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    What an adventure! Glad you made it in one piece, Cuppa.

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    After the Old Coach Road, we've spent the past couple of weeks chilling in a couple of rather special spots.

    http://cuppa500.com/Blog/2021/06/26/...ect-camp-spot/

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    Keep on Living and Loving the Dream you Two
    Best write up yet, pictures & videos Awesome, Thanks Cuppa Mates
    A very appreciative special thanks too for the instant and highly detailed medical touring advice kindly received prior to your last departure. My copy cat DeVilbis Blue is enroute from QLD hopefully just in time for our NT work departure soon.
    I must say though, initially you forgot to privately mention the Flatulence downhill CPAP situation, I have taken a deliberate write up screenshot now for my own future camp setup needs, Super Appreciated




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    Here you go, a pic (& video) heavy blog from the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival we attended last week. We loved it & reckon it's a worthy item to add to anyone's Cape York bucket list. If you fancy it you have plenty of time to plan - next one is in two years time.

    http://cuppa500.com/Blog/2021/07/11/...ance-festival/

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    After going back to Mareeba to get new batteries & the split water tank repaired we returned to Laura where we have been chilling out for the past 10 days.


    http://cuppa500.com/Blog/2021/07/24/a-few-returns/

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    Happy Birthday Cuppa Mate


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    He we go folks. We reached Coen this morning after a week in Lakefield NP & another at a friend's station half way between the PDR & Pormpuraaw.

    http://cuppa500.com/Blog/2021/08/07/...eld-np-beyond/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuppa View Post
    He we go folks. We reached Coen this morning after a week in Lakefield NP & another at a friend's station half way between the PDR & Pormpuraaw.

    http://cuppa500.com/Blog/2021/08/07/...eld-np-beyond/
    Thanks Cuppa,another good read....

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    @Cuppa - You could possibly also think about going out to Port Stewart and South down the coast through Lama Lama land. You would come out at that 5-mile camp basically. There was a 4m+ saltie living right up the 5-mile for many years. Scared the shit out of me one year when I nearly stumbled onto it high up a bank and well away from the water. The track down is remote but I heard that it was graded a few years ago. NPWS gated it, but it is actually a gazetted stock route and they have no right to block passage. Would pay to check though. If you do go this way, there is a little secret spot called the 1-mile, just South of the Stewart River on the beach. Bit tricky with the camper trailer, but it was a favorite of mine when I was based in Coen for a while. Big barra can be caught off the beach there when the tide is right.

    South of that there is another creek (I think it was called the 5-mile) and then further down is an old outstation at Running Creek which had a good donkey hot water setup for a fresh water shower and great fishing as the tide changed over the shallow sandy entrance to the creek.

    You will need the OK from the Lama Lama mob still I believe. Ask in Coen for the contact out there at the Port Stewart outstation or drop in and ask the boys/girls in Blue. They'll know who is out there now.

    The drive around to Cape Melville and down to Cooktown on the Wakooka Road is also worth doing. I had heard that Bathurst Bay was closed off now, but not sure. Cape Flattery has been closed off at the tunnel beneath the silica mine conveyor, but still a nice drive, albeit with a pretty big sand dune to come back up if you do go down there.

    Did you ever manage to get into the Olive River off the Frenchman's Track? The Wattle Hills area?

    The other area you might want to check out is the Mungkan Kandju NP, just North of Coen and out to the West. It takes a few hours but is worth the drive to the end to Archer Bends. There are several very picturesque billabongs along the way to camp on and the Lotus flower type lillies that only grow there can be found if the wild cattle haven't trampled everything. Big crocs at Archer Bends too.

    Keep those Blogs coming Cuppa, we are all living it through you at the moment!
    Between Patrols ATM. Had a beaut GU with 6.5 Chev TD. Next is a GU ute with a 4.5 litre Cummins conversion and a camper on the back.

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    Currently at Chilli Beach…. Wet & windy! Intend to go dow the Running creek track on the way south, plus the Cape Melville/ Starke Wakooka track. Missed the Archer river bends on the way up, as we had arranged to arrive where we are camped currently on a specific date. Hopefully will manage some backtracking to get there.Had our first Pfizer jabs at Coen. Probably get our second at Weipa, but here until end of August with another week house sitting on Cape Weymouth last week of the month. (Or sooner if this crap weather persists). Never received the promised directions from the folk at Wattle hills unfortunately. Posted from Chilli Beach via 1 bar 3G. (& lots of patience!)

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