Cooktown to the tip...?

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 15:59
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G'day there,

a few mates and I are heading up to Cooktown early July in my stock 2007 Prado VX Diesel. I know you can head up to the tip on OTT but from everything I've seen and read that takes experience, a few days and a better 4WD than mine!

Are there any easier ways to get the the tip that can be done as a day trip from Cooktown (we don't mind leaving at sunrise and getting back at sunset)? I know this country is best enjoyed with plenty of time but sadly I didn't have annual much leave up my sleeve (used that on my trips to the centre) so I'm trying to make the best of it :)
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Reply By: Batt's - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:11

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:11
flying would be the only way or wait till you have more time on your next holiday and enjoy the drive it's not a trip to rush on the tip will still be there.
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Follow Up By: Member - OnYaBike - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 19:25

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 19:25
Batt's is right, flying is the only way to do it in a day but then if you hired a car to look around once there you still wouldn't fit it in a day.
If you insist on driving, July is peak tourist time so on the road you would have to contend with convoys of travellers nose to tail and loads of dust. Also remember the Jardine ferry does not run 24 hrs a day, nor are fuel stops open 24/7 so carry fuel if travelling at night.

I travel from Cairns once or twice a year and do it in two days. I have driven non stop travelling south as I am home when I get to Cairns but usually camp half way. I know Bamaga locals will do the trip non stop, timing their arrival at the ferry. They know the road well and do it in ridiculous times, but this does not allow for the unexpected. As another post said, there are fatalities.

Save it for a time when you can do it at leisure and enjoy it. I recommend after September when the tourist traffic drops dramatically.
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Reply By: aboutfivebucks (Pilbara) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:43

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:43
Quickest route to the tip from Cooktown - 870km each way.

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Follow Up By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 20:03

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 20:03
Pelican:

If you were doing 100 kph on bitumen it would take over 17 hrs to drive 870 each way and that's not allowing for ANY stoppages or hold-ups. You're on the Cape, mate, not the Stuart Hwy or the motorway. Not a chance unless you're intent on killing yourselves and others along the way.
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Follow Up By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 20:07

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 20:07
sorry, should've read "Philby" - mixed up another thread, believe it or not.

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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:45

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:45
to put it simply................NO
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Reply By: mountainman - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 17:31

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 17:31
people that rush that trip usualy end up in the morgue !!
travel too fast on the gravel, lose control and roll, or have head on collision.

now thats not a holiday !

you should do some more research, their should be other options better suited with the time you have, limited that it may be..
other places.. dont stop looking, ask away.. on ideas..

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Follow Up By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 18:44

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 18:44
I've been first on the scene at three fatals now on the Cape- don't want to see any more. Unfortunately if you don't have the time, it is best to not do the trip until you do.
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Reply By: Philby - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 19:28

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 19:28
What about over two days? Are there any other means (like via boat) to get there?
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 20:32

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 20:32
Philby

It's 870 Kms EACH way. I wouldn't even try that on bitumen over two days. Not even time for a toilet break. At the most, the best safe speed would be around 60.

Like said before, fly or wait.

We (all above) are not having you on mate.

Bad news! Sorry but just a fact.

Phil
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Follow Up By: mountainman - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 21:15

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 21:15
do what charlie and boots did..
take a charter on a plane if your that keen..
might cost a bit, maybe ?

your not realy getting what people are saying here are you.. ?
DONT DRIVE..

re read all posts, olsens tours have been on the scene for 3 fatalities.
thats the ones they have seen !!
even the servo operators will say the same thing.
SICK OF SEEING FATALITIES !!
happens over and OVER AGAIN..

CHANGE YOUR PLANS.
try something closer !!

i havnt even been up that way, yet i hear it all the time.

idiots think they can do a quick burn to the tip and back..

factor in.....
fatigue, loss of control on a dirt road, head on collision..
you also have to think of the other idiots on the road doing the same thing... taking risks.. and doing a quick trip to the top of cape york.

HIGH RISK..
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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 22:57

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 22:57
G'day Philby,

there's plenty to see around Cooktown.

You'd need a week to drive up to the Tip and back to Cooktown. Even then you'd only buying a sticker, not really experiencing the place.

Plan a trip and make the time. It will one of the best experiences you've had if you do it properly and enjoy the trip.

Go to the Lions Den and camp out the back for a night instead.

Hoo roo,
Steve
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Reply By: edwin - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 05:24

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 05:24
Skytrans I think fly cairns to bamaga. As other's have said.plenty to see around cooktown. Archer point.annan river.
Go and visit eddies camp and have a look around Cape Bedford or even cape flattery if your well equipped.
I used to work at the mechanics at seisia and have seen many a new 4x4 and flashy expensive campers suspension destroyed by flogging up the main track.
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Reply By: Philby - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 10:15

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 10:15
OK thanks for the tips. Sounds like I have to take driving to the tip off the list. I'm going to try & find a plane/chopper or boat that can take us there (any suggestions would be helpful).
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Follow Up By: bruce b2 - Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 13:56

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 13:56
looks like i'm going to take this trip off my list for a while also, bugger. was looking forward but haven't got the time or experience. as philby said - thanks for the tips. lets work on plan B.

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