Turning South

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We are presently in Cooktown, FNQ, and this marks the northern most point of our current escape from winter in Perth.

We've visited some very nice places. Much more detail here:

My Travel Blog

It would be nice to be able to put links to external blogs in the Members' Blog section, but maybe that is something for later.

We will be turning south from here on the homeward journey.

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Reply By: Kanga1 - Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 18:01

Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 18:01
Nice Blog GB, great pictures particularly the aircraft, you must have an awesome camera!
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 18:57

Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 18:57
Thanks Kanga,

it's a Sony A55V with a 300mm tele lens.

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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 19:07

Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 19:07
G'day, wondering how you did the map of your travels on your blog, would love to have the same for my travels. Thanks in advance, John
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 19:11

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Reply By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 19:18

Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 19:18
GB glad you are having a great time. Loved the blog and the photos. Keep them coming. Have to say your track is pretty awsome as well. Something to aspire to!!! LOL
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 12:02

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 12:02
Thanks Phill,

Have a great time on the Gibb River Road. But be careful, there are some idiots out there.

Here's my account: Crossing the Gibb River Road
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 20:26

Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 20:26
G'day GB,

Enjoyable read and thanks for sharing!

Kind regards
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Reply By: Member - Wamuranman - Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 21:19

Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 21:19
If you head south on the main highway GB you will pass through Lakelands as we did last year. I was amazed at the massive banana plantation there .... the biggest single patch of bananas I have ever seen. I learnt later it was 250ha. The family actually bought 3200ha there a few years ago to cyclone proof their banana business (since Lakelands is off the coast a bit). They own other banana farms at Innisfail I think. There could be more under bananas at the Lakelands farm by now. This family produces over 10% of all banana production in Australia....more than $50m worth as of a few years ago.
A little bit of local history...
Cheers...have a safe and great trip.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:42

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:42
Thanks for that info. We will be stopping at Lakelands to refuel on Tuesday. I'll have a good look around.

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Reply By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 01:02

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 01:02
nice to see some one else that shoots sony , nice reults
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:49

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:49
Stuart, it certainly is a nice camera.

I used to have a Canon DSLR but it didn't have the option of 16X9 aspect ratio photos.

I put my photos on a USB thumbdrive at home and plug it into the tellie for a slideshow and I couldn't watch it with black bars on either side, so I changed to the Sony.

The tele lens isn't as well constructed as the Sony but the end result is just as good.

All the other photos are taken with a Sony HX9V which I carry in my top pocket. It's superseded now with a better camera but I really like it. Great for travelling.

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Reply By: Member - ken m4 - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:16

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:16
My wife and I stayed at the Home hill comfort stop not knowing about the showgrounds park, will keep that in mind. To your comment about users and abusers, we were informed on 2 occasions of people using free parks around the Charters Towers area and dumping their Grey and black water on the ground at 2 of the 3 sites, also abusing the council staff for no toilet paper at one of the sites. As you have stated this can and will lead to closures, and legitimate camping only allowed on regulated sites at a charge. Looking at the Camps 6 book we see many public dump sites listed as well as some of these sites having toilet facilities serviced by councils. I am sure that this vandilisation will lead to more regulation of these sites.
On a more positive note great blog, photos and map of comprehensive travels But no Tassie?
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:41

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:41
Yes Ken, my apologies to all Taswegians. When we get to explore Tassie I'll have to find a separate map.
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:34

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:34
Gone Bush

I was reading your blog and about the extra seal you put on your waterproof door.

Why did you place it vertically? When if placed horizontally across the top it would still push the door into the seal and would also stop dust going into the gas vent in the lower door.

I have a piece of foam I stick in the top (horizontally) but your solution is so much better.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:39

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 07:39
Thanks Alan,

I've dealt with the door vent separately. Message sent.
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