Chicken Run to Cape York

Submitted: Sunday, Oct 28, 2001 at 00:00
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Is it possible to do a "chicken run" to Cape York
for those who just want to get there without too
much drama? I realise that this might mean missing
out on a few side trips, but I want to know if it
can be done.
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Reply By: Steve campbell - Monday, Oct 29, 2001 at 01:00

Monday, Oct 29, 2001 at 01:00
Just take the bypass road. No dramas or good 4wding, and your teeth will chatter all the way on the worse corrugations this sude of the Tanami, but you'll get there. BTW...No dramas in the dry.....wet is a different matter.
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Reply By: Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Monday, Oct 29, 2001 at 01:00

Monday, Oct 29, 2001 at 01:00
We can organise something for you. email for more info. 4wdtraining@cairns.net.au
Cheers Rob
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Monday, Oct 29, 2001 at 01:00

Monday, Oct 29, 2001 at 01:00
Stephen, as the first reply says yes, you can just drive up the Developmental Track but the problem there is although it is not technically difficult, it is harsher on your vehicle due to the extreme corrugations. Many people have MORE problems on this track because of it. Consider it carefully.
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Reply By: Kathy - Monday, Oct 29, 2001 at 01:00

Monday, Oct 29, 2001 at 01:00
Stephen, 6 years ago we did the telegraph track up and the bypass on the way back, the telegraph track was the better one, if slower. We did it in a 93 Mistsubishi L300 (the same one that has just survived Cape Melville) and there was only one vehcile - providing you take things slowly and check the creek crossings and are careful you should be able to make it. We know of one couple who did it in a L300 1985 model in 1995 and got through with no problems. We have found as long as you go in the middle of the dry season most 4 WD have already paved the way.
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Reply By: Stephen - Wednesday, Oct 31, 2001 at 01:00

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2001 at 01:00
Ok, thanks everyone. It seems that the "chicken run" is not the best option, and a trip like the one described in the Exploroz trek notes may be the way to go. Are the corrugations any better early in the season?
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