Another Drive to The Lion’s Den

In previous posts I’ve talked about the run up to The Lion’s Den Hotel. This post was about the road works that started in 2013/14, and this one was a kind of ‘Through The Windscreen View’ drive to the Big Annan River.

There are other posts that showed the state of the road a little over 2 years back. Anyway, the road is now Bitumen from Wujal Wujal all the way through to the Mulligan Highway. A sealed road is a two edged sword though. Easier access means more people travelling this way, which has its good and bad points. It also means that Government types etc have easier access to this neck of the woods. However, in a decent vehicle, the run to The Lion’s Den Hotel takes about 20 to 30 minutes, instead of 45 to 60. Yesterday arvo, we took a run up to ‘The Den’ to grab some beer for ANZAC day (and because it was Thursday…any excuse).

Norm grabbed a carton of XXXX Gold and I grabbed a dozen Coopers Sparkling Ales. We pondered stopping for one, but decided to just head home slow and maybe have a roadie on the way. Before we left The Den, I did a tourist and took some photos of the resurrected Lion that has been at the front door of The Den for years. I also played with Autostitch again (I love the simplicity of it).

Lion's Den Hotel Entrance

Lion’s Den Hotel Entrance

The Lion at The Den 2015

The Lion at The Den 2015

A small panorama of the Lion's Den Hotel in Far North Queensland

A small panorama of the Lion’s Den Hotel in Far North Queensland

The Lion's Den Coconut warning.

The Lion’s Den Coconut warning.

On the way back, I took a shot from the top of The Gap. I’ll do better one day, but this is the view from about 500 metres.

The view from the top of The Gap, between Rossville and Bloomfield

The view from the top of The Gap, between Rossville and Bloomfield

These maps and satellite views will give you an idea of the drive up to the pub.

This screenshot is from Garmin basecamp, with the track overlaid onto the Aust NZ topo map. It shows the track from home (bottom of image), out to the main road and up through The Gap to the Lion’s Den Hotel.

This is a Google Earth view of The Lion’s Den Hotel

The Lion's Den Hotel courtesy of Google Earth

The Lion’s Den Hotel courtesy of Google Earth

GPS track of Den Run - Garmin etrex 30 and Garmin Base Camp

GPS track of Den Run – Garmin etrex 30 and Garmin Base Camp

This is the same track overlaid in Google Earth

The path to The Lion's Den Hotel overlaid in Google Earth

The path to The Lion’s Den Hotel overlaid in Google Earth

This is the map that is found on Flightradar247.com. I’ve pointed out roughly where home is and the spot at the top of the Gap that I took the photo. You can see how steep the mountains really are in this image.

Texture_Map_Gap

Oh, and I took another photo of the yard from a different angle, and made a larger panorama from the other direction.

Looking North down past the house to the driveway

Looking North down past the house to the driveway

Panorama made from 26 individual images.

Panorama made from 26 individual images.

I plan on recording images from around Ayton and surrounds, to record what this bit of paradise looks like now. I feel that one day soon, there will be some more development here and we may lose the joy of isolation. If you want to find out more about the Lion’s Den, check out their website at http://lionsdenhotel.com.au/

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