Has anyone returned from Cape York yet?

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 11:31
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Hi All
Plan to depart Canberra 24 Jul for Cape York - I would appreciate any advice re road conditions and creek crossings.
Thanks
Pete
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 12:26

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 12:26
Our club will have several people back in the next week... post card read out at the club meeting last night from them, mentioned squillions of people heading up..
Literally!
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Reply By: DEFENDER-110 - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 13:15

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 13:15
pete sounds like a great trip just keep the ocean on your right and everything will work out fine

cheers defender 110

Peter
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 13:36

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 13:36
Maaaate if'n I'd love to keep the ocean on my right all the way back to Canberra ----but that would mean another 2 or 3 months.......sounds good.....
Cheers
Pete
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Follow Up By: DEFENDER-110 - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 13:54

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 13:54
MAAAATE i will be heading to the simpson the week before you from
the next town to you i hope my defender gets me there and back.

Cheers Pete

defender
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 14:22

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 14:22
That wouldn't be the defender that recently had a problem with iron filings in the gearbox would it?
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Follow Up By: DEFENDER-110 - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 14:26

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 14:26
thats the one its my shout i owe you a beer

cheers
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Reply By: Catherine - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 13:18

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 13:18
pete - look out for members of the CFA 4wd club who will be up there about the same time.

Have a great trip, probably see you up there.

Cheers

Catherine.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 14:26

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 14:26
G'day Catherine - will be travelling in a red GU with roof rack and in company of 2 other GUs, 2 discoverys and a rodeo from the Land Rover Club of ACT. Three of the group will be towing off road CTs. Give a yell is you see us.
Cheers
Pete
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Follow Up By: Glenn D - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 20:21

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 20:21
Hows it going

We will be heading up the coast from Sydney on 14th and plan to get to Cairns on the 25th.We are also in a GU ( gold). I guess that I should look out for traffic!!.If we see you guys we'll give you a yell, though I guess we will be coming back by the time you guys are there!!.
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Reply By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 21:23

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 21:23
I just got home from the Cape at 5pm this arvo left Bamaga airport 3.30 pm yesterday. 14 hours drive time. Took 9 days to travel up in 2 trucks with 19 tourists with 6 in my 100 Series They all flew out of Bamaga and 12 more flew in today so my car wasn't needed, drove home empty. Leave for next trip on the 15\7 14 day up and back. Roads are good, fair bit of roadwork just south of Laura. Creeks are all low. Road to Weipa very good as is north of the Jardine. Drive to the conditions you will have no problems. Bumped into Eric at Seisha and again at the tip.Cheers Rob.
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Follow Up By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 22:30

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 22:30
Hi Rob,

Intend going into Weipa on about 29-30 March '05. Is this a bit early after the wet? When do people start getting across the Archer usually?

Cheers
Muddy
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Follow Up By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 23:11

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 23:11
Even the weather bureax can't predict the weather Muddy. We will have to wait and see. Give me a call a week before you are ready to go and I will find out whats happenning. Ring Sherrill at the Archer River Roadhouse. We dont start Cape tours till May. Cheers Rob.
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Reply By: Midge - Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 22:45

Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 22:45
Just got back from Cape York Wednesday a bit wetter and cooler than last time we were up there a few years ago, but no problems, the Gunshot is a bit of a mess we went out to Captain Billys landing this time, the road was good,I think we seen the Exploroz team heading north on the Bypass Rd as we were coming out. If your going out to Cape Melville go in through Lakefield and come out the same way, we came across heaps of bogs heading south towards Cape Flattery,but that was a couple of weeks ago now so it may have dried up, we stayed at Punsand Bay I highly recommend the Saturday night All you can eat Seafood Night for $55 a head, no crumbed stuff or chips. Crossed the Pascoe on the Frenchmans Track, fast and deep but we all got through no problems. It's amazing how tracks and river/creek crossings can change from year to year. Chilli Beach and Portland Roads are worth a visit. Enjoy your trip
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 10:00

Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 10:00
Thanks Midge - when you say Gunshot is a bit of a mess does that mean that the easy access point on the southern side has been damaged. Also what was Palm Creek like?
Cheers
Pete
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Reply By: Midge - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:28

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:28
Palm Creek coulldn't have been to bad as it didn't stick in my mind, we went through that many creek crossings only the hairy ones come to mind. As far as the Gunshot goes it all depends on what you call the easy entry, last time we were there there was a crossing to the right that took you along the creek and one to your left that was just a slight grade, well both of them are gone there was 3 entries to choose from 2 were the vertical ones and the one we chose as we were towing a trailer was OK a bit slippery, I wouldn't like to have to tow the trailer up it, but it would have dried out a lot by now, we came back a different way so we didn't find out how difficult it would be heading south.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:34

Monday, Jul 12, 2004 at 20:34
Thanks again Midge - as there are 3 trailers in my group I think we might bypass gunshot if the entries/exits are too bad. Will take a look but will probably do the Heathlands bypass.
Once again thanks very much.
Cheers
Pete
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