Perth to Cooktown July 2016. Can i safely go further north in my van?

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 09, 2015 at 22:21
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We are travelling from Perth to Queensland around July 2016 and are just starting our preparations. We have a semi off-road van ( Supreme Territory ) towed by a standard 200 series VX. I do not mind travelling on reasonable dirt roads for short periods to get to sights but I do not want to cause damage to either my tug or van so far from home. Is Cooktown about as far north as we can travel on good roads? We do not wish to leave the van and tent it etc as we like our comforts. If the road requires me to get out and drop tyre pressures etc I will give it a miss.
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Reply By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 08:37

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 08:37
Sealed road goes as far as Laura.

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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 08:37

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 08:37
Bitumen to Laura.

Many take vans to Bamaga. You would have to carefully plan as obviously "gunshot" is out of the question but by leaving the van at critical points and then taking the vehicle only most of the sites can be seen.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 08:49

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 08:49
Have a read of thread 129867. Same question as you've posted.

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Follow Up By: SuperGrover - Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 11:24

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 11:24
Thanks Bob
I do not know how I missed thread 129867.
All the answers I needed.
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Reply By: Member - tommo05 - Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 09:26

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 09:26
By the sounds of your post you won't want to be taking your rig any further than Laura, which means that yeah Cooktown is pretty much the last main town heading north. Worth driving up to Laura for the day though just to see the Quinkan rock art.

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Reply By: 322 - Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 20:32

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 20:32
We've just done the cape. We left our caravan at
Mossman and tented it all the way to the top. IMHO I reckon you could tow your van to Weipa without to much drama. Being semi off road your van should be fine. Lower the tyre pressures and drive to the conditions. You will be pleased you did. Rio maintain a fair bit of the road as you get closer to Weipa. So the last 15kms or so is some of the best dirt road you'll ever see.
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