Little Mulgrave River Camp

We spent 4 weeks next to the Little Mulgrave River while visiting family and friends. The crystal clear fast flowing water makes its way from the Lamb Range down past our camp and the Mountain View Hotel where it meets the Mulgrave River.

No TV reception and barely 1 dot phone reception with the wind blowing the right way. So plenty of time to sit under the awning and watch the wet season downpours

This is a popular river for swimming and also with canoeists and Cairns adventure tours riding the rapids and floating down the river past our camp on innertubes.

Had to give it a go in an inflatable canoe we just happened to have with us.

Steven heading off downriver

Very pleasant floating along in the quiet sections. But it turned out to be a new experience as I have never gone down rapids in a canoe before!

Exciting but not too dangerous down these small rapids, no problem! Well up until a bloke in a canoe went down a rapid before me and was thrown out. Hmmm, there was no turning back now! A little challenging in the fast water over the rocks in a very flexible inflatable canoe but it turned out to be a lot of fun.

Also managed to catch a few Jungle perch using worms. It took only seconds for the fish to take the bait after every cast.

Little Mulgrave River

There is also gold in them there hills! The Mulgrave river and the Goldsborough valley was a small gold rush area back in 1888. The Mulgrave River gold field was basically an alluvial one – the gold was found mostly in deposits left by flowing water on or near the surface.

There is also gold in them there hills! The Mulgrave river and the Goldsborough valley was a small gold rush area back in 1888. The Mulgrave River gold field was basically an alluvial one – the gold was found mostly in deposits left by flowing water on or near the surface.

While out walking I discovered a small rain forest creek  that had all the signs of possible gold. Thought it may be worth a try to see if it was actually gold bearing. Spent a pleasant afternoon panning in the creek but no gold this time.

We are close to the popular 100 year old Mountain View Hotel. This is a traditional old timber Queenslander building, right on the banks of the river. Very pleasant Sunday afternoons with live music, relaxing on the lawn with a cold drink.

After a 2 week wait we find out that the replacement cooling fan for the Motorhome is now coming from Italy, delivery 6 weeks to 6 months! A non refundable $1200 already paid for the fan. But it is just too long to wait.

So under the watchful eye of our resident speckled drongo it was time ti bite the bullet and pull the front of the Motorhome apart, modify the cooling shroud and make a $128 cooling fan from Repco fit in the hole.

Time to cool off

All fixed, works great and engine warning light off, time to hit the road again. Anyone want to buy a spare Fiat cooling fan for $1200?


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