I've got a few questions for the locals to assist in my pretrip planning of the area. I need to travel from Atherton to Mount Isa and want to take highways 1/62/63 (Kennedy Hwy/Kennedy Development Road/Gregroy Development Road). First off, is it totally paved? I'll be traveling solo on a KLR loaded with clothing & camping gear. I figure if the road is paved, there will be more people traveling on it in case I have mechanical/injury issues. Second, is petrol available somewhere around the middle? I don't think I can make the distance on one tank of petrol and will not be carrying extra. I know I can take the A1 along the coast and none of the above will be a factor, but that will be backtracking the same road I came up from Brisbane. I want to see something new if I can. Maybe it won't be worth it if the scenery is that beautiful along the coast. Also, any suggestions on quiet/secure/clean/inexpensive places to camp (either in a tent or cabin) in and around Townsville & Cairns. I'm not looking for a resort, nightlife, or close proximity to tourist attractions. Thanks for any thoughts and suggestions.