Travel to CapeYork

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We had been planning our trip to Cape York when the July school holidays finished. We will be towing an off road caravan behind a land cruiser. Our concerns are finding up to date condition of the main road north. As yet I haven't been able to find a reliable source and considering the amount of rain in the area we are reluctant to head off without some assurance that the roads are in reasonable condition.
Does anyone have any ideas how we can get up to date info when we get to Cairns.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Saturday, Jun 04, 2016 at 13:00

Saturday, Jun 04, 2016 at 13:00
Try this site: Cook Shire Council.

And you could also ring the rangers at Cooktown.

For any 4wd trips and travel my first point of contact is someone or an organisation that is local to the area that I am going to. In this case Google quickly gave me the local council.

When we went up there I actually spoke to the local engineer. Not to a status board or the front counter. I hope this helps. I take note of the status boards etc but a bit of personal chat goes way beyond what you will find on the dumb internet.

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Reply By: Ozshooter - Saturday, Jun 04, 2016 at 18:39

Saturday, Jun 04, 2016 at 18:39
The road is be best it has been for along time.
drove Weipa to bertie ck and back today road was great
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Reply By: mountainman - Saturday, Jun 04, 2016 at 19:00

Saturday, Jun 04, 2016 at 19:00
Main road north can be done in a dunnydore cmmodore
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Follow Up By: Member - MARIC - Saturday, Jun 04, 2016 at 19:11

Saturday, Jun 04, 2016 at 19:11
And last year saw a photo of an on road Jayco up at the Cape, made me wonder why I spent all my Super on a off road van ?? ;o (((
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Follow Up By: mountainman - Sunday, Jun 05, 2016 at 12:34

Sunday, Jun 05, 2016 at 12:34
Dont be too worried Maric.
your can can do the cape trip soo many times and handle it better than the on road van..
it also gives you an option that doesnt limit where you can go with the off road van.

I would never take the on road van up the cape more than once or twice in its lifespan of ownership.
You wont loose much money either as the offroad vans comand a premium new.
and your not competing with thousands and thousands of on road vans when its time to sell 
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Reply By: Alan A (WA) - Saturday, Jun 04, 2016 at 21:52

Saturday, Jun 04, 2016 at 21:52
When we travelled throught FNQ (including taking offroad camper trailer and Patrol to Cape York), we used the RACQ road conditions site. We found the information up to date and very helpful. I haven't had any need to look at recently, but can see it is still active/live.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jun 04, 2016 at 22:25

Saturday, Jun 04, 2016 at 22:25
You can subscribe to the Cape-York-Australia website Newsletters or follow the website for updates Pat and Will.


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Reply By: Pat & Will - Sunday, Jun 05, 2016 at 11:06

Sunday, Jun 05, 2016 at 11:06
Thank you for your responses, we have followed up on each of your suggestions including subscribing to the Cape York Australia web site who have already responded to our application to receive the newsletter. We will be continuing to Cairns and up to tip looking forward to ticking another box.
Thanks again
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