A Weekend Revisiting & Discovering

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Saturday arvo was spent driving about. We headed South out of town & onto the Bloomfield road.
First obligatory stop for any self respecting tourist or thirsty local is The Lions Den Hotel. The Den hasn’t changed much in 30 years. Come to think of it, it probably hadn’t changed much in the hundred years before that either. There are a few more donated t-shirts hanging from the roof. A few more snake skins, and more signatures of travellers on the walls. The old trading post has made way for a small museum & there is a new deck & some flash new toilets & kids playground. But yeah, it’s still the Lions Den.
We had a beer ($6.50 each for Coopers Sparkling Ale stubbies) & kept heading SE for Cedar Bay National Park.
I deliberately didn’t take any photos last week because I wanted Tina to ‘discover’ this area for herself.
We drove down into the Park…
How many times can I say words like stunning, magic, special etc before the words sound meaningless? You just can’t describe it.
We had planned on maybe dropping into Auravale to say hi, so we headed down the drive. Unless you know what to look for, you’ll completely miss it. After about 200 metres we got to the Gap Creek crossing and stopped.
The creek wasn’t real high, but we wanted to stop and have a coffee etc before heading in. By the time we’d done that and marvelled at how magical the rainforest & creek was, it was getting late. Rather than get there at dinner time we decided to stay this side of the ck and head over Sunday morning.
Oh, and what else would you expect to parked up in a rainforest track in FNQ?

Well, Sunday came & the creek had risen so we erred on the side of caution & stayed this side. We cooked some bacon & eggs up, then made a move back towards Cooktown and the Mt Amos road. I wanted to try and find the first camp I was at in 1982…near the old Serem Tin mine.

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