Cape York

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 15:42
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We are planning a four week trek to the cape (cairns to cairns) in June 2004.
I would appreciate any feedback in regard to planning the itinerary, best places to throw the swag down, or any other helpful tips, as this is our first trip up north.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 15:51

Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 15:51

On the left side of the screen under Topic Search, left click Trek Notes, then left click Articles/ Trek Search

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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 17:05

Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 17:05
If you click on my picture you can get my email address and email me direct and I can email you my itinerary which is OK as a starting point.
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 17:06

Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 17:06
Red we are also going to the cape its a great place and lots to see and do.
The best advice i can give is take your time and have fun, burn all your toilet paper and take your rubbish to the nearest pit there are plenty in the cape.

Hope you have a good time.
All the best
Eric York Connections
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Reply By: Seto - Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 17:44

Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 17:44
We are also planning a trip leaving Ellis Beach on 16th June heading for the Cape then down to catch up with Ruth in Birdsville via Chillagoe and Karumba. I have been getting a large amount of info from this forum, the Trek notes and travel journals also on this site. Another extremely good source is Ron Moon's latest Cape York book. Hope to catch up with you on the run. How many vehicles going with you and when are you heading off?

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Reply By: Paul63 - Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 21:06

Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 21:06
Redsox, I have been looking at some of the itineraries on the web provided by the tag-along tour operators. I'm hoping to get there myself in mid to late May.
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Reply By: duncs - Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 21:59

Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 21:59

If you reply to this as a form of reminder I could send you my itenarary form 99. We had a great trip.

I would recomend a visit to Cooktown, in fact I would spend little time in Cairns and more in Cooktown, it was just nicer.

The most accurate info we got on the trip was from the souvenier shop and tourist info centre in Cooktown and the Endeavor Butcher shop sold the best quality meat I have eaten in years. Vacuum packed with a friendly smile as well.

Have a great trip.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sandie R (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 11:10

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 11:10
Hi Duncs. We're also heading up the peninsular (in May); could you e-mail me your itinerary form 99, as well, please?!

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Follow Up By: duncs - Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 19:08

Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 19:08

Need an address ring o8 80872233 and ask for Duncan. Friday or Saturday.

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Reply By: lizard - Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 11:11

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 11:11
Agree with Duncs - Cooktown is a great place - Endeavour Meats do supply good meat - also try the fish & chips from down near the water and take up to near top of Grassy Hill for a good feed & great view .
Musgrave & Moreton telegraph stations are good for overnighters .... green grass to walk on (p.s they don't light the donkeys at Moreton till 17:00 hrs - so wait for a shower).
Twin Falls of course !
Have a great trip .
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 13:36

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 13:36
......and if you are staying overnight make sure you have dinner at the Cooktown Bowling Club - their coral trout is second to none. Also if you want to have a good chat with the locals - have a cold beer at the West Coast pub.
Enjoy the trip - likely to pass you on the way somewhere as we leave Canberra 24 Jul for a 7 week round 'Trip to the Tip'.
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Reply By: barkerj - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 09:42

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 09:42
You should consider a run down the Frenchman's track and head to Chilli Beach. Its windy but its an absolutely beautiful spot. Also check out the Bakery at Bamaga for a feed. When camping on the OTL try to stay away from the crowds (boy, some creeks have every man and their dog camped there with vehicles and clothes lines blocking the roadways. Reminds me of a caravan park during tourist season). On our way back down south we decided to explore one particular creek just before Elliot falls (I think its two creeks before Elliot). To the East of the road, there is a slight waterfall and if you walk another 10 meters there is another cascade of water down to a beautiful swimming hole. We pitched our tent on the hill leading down to the swimming hole in a lovely camping spot. If we had more time we would have stayed a few days. What I am trying to say is that you should take the time to look around or you'll miss some absolutely wonderful places.
Musgrave Station cooks up a decent steak meal.
Bramwell Station has a great little outback pub setup.
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