Cape York Trip Info

Submitted: Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:17
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Hi all,

we are doing a cape york trip from adelaide in July, can any one give me an estimate on how many days I should allow to travel the CREB track between mossman and cooktown, and the entire old telegraph track.

starting to get pretty excited.

Thanks

Zach
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Reply By: rustytruck - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:39

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:39
Have a look at this and decide!

Site Link
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Follow Up By: Member - RockyOne - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 09:32

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 09:32
Great link RustyTruck..Thks..RockyOne (I want to get up there again..Was no bridge on Wenlock when we went.Built the raft)
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 10:43

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 10:43
Funny you should say that Rocky... I watched a friends video the other night of their landrovers going up there in 1975 and they built a raft outta corro iron and expanding foam with fencing wire and planks....
Wasnt you was it???? lol
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Reply By: disco_cox - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:47

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:47
Zach,
Not sure how many days will be required, but my wife and I are heading off on a 1/2 lap of australia, across the simpson and up to the cape (also leaving from adelaide) would be interested in your planned itenary.
disco_cox
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Follow Up By: Member - Zach S (SA) - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:49

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:49
hi disco,
we are just sorting that out now
will be leaving adelaide on 2nd of July, and have to be in Cairns for a wedding on 5th of july, that is all we know for sure at the moment, but will keep you posted.

Zach
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Qld - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 08:37

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 08:37
Adelaide - Cairns in 3 days ???

Not much fun in that ... just bloody hard work !!

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Redeye - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 09:02

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 09:02
We plan on doing Brisbane to Cairns in two days and I am a little concerned at the long days.

Heading to the Cape in June but may need a boat by the look of earlier threads. Looks like half the nation is heading north for the winter so should plenty of assistance and action around.

Must remember Brisbane is half way between Melbourne and Cairns.

Redeye.
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Follow Up By: KenD - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:11

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:11
Adelaide to Cairns in 3 days?
Don't try and do it Zach. Someone will die in the process.
Take some time to smell the roses and take care.
cheers
KenD
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Reply By: Coolman - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 09:40

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 09:40
Zach,

We did the CREB track (up and back) in a day while it was dry. In the wet it would be a different story but check with the locals before heading up the track. Personally I would allow 2 days and if the going is good stay at Bloomfield or Roaring Meg Falls.

As for the OTL. Take as much time as you want - have.. We went something like as follows.

Bloomfield to LakeField
Lakefield to Archer River
Archer River to Bertie Creek
Bertie Creek to Eliot Falls (Have a rest day here!!)
Eliot Falls to Punsand Bay (This was a long day going all the way up the OTL to Jardine. It was slow going)

On the way back we went Vrylia Point, Capt Billies (decided to cut out Lockart River because we were over the corrugations and went to Weipa. We would travel for a day and have a rest day.

I could have missed a stop along the way. The distances and times in Ron Moons book are an excellent guide. Just be prepared to change your schedule and do not rush - it is a holiday and an adventure!
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 12:27

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 12:27
Many moons ago....actually in the late '60s...I was working for the CREB and on the powerline across the Daintree to Cooktown. Went in once for a couple of day's work and unfortunately it rained ....we spent a forced holiday of 2 weeks before we could get out again. Not the vehicles of today with difflocks and all just an old petrol long wheel base landy and a C1600 crew cab 30 hundredweight 4x4 truck....aaaaahhhhhh for the memories.
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:32

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:32
Great excuse for a holiday! Patrol22 to boss come in boss, Boss here wat's up, Sorry boss I'm rained in on that job and won't see you for a fortnight, Boss WTF well enjoy yourselves!. Yeah those days won't happen again.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 17:52

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 17:52
Naaah Beatit they got them bloody helicopters now....dang newfangled stuff don't know where it will end :-)
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Reply By: fnq triton - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 17:08

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 17:08
don't even worry about asking about how long it will take on the creb track cos it wont be open. it was only open for about half the season last year due to lack of maintenance to it and the fact that it goes through world heritage area and the greenies want it to stay closed. There are 3 departments in charge of the track and all have to agree to have it open, after the weather we've had up here lately there is no chance of it being open. unfortunate really cos it will be my first time up there late june with VOXSON and i really wanted to do it aswell.
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 22:47

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 22:47
Howdy Daniel, I have just recalculated our time to get to Cairns if we are leaving Adelaide on the Wed,,,, I think we will cruise past your front door about 12midday on the Sat...
This post sorta woke me up to the fact it is 3000kms and we will be sitting on approx 90kmh with some stops...
We will prob just leave our Sat camp early and drive 5hrs and then hook up..
Cool?
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Follow Up By: fnq triton - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:17

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:17
no probs, we gonna meet in the same spot or a you thinking of coming in to cairns. it makes no difference to us. it may be good cos it will take us a while to get the truck up on to the tablelands, having said that i don't think it will weigh as much as your beast. haha
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 18:00

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 18:00
Probably meet in Mareeba or somewhere like that an then cruise up to Lakeland and pitch camp,,, then into Lakefield and around to Musgrave...
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Follow Up By: fnq triton - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 11:38

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 11:38
we can meet at the Mareeba coffee works, mmmmmmm. they do chocolate with coffee in it now aswell.
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 15:07

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 15:07
Ok.. Coffee Works it is then... Around 12 noon..
We will fine tune this of course..
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 18:09

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 18:09
Zach,

Adelaide to Cairns is around 3,000ks. How many drivers? Either way you're likely to be zombies at the wedding. Better off taking an extra day or two.

Regards
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Qld - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 22:49

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 22:49
Closer to 3800 I reckon. They'll probably miss the wedding, but the newly weds can attend their funeral !!! CHEEEEZ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Forget it
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 01:12

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 01:12
Rosco,

All I know is it's a damn long way and I would definitely not be feeling sociable at the end of it, that's for sure :)))))))

Regards
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