In early June four of us completed another long bushwalk on Cape York Peninsula, traversing 200 km of diverse and mostly remote country south-west and south of Cooktown over 18 days.
This took in sandstone country of the Battle Camp Range, a belt of metamorphics and a high granite tableland, over an altitude range of 1100 metres – a lot of very beautiful country, but also some sadness with the destructive combination of cattle, weeds and too much fire in evidence. The Cooktown Orchids were out in force and the gnarled trees along the creeklines were magnificent. We all agreed the wonderful Mount Windsor Tableland was the highlight, with its superb forests, granite tors, cascading creeks and a remarkable environmental gradient from upland rainforest to spinifex and Cypress Pines in just a few kilometres. The tableland is in a National Park, but very remote with little active management.
A selection of photographs from this journey will be added to the New Images page shortly.