Cape York

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 15:21
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Our family ( 3 vehicles) are heading to Cape York later in the year and included in the family will be a 9 month old baby and a very spoilt small Chihuahua dog. Has any one any tips with travelling with busy crawling baby? Is there dog sitters for the occasion of going into a National Park now and then.
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Reply By: Beddo - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 19:26

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 19:26
We travelled with frinds who had a crawlers on board - no problems, off with the nappy and let crawl round in the dirt(they will get dirty anyway -you cannot avoid it) - the kids loved it - one problem is the nappies you have to carry the nappies a long way to dispose of them in a bin - don't dig a hole and bury them ! many people do this along with rubbish and it does not work the PIG's dig it up in no time and what a mess. So let the bub go starkas so you don't waste nappies and don't have to carry many. Plain washable nappies might also be handy around camp sites etc and disposable on the driving legs maybe.
A srew tight container on the roof can be filled with water to be used as a washing machine as you drive.
Also a small dome tent is handy as a play pen - keeps the March flies off and the green ants.
The dog is a problem - that type of dog barks alot too so it will be hard to hide him - with all the wildlife during the day and night (bandicoots, pigs, brush turkeys) will result in the barking being quite consistent I would guess. I did not hear of ant boarding places that way near any of the parks. You would have to avoid the busy National Park spots like Twin Falls and Kalpower camping areas so not to disturb others. At the top we stayed at Punsund Bay fishing lodge / camping area and saw some people with dogs though they were fenced in or were on leads. Punsund bay is also good with kids - they have kids meals, ice cream and a video for them while you have dinner and a few beers.
Hope this helps, Cheers Beddo
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 20:28

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003 at 20:28
Beddo, many thanks for the great tips for bub, he is our grandbaby and is just 3 months old at the moment and we can see the determination of being busy even at this stage of life. As for the chihuahua, she is the quietest dog we have ever owned. We have had her for 12months and she has barked about 4 times in all that time. This is our 5th chihuahua in our 27 years of marriage, and we cannot believe how quiet she is. She is very obedient ( better than most kids) and when out at the beach she may growl at another dog passing by, but stops on command. We do not really want to hide her, if needs be we will dodge the places that are dog fobidden, and still have a great time. We have always told our kids "what you don't see you don't miss" that was to save money when the circus come to town. It worked too, no complaints after a day or two. So it is now our turn to apply it to ourselves. Thanks
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Reply By: Member - Mal - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 11:34

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 11:34
Geoff,
A fold up cot with a net over the top with the "feet" in bowels of water to stop the ants. As for your spoilt but loveable dog, I would let it travel in a crab pot so it knows where it stands in the pecking order and the Cape's food chain.
Regards.

Mal T.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 12:17

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 12:17
That should be bowls not bowels! Oops!
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 16:14

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003 at 16:14
WATCH OUT! here is the misses!!!!!!!Mal, you did well with the advice on the cot topic, but you failed drastically on the dog side of things, crabs and creatures are not worth the life of a loyal $800+ ruby eyed dog, We are on a farm and she knows what pecking order is about and yet she knows to stay close to us at all times, and is more human than some people with bowel problems.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 10:48

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 10:48
Geoff,
Please apologise to "ya missus". I too love dogs but choose not to have one yet because they restrict where and how long you can go away for.

Your post brought back memories of a small bitsa that used to live next door and was a real yapper because the people were never home. I used to go over to the fence and yell out "Shut up Crab Bait" and as it got to know me, it would and come over for a pat. (Usual dog loving attention). Obviously the kids next door heard me call it Crab Bait on occasions and they started to do the same. It's name is now "Crab Bait".

Have a great trip and it's good to see that you are taking a child so young with you.

Mal T.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 10:52

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 10:52
P.S. We're leaving Brisbane on 13 August to go to Cape York to go to Camp Pandanus at Kalpower and then further on.

Mal T.
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Reply By: Member - Geoff - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 16:19

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 16:19
MaL.T. It's the misses!! Your apologise are accepted with a forgiving heart. We might cross paths in our travelling and you will see how cute and quiet our little pet can be. I had her to the vet this morning for her vacs and everybody raves over her, even the vet. We leave early Sept. from a little further up the coast from Brisbane, we will only be away a couple of weeks, as we have to come back to keep bringing in an income to keep the retired travellers travelling. Will travel up to the tip and back through to Kurumba where we have friends in high places in the fishing industry. Should be a fruitful fishy trip. Do you know what the link road is like from south Musgrave through to Kurumba? Have a bonza trip and enjoy your relaxation. Jen
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Reply By: dougie - Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 14:14

Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 14:14
Take the dog,
You are way out up there and there are only 3-4 rangers covering the hole cape.Having said that we saw every one of them at different times.
I took our black lab and was on the cape for 7 months, Dogs like kids! if they behave they will be allowed to stay.We were at chillie beach (must stay a night) and the ranger pulled up for a chat.No problems.If in doubt, there is so much to see that you dont need the National parks. If you go to twin falls and all the other tourist things leave him in the car and explore for an hour or 2 . There are better creeks to park on up and down from there with small camping spots along them. great fishing for barra perch and the big sarratoga.IT IS Trulty gods country Take your time the roads are worst than you can imagine but the teegragh track is the last great adventure.
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff - Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 17:46

Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 17:46
Thanks Dougie, for the positive feedback for our trip with our little mate. We firmly believe in good behaviour in kids and dogs. We have proved it in the way our kids have grown up out of the feral peer pressure into good jobs and stable respectable adults. Our dogs are the same, we have a few farm dogs and misbehaviour isn't accepted, and they live forever( to a ripe old age) due to love and training with good firm discipline. We will take your advice and the very helpful hints of where to go and where to stay. Thanks
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Reply By: ThePublican - Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 15:07

Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 15:07
Take the dog,if you can call a Chihuahua a dog , we had a 58kg rottweiler who loved to travel yet had a mental problem in that he would only do his " no2s " in his own back yard, needless to say taking the dog on any extended trip was out of the question,we used to have to get the motherinlaw to come and dog/house sit while we went touring,,
enjoy the cape,gods own.
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff - Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 18:13

Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 18:13
Publican, We will definently take the little tyke, and we know what you mean by calling her a dog.We have her in place of a cat here, as we have so many little wrens and finches around the yard that wouldn't have a chance if we had a cat. This is what I cannot believe with the national park "Knowitalls"......................I had better not start. I have raised and nursed many species of wildlife here and never had trouble with dog smells etc driving them away. I haven't anyone I can trust to mind such a small housetrained dog anyway, so she is coming with.Thanks Jen
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