Cuppa's Blog - Caretaking Moreton Telegraph Station for the Wet

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Our latest blog post describing our lived experience up here in this remote & isolated spot

https://cuppa500.com/Blog/wet-season-caretaking-cape-york/
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Monday, Jan 24, 2022 at 07:55

Monday, Jan 24, 2022 at 07:55
Hi Cuppa,

Wow, what a great read, and an even better experience.

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Reply By: Banjo (WA) - Monday, Jan 24, 2022 at 09:30

Monday, Jan 24, 2022 at 09:30
What a fantastic experience!
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Reply By: Member - Jim S1 - Monday, Jan 24, 2022 at 09:43

Monday, Jan 24, 2022 at 09:43
Thanks for that Cuppa ........ absolutely fascinating read ....... and some great photos.

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Reply By: Aussie1 - Monday, Jan 24, 2022 at 11:31

Monday, Jan 24, 2022 at 11:31
As others have already said, really great to read about your wonderful experience. Thank you for sharing, especially the all the pictures. Enjoy the rest of your time there.
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Monday, Jan 24, 2022 at 12:35

Monday, Jan 24, 2022 at 12:35
Thanks for sharing your adventure!
A great read.
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Reply By: Gbc.. - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022 at 08:12

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022 at 08:12
So we’ll written, Thankyou. I’m late for work now but didn’t want to stop reading. So many memories for me when working up there in the 80’s and 90’s - when no person in their right mind went into iron range NP unless armed - Portland roads rent-a-crowd as they were known (drug crop growers), and the fox tail palm seed runners who didn’t ask questions. I suppose the old army test bombing areas and twisted iron towers are still around (agent orange test sites I was told?).
Love the day to day stuff also, so many similar memories from living on lighthouse stations. I look forward to the next one.
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022 at 09:14

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022 at 09:14
It was a nuclear test site.Operation Blowdown
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Follow Up By: Gbc.. - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022 at 14:17

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022 at 14:17
Thankyou for putting me straight Stephen, great link.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cuppa - Friday, Jan 28, 2022 at 18:11

Friday, Jan 28, 2022 at 18:11
Actually it wasn't a nuclear test . It was a simulated nuclear test. A huge spherical bomb made of conventional explosives, & placed high on a tower at or just above the tree canopy - to establish rthe effects of such an explosion on the rainforest .
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Follow Up By: Gbc.. - Friday, Jan 28, 2022 at 20:03

Friday, Jan 28, 2022 at 20:03
I recall the twisted steel etc and the whole area was still mostly deforested. That would have been about 1989. That’s why I thought it might have been a defoliant of some description. I know next to nothing about military weapons. Weird day, got a lift with the posty from Portland roads to iron range international airport to catch the medical flight for Lockhart. In those days it was pretty unsavoury all round.
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022 at 16:29

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022 at 16:29
Thanks Cuppa. As others have said, a most enjoyable read. I think you should put all the installments together and publish them as a book.

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Reply By: bobsabobsa - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2022 at 10:42

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2022 at 10:42
Wow
what a great read , thank you so much
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Reply By: Gusthebus - Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 at 18:04

Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 at 18:04
Thanks again, as a Cairns resident who's been up there a bit great to hear the detail of the wet season realities. Your considered thinking also prompted me to buy an ex Telstra gu which more than serviced our purpose on our 6 mth camping trip. Enjoy iron range, such a unique part of our world.
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