Maytown, Old Coach Rd.

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Hi All, Our local 4x4 club has a trip driving the Old Coach Rd in a couple of weeks. Asking anyone here has driven the track in the last couple of weeks. From memory cyclone Nathan hosed the area down only 6-8 weeks back so we are expecting surprises! feedback is appreciated. Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:42

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:42
G'day Bill,

Did it in '93 and the image is still clear in my mind. No time for photos as we were busy building ramps getting down. It took in excess of 8 hours and the bride was not super impressed.

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Follow Up By: peter f7 - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:58

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 21:58
thats the way iIremember it when we did it in 97
what a goat track !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - NQ Bill - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 22:26

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 at 22:26
Thanks Gentlemen,
A lot of water has flowed over that track since you were there!!! Saying that the track has a bad reputation thus my inquiry
Keep the shiny side up :):)
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 10:36

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 10:36
There's a number of videos on YouTube of people traversing the Coach Road, and even towing camper trailers. Think they're a bit more recent than the dates given above.

Also been plenty of comment on this site too, especially after the alleged murder of the miner by the couple from nearby station. Think there was a thread, maybe in past 3-6 months.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 21:50

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We had a member of our party tow his camper trailer down that track last September. I know its not since the last cyclonic disturbance there but it wasn't a big drama for them
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 07:48

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 07:48
So where the hell is Maytown? Google maps does not recognise the name.
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Follow Up By: BunderDog - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 09:22

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One of the best goat tracks in Queensland.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 10:40

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 10:40
Did you click on the Maytown link, Peter?

Some photos there, as well as co-ordinates etc. Would be an interesting place to visit.......plenty of old history.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 14:20

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I did not see it when I posted the reply. I now see it. Tks.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony F8 - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 16:19

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 16:19
Peter, google cq miners den from memory, lot of info there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony F8 - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 16:36

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 16:36
Sorry Peter, nq miners denmaytown.
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Reply By: Rob K (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 09:02

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 09:02
Hi Bill,

Try this link from 4x4Earth Laura to Maytown. Might give you some leads if you join 4x4Earth?

Enjoy the trip.

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 11:06

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 11:06
There's a trek note on this site for it too. We did it '98. Definitely only for high clearance vehicles and some surprises would be guaranteed. Worth doing though.
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 11:34

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 11:34
Seriously consider extra spares, or at least take great care when you veer off the early stages of the track as there are rock-hard stakes hidden in the grass.
From memory the first half (roughly, distance) out of Laura took us one hour, the second half took 7 hours.
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Reply By: Member - Anthony W Adelaide - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 11:40

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 11:40
We are heading that way in June too. Towing our new (to us) Kimberley Kamper. As above, there are lots of videos on youtube.

If others are towing trailers through then it must be do-able.

Looks like a great adventure and we can't wait.
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Reply By: Member - Tony F8 - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 16:24

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 16:24
Did the Old Coach Road last May for the third time, took nine hours from dogleg creek to laura, still one of the best tracks around, if your towing a trailer, be prepared, it's not to be taken lightly, make sure your trailer brakes are top notch and would be sensible to have another vehicle with you, bit sparse for a camping spot once you start, have fun.
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Reply By: Member - NQ Bill - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 19:21

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 19:21
Thanks fellow punters for all the good info, there are a couple of novice 4x4 members joining us (We were all novices at one stage !!) so the trip will be interesting.
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Reply By: equinox - Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 22:30

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 22:30
Hi Bill,
Here's the Altitude and Speed profiles from when a mate and I went through from Laura to Maytown in 2012.




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Reply By: vk1dx - Friday, Apr 10, 2015 at 09:44

Friday, Apr 10, 2015 at 09:44
We have to go back. Missed it last time. Just stayed away while the "local" issue was in play. Not ours but would like to do it. Didn't appear too challenhing but beats the PDR.

Here is one from 2012. Not ours.



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Reply By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Friday, Apr 10, 2015 at 12:24

Friday, Apr 10, 2015 at 12:24
In 2008 we did a day trip into Maytown from Jowelbinnaand return on the way back from the cape.
coincidently I was looking at the cape york map only 2 days ago doing some planning for this winter and on the bottom is my wifes hand written notes of our trip into Maytown.

basicly it confirms the trip in from Jowbinna took 2 hrs and 30 minutes
for the 48 km of the coach road.
departure at 7.10am 57 km on trip meter.( we had refueled in laura previous day)
t/o at maytown /jowelbinna int at 7.18 am 61.5 km
palmer goldfields res sign 78.5 km 8.12 am
9.10 am 94km mark 2 km before palmer river xing
99 km louise mine and battery
105 km 9.40 am maytown
and we had stopped for a cuppa at morning tea.

also noted was 3km steep rockey climb betweem 91 and 94 km

we spent several hours looking around maytown leaving at 1.30 pm
we got back to Jowelbinna with eneough time for me to repair a punctured tyre from the camper which had occurred weeks earlier.and still make the sunset tour that afternoon

honesttly I had heard this was a tough track and this is why we didnt take the campertrailer. but real life experience showed differently.

btw at jowelbinna there were several vehicles towing camoers who had come up from maytown the day before.their main issue had been fitting between trees on varoius go arounds.where there were other trees down.
go for it
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