Camping in the Cape

Submitted: Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 19:47
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Hi

I am only new to this site. My husband and I are looking at going to the cape in July. We were going to leave our camper trailer in cairns and just take the swag and tent up to the tip. I am a bit concerned whether it is safe to camp there on the ground due to crocodiles? Any info appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 19:52

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 19:52
Deb & Tim,
We went up 2 years ago and are going again this coming September. We used our camper trailer and only stayed at recognised camp sites (Seisa, right near the beach). There was no worries with crocs at these type of places, but I wouldn't recommend camping away from the masses (not that there were many people where we were anyway).
Have a great trip.
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Follow Up By: Jen & Geoff - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 19:57

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 19:57
Deb & Tim, I would suggest you not camp alone inremote areas, not only for crocs, but also dingos in some areas. We had people with us that camped in small tents in popular camping grounds and there is no worries. Jen
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Follow Up By: Deb & Tim - Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 12:40

Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 12:40
Thanks for the info Roachie, seems from all the responses we should be fine with just the swag and tent.
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Reply By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 21:46

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 21:46
Hi Deb and Tim
I will be leading a group of 7 vehicles from Canberra to the Cape in July - departing 24 Jul. Some will be using campers others (me included) will be in a tent or swag. I have done this trip a couple of times and provided you are sensible where your set up camp you will not have to worry about crocs - mossies are more of a problem. Enjoy the trip and if you see a big red GU patrol with 6 other vehicles in tow - stop and say hello.

Cheers
Pete
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Follow Up By: Deb & Tim - Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 12:45

Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 12:45
Hi Pete

We could possibly run into each other as husband and I will be heading up that way the same time. We will be in a white Hilux. Thanks for your info and we'll be sure to say hi if we see u.

cheers
Deb
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Follow Up By: KO2004 - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 17:24

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 17:24
Hi there, we'll be leaving the week before in a group of 6-7 we'll be in a maroon GQ - that is if we ever get it back from having work done on it. Please wave and say HI!!
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 21:50

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 21:50
Good question and good answers guys, I was planning a Capespedition soon also and thought the swag would be honky dory, might do as one venerable C ape explorer did recently and use the swag on the roof rack.
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Follow Up By: Deb & Tim - Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 12:56

Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 12:56
Might be a good idea. My husband was looking at doing a set up like that but from the replies I've received on this site I feel fine now about just taking the swag and tent.

Happy travels
Deb
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Reply By: Member - StevenL - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 22:45

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 22:45
Hi Guys,

I have been up to the cape twice now Barra fishing and we go into the rivers by boat and camp on the riverbanks (Skardon and Ducie rivers) behind the Mangroves. We choose spots that are a bit elevated from the river and we were fine just with normal tents set up about 20 metres apart. (spacing allows for "night noises")

We saw many crocs on the riverbanks as we fished from boats for about a week or so each time but they are very wary of humans and will zip off into the water as you get within about 100 yards. It is very rare for them to enter a properly sited camp.

I am not saying to ignore the risks. You need to be careful, particularly at the waters edge (keep the boat between you and the water at all times) but once you are up over the top of the riverbank you should be OK. We were a group of 8 in about 6 tents and there was always alot of noise in camp (talking, cooking etc). Apparantly they are not keen on this and really only hunt in the water or at the waters edge.

You probably have more to fear from dogs and pigs, snakes, spiders and scorpians!

Just don't do something really stupid like swimming in croc areas and you will be fine. If you are not boating then just DO NOT go near the water!!!!

Cheers

Steven
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Follow Up By: Deb & Tim - Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 12:53

Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 12:53
Hi Steven

Thanks for info, we won't have a boat so will be sure to steer clear of water, then all we'll have to do is keep an eye out for the other animals(dogs, pigs, snakes ect).

cheers
Deb
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 11:52

Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 11:52
Deb and tim the above replys have summed it up pretty well .

Might see you there Ill be up that way for about 10 weeks.

Have a good one
Eric
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