Got our fishing gear out and set it up, boat is launched Capt Alf aboard , motor good starts quickly and off he went on trials , rods aboard with lures to try catch a barramundi, use a shallow driving lure, blade almost flat , anyway no luck. so after a day set off for Cape York. As you know with fishing everything has to be just right,the whole of the east QLD coast has strong onshore winds which is no go for fishermen, the idea is to try the east QLD coast for fish.
The Cairns/Cooktown area is cassowary country, but have not seen any, apparently can be very aggressive with a very hard top to their head and will attack you , probably best we didn't see any, pretty straight run to just past Archer River , where camped for night. During the day passed a number of billabongs , they have water lilies which are about to come into flower, one side of the road they are white and the other side they are red, pity they aren't in full bloom
Intend reach Seisa today which is close to Cape York, the roads are still good as this is a well travelled route, we stop at Fruit Bat falls , didn't see any bats but the falls are beautiful a oasis in a dry wilderness, went for a swim , lovely
Took the ferry across the Jardine River, a 5 min ride on a flat barge hauling itself across on a fixed wire line .
1st Aug got to Cape York, northern most tip of Australia clambered over a rocky path to very tip, beautiful spot, people have built up numerous small cairns and others hve put up memorial plates to their loved ones. We next cut across to Somerset with a view to camp there, but others got there before us, so decided head for Vrilya point a good fishing spot, we are told, had also met some guys who had tried there luck fishing with 50lbs line and no wire traces, out on a reef, something big had chomped up their lines.. got to get heavier lines.. 100 lbs.. we already hve wire traces and can make up our own, visit tackle shop, a well stocked shop, very tempted buy more gear, but collectively resisted the temptation
Tdy we head for Vrilya point, cross back over on the ferry, back the way we came till the turn off, this is a track and a rough road 76k of it, cross Crystal creek , fresh water if we need it then over a wooden log bridge, logs are lengthways, well managed by Geoff and Alf, finally get to a spot on the beach, like a paradise, set up camp on beach