The Road Ahead : August September 2007
40 AUG/SEP 07 SuperStar Brisbane from cruise with a SuperStar Brisbane from cruise with a For bookings contact RACQ Travel 1300 888 449 Australia's most popular cruise ship in South East Asia, SuperStar Gemini is coming to cruise Australian waters this summer. You can experience the warm Asian hospitality for which Star Cruises is renowned as well as her multi award-winning freestyle service. 15 night Brisbane to Fremantle $3,090 per person based on DB inside cabin Visits: the Whitsundays, Townsville, Cairns, Milne Bay (PNG), Darwin and Broome. Departs 11 December 2007 8 night Queensland Coastal $1,782 per person based on DB inside cabin Visits: Townsville, Willis Island, Cairns, the Whitsundays Departs 20 January 2008 16 night Brisbane to Singapore $2,994 per person based on DB inside cabin Visits: the Whitsundays, Townsville, Cairns, Milne Bay (PNG), Darwin, Komodo and Bali. Departs 1 February 2008 SCS14996-RACQ CONDITIONS APPLY: Prices quoted are in AUD and are based on per person twin share. Offers are subject to availability. All three cruises depart from Brisbane. Prices are correct as at 21.6.07. so far, it's both relaxing and soothing. Don't expect any camping facilities here. Without TVs, mobile phone coverage and creature comfor ts, it is literally back to the basics in the outback. Visitors can book exclusive use of Poppy's Pool with host Sandra Schleter, who cooked up a camp-fire fish and chicken meal for dinner. An early star t saw us head to the Hear tbreak Hotel, at the intersection of the Carpentaria and Tableland Highways, at Cape Crawford. This was our depar ture point for the Lost City. Situated in the Abner Ranges, the Lost City is a huge site of weathered sandstone formations discovered by Lindsay Crawford in 1880. Once an inland sea, the area was slowly 'chiselled' out from continual water seepage into what appears today -- 'skyscrapers'. Sandra Schleter gave us a run-down on the vegetation and fauna, along with the cultural histor y of the 'city'. There is an easy 1.5 km walk and a cave to explore. As these towering structures are accessible only by air, we opted for a 20-minute return helicopter ride with Airbourne Solutions. Territorians are known for their fishing exper tise and stories, so it was great that we had some time to test the 'waters'. Our travels had taken us to King Ash Bay, to meet Mark Hanlon, of Paradice Fishing Char ters. We took a two-hour boat ride to Nor th Island, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Once settled in at the lodge, the fishing lines materialised and it was back on the water for some serious fishing action. Mark's angling exper tise and in-depth knowledge of the Sir Edward Pellew Group almost guarantees visitors hoping to land a big one that they won't leave disappointed. For us the fish were many and varied. A mouth-watering seafood banquet awaited our arrival back on the island. With this, our outback adventure drew to a close. We made our way back to King Ash Bay, collected the 4WDs and drove to Borroloola Airpor t for our return flight to Dar win. Our final night was capped off with dinner at Pee Wees Restaurant, on Dar win's foreshore. The Dar win Airpor t Resor t is conveniently located only minutes from the airpor t, and suits singles, couples, families and business travellers. During six days in Nor thern Territor y climes, I had battled corrugated gravel tracks, deep wash-outs (remnants of the wet season) and a stock route, and mar velled at the sights of two national parks. Our group also rested aching muscles in thermal pools, discovered a 'lost city', tackled fishing and enjoyed a yarn or two with local characters. Travel in the Top End doesn't get any better than this. PLAN WITH RACQ If you are thinking of taking a driving holiday in the Nor thern Territor y, you can plan drive routes and accommodation online with the RACQ trip planner at racq.com. Pajero 4WD vehicles used on the writer's tour were supplied by Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited. ABOVE: Stock route encounter. PREVIOUS PAGE: Poppy's Pool (main photo). Max Smith's fish feeding show. Showman Frank Tur ton. Nor th Island.
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