Cape York - where will i have a problem with a trailer!?

Submitted: Friday, May 25, 2007 at 20:08
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Hi All

We are planning to go to Cape York in late June. I have never been there but the photos look magnificent. I saw some photos of 4wds doing gunshot and I am now wondering how one does this with a trailer? Is this crossing or any other sections a problem? I hear the CREB may be closed but if it is open when we get there can you take a trailer along it?

Thanks for all your advice once again

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Reply By: Member - Brian H (QLD) - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 20:49

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 20:49
When I did The Cape there were 3 trailers in the group I was tenting it. We never did Gunshot had a look on the way back and its was not an option as far as we were concerned. Mind you each trip would be different. I can only say go there and look decide for yourself as you can bypass without an issue.

As for the Creb track only did a bit and had to turn around (I needed higher clearance). Let me say turning around on the creb is not something I enjoyed.

Other sections we never had any issues at all and to be honest if you take it easy and walk the creeks and work out the paths on exits and entry to creeks you should be fine.

Just use C.D.F and enjoy a great part of aus.

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Reply By: Leroy - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 21:23

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 21:23
I didn't have a trailer for our trip but a mate did and the only prob he had was after the canibal creek crossing I think it was called. Other than that no problems including gunshot.

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Reply By: michael & lisa - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 21:58

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 21:58
We did the Cape york trip last year in July/August towing a camper trailer and had no problems. We went along the OLT all the way without trouble. The best way we found was to have a look first and make your own mind up. Walk the creeks and make sure you know where your trailer is when navigating thru the creeks and down some of the steep banks (gunshot, palm, cypress creeks, etc). The very best thing to do is to make sure you have fun.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 10:00

Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 10:00
In all the trips I have done, including the Cape, the only place the trailer has caused me a problem is trying to find a spot in the McDonalds car park.

Why is it that cars and motorbikes park in the trailer parking spots???????

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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 11:22

Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 11:22
As above.
It's how you do it.
When we did the Cape, a few years ago now, there were all the horror stories.
People doing 5 tyres between Cairns and Weipa.
Things falling off from the corrugations.
Yes, we had a couple of little problems. Nothing I couldn't fix on the run.

But a lot of it is knowing your limitations and how hard you push it.

There are bypasses on most of the creek crossings on the OT.
We went the OT initially because the corrugations are not as bad as the main drag.
But it has creek crossings, and sections of sand, but is a beatiful drive.

We stopped and had a good look before doing anything doubtful, and acted accordingly.

Some just charged through.

Most dangerous thing we found were the tour bike operators. They had japanese tourists out doing bike tours. Very lilttle bike experience, and those little japanese girls of 40 to 50 kg have problems lifting a bike when they dropped them. Was scary coming around a corner and finding a bike and it's gear strewn all over the track.

Give yourself time and you will be OK, if you have decent gear, and are prepared.
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 13:23

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 13:23
Should be OK as long as your gear is up to some pounding. We have been to a lot of places up there with our trailer.

Kind regards
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