Cape York traffic increase.

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021 at 21:29
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I have been reading our old travel diaries.
In July 1998 the Heathlands Ranger told us that in the 5 weeks the track had been open a total of 900 vehicles had gone north.
A road counter was used to arrive at that number.
I seem to recall an article saying something like 300 per day are heading up this year.
Someone may have a more accurate count.

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Reply By: qldcamper - Thursday, Jul 22, 2021 at 07:43

Thursday, Jul 22, 2021 at 07:43
Hmmm, a vehicle every 30 seconds headed north leaving during daylight hours and one would assume the same returning on the same track, sounds like a relaxing drive.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Thursday, Jul 22, 2021 at 07:50

Thursday, Jul 22, 2021 at 07:50
I tend to agree, I think some journalist has got his/her numbers a bit out of whack.


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Follow Up By: Member - Bigfish - Thursday, Jul 22, 2021 at 09:32

Thursday, Jul 22, 2021 at 09:32
30 seconds per car.?? Dont know how you got that figure. 11 hours of daylight up here at the moment. Thats about 27 cars per hour...not many. I certainly believe that 300 would be a reasonable figure. The highways and roads around Cairns are chockers with campers/vans and 4wd,s.
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Follow Up By: Tony F8 - Sunday, Jul 25, 2021 at 00:43

Sunday, Jul 25, 2021 at 00:43
In the late 80's when I first ventured up the Cape, there were approximately 3000 people a season, a count in 2017, had it at 45,000 vehicles, simple maths puts that at 90,000 people allowing for only 2 people per vehicle.
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