From here on our trip back was pretty uneventful.
Day 10. The Falls to Weipa
Weipa is a mining town and really not much else. It’s meant to be fantastic for fishing, however, the prices are also fantastic. So we set up at the Weipa Caravan Park on a non powered site at the waters edge for a couple of days of R&R. Too bad you can’t swim for fear of crocs!
Day 11. Rest day at Weipa Rest day at Weipa, lazed around and went to the pub.
Day 12. Weipa to Chili Beach and Archer River Roadhouse
We left Weipa and to the Peninsula Developmental Road and turned off at the iron ranges. We were meant to stay at Chili beach however the campsite wasn’t good for our swag and there was nothing else available. This is a very popular spot, although I can’t see why.
We drove down to Portland Roads Out of The Blue Cafe, had some lovely locally caught seafood and then drove to Archer River Roadhouse.
Dinner was the famous Archer River burger, It is a bit of a legend with the tourists. The burger was $12 and HUGE! YUM!
Day 13. Archer River to Laura
We’re asked to give some of the local aboriginals a jump start in Archer River and saw more broken down on the road before Coen.
At the quarantine station (where we noticed we had a flat tyre) we were asked if we could tow some of the local Aboriginals into Coen as they had run out of fuel. Apparently a local family group was trying to get back up the Cape and drove their cars until they had no more fuel (?!?). We were unable to help as our car is starting to show signs that something may be wrong and we don’t want to risk more damage.
We saw the place where we rolled our car. The road has dried out so much that you would never know that 2 weeks ago that it was more a treacherous slush pool then a road. Along the sides of the road are reminders if you care to look. Deep tyre treads mark the churned edges where the graders haven’t yet been through.
We stayed the night in the back of the pub in Laura.
Day 14. Laura to Cooktown
We drove back to Cooktown and back to our trailer, our Cape York trip came to an end.