The plan was – make it to The Tip!
As much as we wanted to just jump in the Legend and go, we first had to have coffee and breakfast. Paul & Kirstine would have been fine with coffee, but there’s some fine print in the parenting contract somewhere that means you have to provide sustenance to the children you bring into the world 😛
Jokes aside, Paul set about preparing the Legend for the trip, not that it is far from where we were staying, but there short cut to the main road was a 4WD track, so recovery gear was a must! Treds, shovel, recovery kit, first aid kit, water and snacks.
The Roma Track is listed as difficult 4WD, and is definitely impassable in the wet. At the time that we were there, it was a great track, with varied contours, surfaces and ruts. It took about 30 minutes to get to the Pajinka Road, and the carpark at the Tip was only another 7km on from there on good graded road.
Walking over the rocks to our destination was no effort. It may have taken 15 minutes, but we had phenomenal views over the beach, and the multiple stone pyramids created by visitors. These didn’t detract from the landscape at all, and we each added a small stone to the first one we came across.
It was windy though, which meant that Paul couldn’t fly the DJI Mavic Pro. We reckon you would have to be exceptionally lucky to be there on a day when the winds were not gusting enough to blow the drone off into the Torres Strait!
Our pace along the rocks on the small peninsula quickened as we caught sight of the iconic sign at the landmark that is a mecca for so many 4WD enthusiasts and tourists. Aside from another couple who took their photos and spoke with the children, we were THE ONLY ONES AT THE NORTHERNMOST TIP OF AUSTRALIA for nearly 10 minutes!! That means that we were the Northernmost Family, and Luna was the Northernmost mindDog in all of Australia! Mind = BLOWN!!
We don’t generally do “selfies”, but felt compelled to for this momentous occasion. You’ll note that there is no such thing as a “good hair day” at Cape York 😛
There was a sea turtle bobbing in the Torres Strait seas just off The Tip, and this absolutely made our youngest daughter’s day. She ADORES sea turtles. We’ve since heard that there are a lot around the Cape at this time of year as they look for mates.
Eventually we dragged ourselves away as an influx of visitors arrived. We’ve heard that sometimes there are so many people there, that you nearly need to “take a number” and wait for your turn to photograph with the sign. It’s amazing to us that we had this stunning piece of Australia all to ourselves, if only for a while.
Kirstine drove back from Pajinka, taking the route along the Roma Track and feeling very much like a Learner Driver again! With Paul having been qualified as a 4WD instructor in his youth (hehe), he did enjoy telling Kirstine where to go and how to get there! That being said, at least she had the chance to do some real 4WD-ing at Cape York.
We were back at camp by mid-afternoon, and were in a kind of daze as we tried to process the events of the day. So many people dream of going to the Cape, and never go. To think we can now put a finger on the map and say “we were there”, is a massive achievement.
Veni, vidi vici!