 school holiday madness takes over.

So Sunday morning just before ten we headed out having said “see you later” to our bus mates who will stay on for a few more days.

Saturday night we had watched an epic game of AFL Geelong v Melbourne with a last quarter collapse by Geelong Cats who had the game wrapped up or it looked that way till the last 30 seconds when they snatched a loss from the jaws of victory.

An interesting drive today as we will drive to Cairns via Kuranda, a place we visited 27 years ago whilst on holiday when we still resided in Scotland.

We did quite a bit of touring up there including the Kuranda train, the sky rail and not to forget my mental fart where I talked myself in to doing a bungee jump.

This time however we will just take the extremely winding road south in to Cairns.  The driving is semi scary as we can feel the electronic brakes of the caravan pinching on and off.  This of course is a good thing as we don’t want it pushing the car down or off the hill as we descend.  

The road is only about 15k and we complete it effortlessly and make our way through Cairns to the Big4 Cairns Coconut resort.  

We are staying here primarily to have the Land Cruiser serviced and add new all terrain BFG KAo2 tyres fitted.  Driving in you can see immediately that the place is very good and looks spotlessly clean.  We booked online and have a grass and slab combination in a good spot away from the screaming pillows which there are two of.

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