Camping at Cockatoo Creek on Old Telegraph Track

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 20:03
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Can someone, who has been there, give me some info on the type of track it is from where the Old Telegraph Track, Cape York meets the Peninsula Development Road back to Cockatoo Creek (about 15ks I think). We are towing a offroad caravan and are concerned about overhanging trees etc. We are looking for somewhere nearby to camp for the night after visiting Fruit Bat Falls for the day. We are told that the camping area at Twin Falls is not suitable for caravans.
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Al-one
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Reply By: Member - peterdre - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 21:06

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 21:06
Hi Al-one,
Coming from Fruit Bat Falls back to the main diversion road, where the two meet, on the left is a track leading into a large clearing which we have used as an overnight stop. No water, plenty of firewood, out of sight of the main road.
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Pedro
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 at 08:37

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 at 08:37
Al.one : if cookatoo ck is like the rest of the TT its most likely not worth the trouble, hard enough with camper & the TT is busy with cars moving a lot quicker than towing , not that much room to get off the track .. looking at the map you need to drive some of the TT:( ???

Unfortunately there are very few official camps for caravaners but maybe an unused road work camp site would be your best idea .

Jardine river is a good camp site .....
We went in to Elliot falls via mistake creek track you could get a small van in there with just a short bit of the TT before a camp at the creek .

Good travels....



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Reply By: Al-one - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 at 19:14

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 at 19:14
Thanks for both of the responses. Pedro your suggestion seems to be suitable. I had a look on Google Earth and I think I can see your site.
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Al-one
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Follow Up By: Member - Christine and Lindsay - Friday, Aug 12, 2016 at 20:16

Friday, Aug 12, 2016 at 20:16
We stayed at that spot near Fruit Bat a few weeks ago. Get there by mid afternoon as later it will be full. Takes about 3 set ups only unless you are in a group and happy to squash up.
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Reply By: Al-one - Friday, Aug 12, 2016 at 20:35

Friday, Aug 12, 2016 at 20:35
Thanks for the hint Christine and Lindsay. Looking at google Earth there appears to be a couple of large clearings just off the road approximately 4 and 8 kays north of the Fruit Bat Falls turnoff. Can anyone offer any comments on these if the one mentioned by Pedro is full?
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Al-one
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 at 05:26

Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 at 05:26
Maybe work camp / sites , i.e road workers turn around for truck etc .
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Reply By: 3ways - Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 19:25

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 19:25
We have just returned from there. It would be difficult to head south down the OTT towing a van past Sailors Creek. Yes there are a few spots in the area you could over night. To get to Elliot/Twin Falls Scruby creek was about bonnet height of most vehicles. There is plenty of room to park with van at Fruitbat falls to day trip.
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Follow Up By: Al-one - Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 20:15

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 20:15
Thankyou 3ways,
Just the information I was looking for.
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Al-one
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Reply By: Malcom M - Monday, Aug 15, 2016 at 12:29

Monday, Aug 15, 2016 at 12:29
I would not be wanting to drag a caravan to Cockatoo. Its not a very wide track and will be busy as with all the OTT traffic from early to late in the day. It'd be a real bugger to try and get by all the other traffic as you try and get out to the PDR again. Worst case, I would rather park on the side of the PDR, which can be very wide in places, if I couldn't find a suitable side track to hide up.
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 20:33

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 20:33
Here's my variation on the theme from last week.
1. Definitely no camping at Fruitbat or $120 fine - straight from ranger. His advice was to camp just metres south of Scrubby and watch the bonnet high action and so we did - they all made it. LOL
2. A - ahem - bypass exists on E side of Scubby so you only hit 30 cm deep water.
3. Eliot Falls camp is adjacent to Twin and needs the online booking which is a pain in FNQ as only Telstra is Coen then Bamaga. So camp for free at Canal just 500m away.
4. Camp on the hill 100 m N of Sailor, unhitch and drive OTL down to Cockatoo then Gunshot and watch more action as young turks try their rigs out.
5. Cannibal is about 1 metre deep on the left side as you enter creek going north.
6. I seem to have the only petrol 4WD at the Tip. LOL
7. Compared to 8 years ago the OTL crossings are trashed - too many 33 inch tyres ripping it up IMO...... W
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