Cape York

Submitted: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 10:57
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Looking at a trip to Cape York this winter leaving Vic late June, 2 adults 2 kids 12 and 14 Yo, 100series T Diesel and TVan Travelling solo at present, any info on Travelling with kids!!! must sees do's and dont's would be great..have some info on CREB track and general Cape York info at present

Ian
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Reply By: Footloose - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 11:20

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 11:20
Yep. Go to Weipa and let the kids swim in the caravan park pool, and take a mine tour. While there do some fishing from the jetty.
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Follow Up By: IanC - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 11:29

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 11:29
Footloose,
Great thanks sounds like you have the skills right...if the kids are happy the adults are happy!
Ian
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 12:13

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 12:13
Ian, been there done that when my kids weren't all grown up and moved away Even today they'd jump at the chance to go again. My 30yo daughter still refers to Cape Tribulation as "The Trib" She was 10 when she was there:) Try and get to Cooktown if you can, and fish the wharf there also. And dont forget to throw a handline in for yourselves.
Try and involve the kids in the journey. Setting up camp etc. Happy adults also help make happy kids...mostly. Take your sense of humour, and use it as often as possible. Ask them if they want to swap seats occasionally. Ask them their ideas on what they'd like to see etc. Basically involve them in a non compulsary way.
Swim at the falls, but keep the kids away from the sea and other watery places.
They'll have a great time that they'll remember all their lives.

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Reply By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 12:35

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 12:35
Ian - I took a group from Canberra to Cape York in July last year. I still have the planning doc and a truck load of touristy info. If you post and email address I will send you the docs. I also have a raft of oziexplorer waypoint and track files that might prove useful if you have this piece of kit and a GPS.
Cheers
Pete
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Follow Up By: IanC - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 13:12

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 13:12
Pete,
That info you have would be fantastic, I do have oziexplorer and a Megallen GPS. Postal address is ian Cameron C/O The Barkingdog 126 Pakington St Geelong West 3218 Vic, email: ian@thebarkingdog.com.au
Much appreciated
Ian
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 22:27

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 22:27
G'Day Pete
If you wouldn't mind - I would also like your info. My email:
mtull@bigpond.com.au
Thanks
Mike
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Follow Up By: Phils - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 22:35

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 22:35
Hi Pete,
I'll be heading up there in July with my wife and 2 kids as well.
If you don't mind sending your info to me as well, I would be very greatful. chlojac@bigpond.com.au
Thanks,
Phil.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 22:45

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 22:45
Mike - tried sending to the email address provided twice got bounced both times. Will try again tomorrow - in the meantime please check that you have it right.

Phil - you should have the info by now.

Cheers
Pete
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Follow Up By: MichaelR - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 22:16

Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 22:16
Pete
Me too please as heading up the Cape in September-with everyone else by the looks of things. email is mralston @ melbpc.org.au. Thanks
Michael
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Follow Up By: Stuart - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 23:02

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 23:02
Hey Pete,
We are going up with a group of 5 cars leaving 9th June for a month, Allthough we have put plenty of planning into it, i would be greatfull if i could look over you notes, as you may have some other information we could use. We have a mixture of adults and kids.
My email is: lock@toplock.com

Thanks
Stuart.
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff M (NSW) - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 23:11

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 23:11
Hello Pete,
Another one on the list who'd like to receive your information.
My e-mail address is, geoff @ mullard.id.au

Thanks, Geoff.
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Follow Up By: Chris from North West Camper Trailer Hire - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 00:19

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 00:19
Hi Pete,
I would love the email as well, we are looking at going late October, so I guess I will be waving to everyone else heading back by then.
We would love to hear back from anyone going around that time as we are travelling alone so far and it would be great to pair up with others.
My email is jancas@wn.com.au
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Reply By: normc - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 12:46

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 12:46
I recommend Ron and Viv Moon's book 'Cape York, An Adventurer's Guide'. Latest edition is dated 10th March 2005. Pretty readily available, and also from EO shop I think. I think it a TVan they have in tow in the picture on the cover.
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Follow Up By: IanC - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 13:14

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 13:14
Thanks normc I will follow this up...Iam pretty sure you are right as Ron Moon is on TVans web site

Ian
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Reply By: old-plodder - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 15:46

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 15:46
We enjoyed the old telegraph line.
Most small creeks, but not all creeks are reasonably croc safe, but check.
Have seen a few bits of a pig left in some creeks up on the cape.

Good chance to have a splash while you check out the crossing.
Of course being the biggest kid, I sometimes got the wettest :-).
Try not to do too many miles in one day.

Have a good trip.
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Reply By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 19:36

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 19:36
Ian - just emailed a heap of info to you. Sorry if the email takes a bit to download but I also put a couple of pics of Gunshot in for you to drool over. This is one creek I wouldn't try with a trailer on behind though - ditto for Cannibal and Canal if they are in the same state as when we were there last year. By the way you will have to change the symbols in oziexplorer as they are set up for my GARMIN GPS76.
Enjoy the trip.
Cheers
Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 07:17

Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 07:17
Hi again Pete
Sorry I forgot I actually upgraded to broadband, anyhow here's the correct address : mtull@bigpond.net.au
Cheers and thanks
Mike
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Follow Up By: Member - T-Bone (ACT) - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 10:44

Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 10:44
Hi Pete.

Can I join the growing list of "me too" people and ask for a copy of your Cape info? I'm in the tentative planning stages of a June 2006 trip up there. I managed to get a couple of weeks up there in 2001, but we were too rushed to go exploring, so any info you have will be helpful. Please email to rhyswaring at yahoo dot com dot au...

Thanks a lot,
T-Bone.
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Reply By: Swoosh - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 18:45

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 18:45
Hi Pete
Yes, I'm anotherone who would appreciate the Cape information.
We travel by ship, the Trinity Bay, from Cairns to Seisa and then do the Cape from North to South. Planning on going to:
Usher Point, Muttee Heads, Vrilya Point, Old Telegraph Road, Cp Billy Landing, Shelburne Bay, Head of the Olive River, Weipa and up the the Pennyfather River,Chilli Beach, down to Laura then the Old Coach Road to Maytown.
Looking forward to the trip.
Rob
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Reply By: Swoosh - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 18:47

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 18:47
Forgot the email address:
robchicka@aapt.net.au
Thanks Pete
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 17:38

Friday, May 06, 2005 at 17:38
On it's way Swoosh.

Cheers
Pete
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Reply By: normc - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 17:47

Friday, May 06, 2005 at 17:47
Pete, I wasn't going to ask, but can't help myself, since so many others have. I'm heading up to the Cape in September. Have Ron and Viv Moon's book and the Hema map, but your personal experience is probably just as valuable a resource. Thanks for making it available for so many of us.

The Cape sure is going to be crowded!
email is: nandkcun@bigpond.net.au
normc
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Reply By: FishingBongo - Monday, May 09, 2005 at 19:00

Monday, May 09, 2005 at 19:00
Pete,
I may as well get on band wagon with the rest , I'd love some of the info you've got on the cape , heading up early in July , bit less rushed this year , and not taking people that feel the only camping is in campgrounds.....

bongo88@tpg.com.au

Thanks mate..
Bongo.
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Follow Up By: GEG - Monday, May 09, 2005 at 20:49

Monday, May 09, 2005 at 20:49
I feel left out...I must be the only one not going to cape york in september...
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Reply By: Mr Z - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 18:54

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 18:54
mate if you don't mind i'd also love to read through your info as i'll be up there in a few weeks

jetho(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au

thanks
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Reply By: IanC - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 20:33

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 20:33
Pete,
Looks like I started something...sorry

If any of the crowd that have picked up Pete's info are on the cape June to August we would be glad to catch up. White 100 series cruiser plus Tvan, Vic plates two adults two kids.........see you their

Ian
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