Thirty years to get to Cooktown, done

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

ROB and Ken Elmer fi­nally vis­ited Cooktown in the year of their 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary. It just took 32 years longer than planned. Their first at­tempt was 1981 when they parked the car­a­van in Moss­man and spent the day driv­ing to Cape Tribu­la­tion and back on the rough "gib­ber track" as Rob called it.

The next try was 1984 when as part of a Gang of Four they reached Cairns via the Gulf and only Rob had the en­ergy to book a seat in a lit­tle Cessna. Rain, heavy del­ug­ing July rain cru­elled their sec­ond at­tempt at the last minute.

Now to their third and suc­cess­ful at­tempt. Sen­si­bly they were driven to the area from Palm Cove, then took a 4WD tour.

Rob didn’t stopped grin­ning the whole trip! It was just tremen­dous that two won­der­fully ac­tive el­ders were lap­ping up the at­mos­phere, his­tory and beau­ti­ful scenery of the area —which met their ev­ery ex­pec­ta­tion. It was topped by Grassy Hill, fish and chips and the big croc on the Bloom­field River.

For the record, Ken is 93 and Rob 91 years old this year. And they play golf twice weekly at Macleod Coun­try Club in Bris­bane. Play­ing strong!

Pic­ture: MIKE D’ARCY


Ken and Robyn Elmer

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