Now that we’d made it through the Old Telegraph Track it was a straight forward run through to the top – the Peninsula Development Road after Weipa was in pretty good shape. We paid our ferry fee ($68 return for motorcycles) and headed over the Jardine River.
This is what $68 gets you.
Fuel isn’t cheap either.. I’m very thankful the XR gets good economy!
We headed up towards Seisia where we had been told by some riders coming down from the top we could find powered huts on the water for $20 – sounded good to us!
The view from our hut.
We stayed a night here and then I decided to backtrack to Bamaga – I was searching for some WWII aircraft wrecks. After a few false starts we eventually found two out of the three.
Beauford Wreck – this wreck is only a kilometre from the airstrip.
This wreck was surprisingly not very scattered – I’m not sure if any pieces had been moved but the bulk of it was contained in the area seen in the photo above. The 14 cylinder twin bank radial engines were missing but I found one at the nearby tourist information centre in Bamaga (which looks to have been shut down for quite some time). I’m fairly certain the engine outside the centre is from this wreck.
Old fuel drums littered the landscape – we found hundreds upon hundreds strewn throughout the scrub.
Closer towards Bamaga we found the DC3 wreck – the wreck I was mainly interested in. The DC3 had crashed at the end of the war in 1945 and had broken up over a much larger area than the Beauford wreck – it also claimed six lives.
All of these wrecks are now designated memorial sites and thankfully appear to have not been vandalised.
After stopping off at the wrecks we pressed onwards further North – we decided to stop in at Punsand Bay as our next stop over. Accomodation was basic but at $12 for shelter from the rain with hot showers and a bar on site we were rather satisfied. I also happened to bump into a couple who had recently moved up to help their family who ran the campsite whom originated from South West Rocks – quite close to my hometown. Small world!
Most of the poles near the campsites had been ‘signed’ by those who had made the pilgrimage to the track. We couldn’t pass up an opportunity..
Obligatory bush Turkey photo
We spent the following day(s) not doing particularly much of anything which was a fairly welcome change. I went for a ride to Pajinka (The tip) but didn’t do the walk to the top to pass some time – we would do it as a group the following day. We had originally planned to head up for sunrise on the 13th but poor weather meant we would instead head up for sunset. Before heading to the top we stopped in at Somerset where a bizarre shrine greeted us..
Travelling light(er).. Leaving some of the gear at camp was most welcome.
From here we headed to Pajinka – but that’ll have to wait for my next video post