Cairns to Bamaga, how much is sealed and what condition is it ...

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I may need to tow a trailer up to Bamaga and need to know what the roads are like, i have never been up there so i dont have a clue but i am FULLY aware of rain and corrugations ect, we will be going the "best" roads, no 4x4 tracks this time......
How far does the sealed road go and how much gravel is there .......
Any advice would be great...
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joe
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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 13:57

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 13:57
Bits and pieces up to Coen and the Check Point, after that a few odd bits, the road is good to Bamwell and the Bypass is good if you strike it soon after the grader, otherwise its full of horrigations.

If your just going one way could you put it on a boat at Kurumba to Bamaga.
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 14:44

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 14:44
Thanks for that, who is it that does the freight from Karumba, that would suit us better ...
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 18:14

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 18:14
We have a few friends that have caught the barge either north or south from Bamaga to either Weipa or Karumba over the years, I don't have any specifics but I think it is the barge that supplies the communities along the coast.
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Follow Up By: Member - OnYaBike - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 21:43

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 21:43
Cairns to Bamaga does not go through Karumba. Sea Swift freights from Cairns to Bamaga. But assuming your trailer is heavy duty, the road trip should be OK. Avoid the Telegraph Track, take the bypass.
It's bitumen to Laura, then dirt with the aforementioned bitumen strips mostly over what were once notoriously rough or steep sections.
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 22:01

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 22:01
thanks guys, i still have some numbers to ring about freight from Karumba to Weipa so will chase that up, if i can avoid the drive i will, yes Sea Swift does the run from Cairns and return and only goes as low as Weipa as far as i can see, will find out some more info tomorrow .....
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 19:56

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 19:56
Hi Joe, we did the bypass up and back in '08. Just as you're getting sick of the dust and corros a sign post in the middle of nowhere says "sealed road for 10 or 15km". Magic. We did it in the rig in my pic. At one stage I could sense that we were drifting left or right on straight stretches. Stopped to check road surface which was like ball bearings - it's thousands of bauxite nodules.
At one left hand bend some idiot came out of nowhere on our side of the road. How we did not collide is beyond explanation. Some sections are very sandy so you just plough through. The good news was - no punctures. Came back via Lakefield NP and Kalpower Crossing. Fuel at Bramwell was $2.20ish 30 litres for 13 bucks.Have a great trip..... W
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 22:04

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 22:04
Thanks Warrie, the roads will be fine as we live with that sort of stuff, scarey when it gets like that eh and yep the little bits of sealed stuff makes it soooo pleasent eh..
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