Planning a trip to Cape York

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 17:10
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Hi there

We are planning a trip to Cape York for later in the year and I would like to know what places/things should we see/do? Also wanted to know if Laura Coach Road (between Maytown and Laura) is suitable for trailers (camper trailer, camper van and boat)?

Thanks for all of your help and safe travels!
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Reply By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 18:23

Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 18:23
G'day guys,

We had a great time on our trip, and on our web page put a couple of things that may interest you:

- daily log
- slideshow to music (put together by Sandy - also a member on this site - don't miss this one)
- track files for OziExplorer
- fuel consumption for various vehicles
- Recommendations for our next trip - cos you can't just go the once ;-)

You should get something out of it..
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Follow Up By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 18:26

Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 18:26
That link would be here
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve (Townsville) - Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 20:08

Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 20:08
We started by buying a Cape York map and circled all the places that we wanted to see (or people said were must do's) and then used that to figure out how many days we would need and planned the route roughly with a few spare days in case we wanted to stay somewhere a bit longer.

Might be a good place to start and as people suggest places you could just circle them.

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Follow Up By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 10:07

Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 10:07
Hi Ivan
great web page lots of good info ,some one must have allot of time to spare to put all that info together,But it is much appreciated, i will spend a fair bit of time going through it, as it will also help
me plan my trip this year if time permits.
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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 18:24

Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 18:24
Try this mob for an answer to some of your queries :))

..And have a great time.
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Reply By: Member - Peter D M - Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 20:26

Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 20:26
if you do a search of this site putting in 'cape york' you will find heaps of info for your trip. have a great time, i did.

regards peter
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Reply By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 21:00

Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 21:00
Hi Guys, I wouldn't recommend taking any sort of trailer thru the Old Coach Road possibly one of the tuffest thru roads in Oz if you do it all properly. We used to go thru there twice a year on trail bikes with HJ75 backup almost always found broken down vehicles in there. Great track but pretty rough We used to drive in and Camp on the Palmer river at Maytown then ride to Laura for lunch and back to Maytown that afternoon. You could drive to Laura with your campers then leave them there and go have a look, only about 80 k back to Maytown from memory. Cheers,
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Reply By: Member - Matt & Julie (VIC) - Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 21:34

Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 21:34

We are also planning our trip to Cape York, we will be leaving
Melbourne on 8th August 2008, towing our camper trailer, we
are meeting up with our friends at Broken Hill, they are coming
from S.A. if you are travelling around the same time we might
be able to meet along the way, enjoy and safe travels.

Matt & Julie

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Reply By: KOR - Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 10:05

Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 10:05
We did the cape a couple of years ago. I can totally recommend the Ron and Viv Moon Book. I'm not sure which is the latest edition, however it really did help us to make judgement calls.

We had a great time with a bunch of friends travelling in May-June. Our trek had the following
Jackeroo - towing a KK
Patrol GU - towing camper
Patrol ST diesel - towing camper
2 X Patrol GQ

We always had one GQ in front of the Jackeroo which had trouble a couple of times with traction. Not really much of an issue when we pulled them out with a snatch strap. Other than that - pretty easy really!

We really enjoyed the Horn Island/Thursday Island tour as well... it was a nice change from the corrugations on the bypass roads. BTW we went up on the OTL and came back via the bypass road. Make sure you stop for a hamburger at the Archer River Roadhouse!

Enjoy yourselves and watch out for those dips!

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