The Cape

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Hi all

We are heading up the Cape next week and although we've done some preparation, there are still a couple of questions, and for those who have some tips or recommendations feel free to put it to air as all info is welcome.

Q1 As all Aussies we like to carry a beer or two for the campfire, I've heard there are restrictions on the amount you can carry. We've got three weeks to tour and were planning on taking a few cases of my favourite beer, and a couple of casks of wine, and some we do for a long trip, can we take them or do we have to replenish on the way.

Q2 has anybody recently been through and give us the heads up on track conditions?

Q3 we're pretty much Swagin it all the way and were curious on what to do camp wise with crocs....any suggestions?


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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Jul 01, 2016 at 10:43

Friday, Jul 01, 2016 at 10:43
Be informed

I would not sleep on the ground in croc country and that is the whole Cape.

OKA196 motorhome
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Follow Up By: Member - Chippie - Friday, Jul 01, 2016 at 17:33

Friday, Jul 01, 2016 at 17:33
Thanks Peter
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Reply By: Member - TonyV - Friday, Jul 01, 2016 at 11:15

Friday, Jul 01, 2016 at 11:15
Don't take too much grog, there are enforced limits, some people will get away with carrying too much, but if your caught the fines are hefty.
The rule vary in different places but essentially..
1 case (30) of mid strength beer per vehicle, cans no stubbies.
24 premixed spirit cans, no stubbies.
2 bottles of wine. NO CASK.
NO Bottles of spirits.No fortified wine, hat is Port or Sherry.

It is your responsibilities to know and understand the rules.

There are areas where you can buy alcohol, yes it will be more expensive than your local.

Everything north of the Jardine is shipped from Cairns, Cairns goods already has to pay freight from the big In Cairns you will pay 1.29 for fuel, no low points or fuel cycle here.

The track is dry and easy, deepest point is Scrubby Creek going into Fruitbat Falls, Nolans is knee high.

Sleep on the ground mate, on the track there are few places that are inhabited by Crocs. Punsands, Loyalty and Seisia Camps may see a Croc in the water.
In general its not where you sleep, it where you fish or play.
2016 is an easy drive, roads are good, with little rain the track is mild, no big ruts or wash outs and the creeks are shallow.
But that won't spoil the adventure.
I'm back up on sunday :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Chippie - Friday, Jul 01, 2016 at 17:34

Friday, Jul 01, 2016 at 17:34
Thanks for the info, very helpful
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Reply By: spanner1969 - Friday, Jul 01, 2016 at 13:26

Friday, Jul 01, 2016 at 13:26
Hi chippie,

I hope you have a great trip, we did this last year and had a fantastic time.

I will agree with Tony V don't take more alcohol than you are allowed the local police will pull you up and you will be fined or worse. Tony V emails states the correct details. Plenty of alcohol/food you can purchase at Weipa, just take your money its not cheap.
As for crocs don't camp near the warning signs, and or near water, simple
enjoy and safe travels
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Follow Up By: Member - Chippie - Friday, Jul 01, 2016 at 17:35

Friday, Jul 01, 2016 at 17:35
Thanks for the info
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Saturday, Jul 02, 2016 at 07:03

Saturday, Jul 02, 2016 at 07:03
Been up the Cape 5 times with a camper trailer and 41 times with the swag, you will have no problems with using a swag, just be croc wise. Abide by the alcohol limits as from memory the first offence is $40k fine.
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