Cape trip September

Hi everyone. Leaving for the Cape in a couple of days and have been reading different reports on conditions of tracks and creeks. While the tracks don't worry me, deep water and crocs do. I'd appreciate any latest news and advice. Travelling with my partner and hoping to meet fellow 4wders on the way exploring out of the way places. 4.8 GU Patrol is my vehicle
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Reply By: 178 - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 07:58

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 07:58
There was a bunch of people went to cape and have just returned. Check with them on

sixtiestothecape.freeforums.org you will need membership to access and can join in chat in the evening.
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Follow Up By: wayneh123 - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 08:04

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 08:04
Thanks. Will do.
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 09:45

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 09:45
Wayne
Seems your question is just about deep water and crocs, my reply below deals mainly with the OTT north of the Wenlock
On the OTT your only deep water will be Nolans Brook and another billabong just south of Nolans. No crocs there
Most of the little streams and creeks on the OTT are croc free. There has been reports in years past of a croc at cockatoo creek. You will soon see when you get there, hard to explain but it will be self explanatory. It will be very obvious which ones are safe for a swim.
Bigger rivers will always potentially have crocs. Wenlock, Archer, Jardine. Again when you see them it will be pretty obvious that there are more than just lizards in them. At the Archer, crossing when the water is down and you have sand for hundred metres up and down with clear water, it should be ok and many people camp and swim there in the dry season
The overriding position is of course to be croc wise if unsure

On the non OTT tracks specially north of the Jardine I would simply assume crocs in any body of water, including the sea.
CJ
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Follow Up By: wayneh123 - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 10:13

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 10:13
Thanks I've seen a few videos of cars getting stuck at Nolan's. I'm pretty well prepared just haven't gone through metre deep water before.
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Reply By: bigden - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 09:49

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 09:49
hi wayne
we went thru the tele track in early july in a great wall wagon and had no problem with water depth . in sept in a patrol you will have no issues
there are no crocs on the track and despite trying to find some elsewhere never saw one.
we did here reports of them at the beach at seisha and portland roads.
we even drove 5k along chilli beach to the next creek were the local resident is 15foot long. still didnt see any

dennis
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Follow Up By: wayneh123 - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 10:09

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 10:09
Dennis did you do Nolan's Brook?
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Follow Up By: bigden - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 11:16

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 11:16
yes, we did the whole track.
palm creek was by far the hardest. from everyone we spoke to very few were getting out unnassisted. the was a family camped there who told us they only saw one car drive out the previous day . i believe there is a chicken track near there
i dont know how to post a link but if you search" telegraph track great wall" on youtube you will see our nolans crossing as well as most of the other creeks
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Follow Up By: wayneh123 - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:48

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:48
Thanks for those videos. You made most of it look easy
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Follow Up By: bigden - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 13:07

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 13:07
i didnt make the palm creek exit look easy :)
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Reply By: around we go - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 10:15

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 10:15
Well you have chosen the best time to go even if it will be a bit sticky and humid, just before the rain starts.. the water levels should be at their lowest point now as you will be at the end of the dry... should also be to early for the stingers to be out and about in the sea as well.. as for crocs just always remember that they could be there but don't let them stop you having a good time. Croc's don't normally like fast flowing rivers and stick to billabongs... we lived in the tropics ( Darwin, Cairns and Mackay ) for 13 years and we have never had a problem with crocs... have a blast
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Follow Up By: wayneh123 - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:49

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:49
Thanks very much. We will!
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