Weipa to Dulhunty Creek

I had parts sent to Weipa over a week ago that I ordered way back in Rockhampton well over a month back. They finally came in two weeks ago. While in Mossman I had the parts sent ahead to Weipa instead of Cairns to make sure they arrived before I did. As it turns out a week and a half wasn’t enough for the parts to get to Weipa. I will have to have the parts sent south again once they do finally arrive

 

Weipa is a mining town based around the extraction of Bauxite, the ore that Aluminium is refined from.

 

The deep water loading terminal for the Bauxite ships

The deep water loading terminal for the Bauxite ships

 

The ride to Bramwell Junction went much quicker than yesterday’s ride to Weipa.

The road through Batavia Downs that cuts across to the PDR

The road through Batavia Downs that cuts across to the PDR

 

That is the largest termite mound I have ever seen!

That is the largest termite mound I have ever seen!

 

The open spaced woodland beside the PDR between Batavia and Bramwell Downs.

The open spaced woodland beside the PDR between Batavia and Bramwell Downs.

 

The Wenlock River near the Moreton Telegraph Station

The Wenlock River near the Moreton Telegraph Station with the new Pirelli Scorpion MX Extra X tyre I bought in Weipa

 

Changing my front tyre and servicing my front brake calliper at Bramwell Junction

Changing my front tyre and servicing my front brake calliper at Bramwell Junction

We soon fuelled up for the old Overland Telegraph Track (OTT). The more aggressive front tyre that I bought yesterday in Weipa is the most off road oriented tyre I have ever used. A motorcross tyre actually.

 

The first crossing on the OTT sorts the hay from the chaff.

The first crossing on the OTT sorts the hay from the chaff. Palm Creek entry #2

 

CapetipR (10 of 26)

Down the steep entry and into the mud in the bottom of Palm Creek entry #1 with several onlookers including Ro and We of the ROWEFIDIBUS (http://www.rowefidibus.ch) who have travelled from Switzerland overland and are now travelling through Australia. We met them in Coen and now here waiting to watch others go through this crazy crossing.

CapetipR (11 of 26)

After bouncing off the wall with my panniers (oops, didn’t realise I was quite that wide) and dropping Mawson, I have another crack. The 14 tooth counter sprocket (lower overall gearing) makes a huge difference.

 

 

The mildly sandy track winds on with the occasionally dry creek bed to cross.

 

The first flowing creek was our goal for the day. A nice camp site of the the OTT. Dulhunty creek is flowing with beautiful clear artesian water.

Filtering water (to be on the safe side) out of the beautifully clear and refreshing artesian water of the Dulhunty Creek

Filtering water (to be on the safe side) out of the beautifully clear and refreshing artesian water of the Dulhunty Creek

 

Night fallen on the Dulhunty

Night fallen on the Dulhunty OTT crossing waterfall

There haven’t been too many others on the OTT yet which is really nice. I was a little concerned this would be a red neck four wheel drive fest. Certainly the difficulty of the crossings is because many four wheel drive nuts come here with their crazy machines when its wet and tear it up. I like to think my footprint is a little less severe but we take our little toll as well I guess. At least it isn’t too wet currently.

Dulhunty creek is lovely and we had a fantastic swim and bath under the little water fall below the crossing. I am really glad to be here.

 

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