Cape York Trip

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 15:39
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Hi everyone, Ron and I have planned a trip to Cape York during June/July along with our 2 daughters (including ones husband and child), family in-laws and two international visitors from Germany (who will have their own vehicle). We are concerned about going along the old telegraph track due to our inexperience with 4x4 driving. Ron, my husband is the only one (out of four drivers) with any experience and that is mainly beach 4x4 driving. We are also working on a time frame due to people catching flights and going home. We are giving ourselves about 21 days to go from Cairns - Cape York - Cairns.

So basically, I am wanting to know whether its a good or bad idea going along the old telegraph track with inexperienced 4x4 drivers?
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Reply By: Guy - Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 16:57

Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 16:57
When are you going to be in Cairns?
We'll be in Cairns Monday 16 July and are going to Cape Melville this time.
We've been twice now and last year.
The old telegraph track is better than the development road to the Jadine river.

Watch your speed specially if you are loaded on the roof rack and if you are on any sort of corregation.
3 years on the Cape Yord develpoment road one of the lady in our group of six 4WD took over the driving from her husband.
On the first curve she went at 80+ km/hour. The road was seriously corragated and the 4WD was loaded on the roof rack.
She went straight ahead because she could not turned on the corregation. Otherwise she would have rolled the vehicle.
She cut about 10 small trees and did $3000 damage to the undercarriage of the vehicle.
One advice. Drive at the speed you are confortable to, specially when you can feel the back or front of the car sliding. Even a small slide.

See you on the track somewhere.
Guy
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 19:30

Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 19:30
Woman driver!!!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 21:20

Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 21:20
Guy it wasnt a disco because 2 trips in a row I have had one coming at me side ways.
All the best EricCape York Connections
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Follow Up By: Kelly Gang - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 10:25

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 10:25
As a female driver, I think I add excitement to the trip! Who cares what the passengers think (Husband and Kids) they learnt mum needs to give it to the the cruiser every now and then! Towing the trailer or up the beach, got to learn somehow! Once I've had my drive (bogged or evicted from drivers seat) I'm happy and family thankful! Look out Cape York 7 days to go!!!! P.S. Ladies always have your own set of car keys!
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Reply By: Member - Trevor - Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 20:40

Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 20:40
Does any one else have information on a the OTL and the Development Road to Jardine?
Trev
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Reply By: desert - Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 20:44

Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 20:44
Don't worry too much. One of the first trips I ever did was to Cape York back in the seventies, when radials were unheard of, drums brake were the norm, no syncro on first and diesels were only ever fitted to Kenworths! Give it a go, you'll be stoked, just use the old grey stuff up top, thats what it's for, and enjoy.
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 21:13

Thursday, Jun 12, 2003 at 21:13
Ron & Pam we do tag alongs in the cape our july trip starts from near port douglas on the 1st for 21 days finnishing in cook town . If you would like to come along with us contact me on the below ph # . I would be be able to give you a very attractive deal . You would be getting 21 days of driver training and guidance and see some of the best sights in the Cape . Hoping to here from you.
All the best
Eric
www.capeyourconnections.com.au
Eric 02 4294 3496
mob 0418 964279Cape York Connections
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Reply By: Guy - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 11:08

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 11:08
Eric, I had in the last 12 months, followed at two different locations outback Qld, a semi trailer and a B-double driving for more than 10 kms, totally on the wrong side of the road.
Trying to wake up the drivers on UHF Channel 40 and 11 made no difference. The drivers where snoozing with 44 and 72 tons in the middle of road. Very scarry
Guy
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Reply By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Saturday, Jun 14, 2003 at 20:34

Saturday, Jun 14, 2003 at 20:34
If you are new too the 4wd game you would be well advised to do some training before you tackle the CAPE on your own This will certainly give you peace of mind and make you more confident in both your own and your vehicles ability. 21 days is plenty of time for a very liesurely trip to the Cape and back. I am happy to give you any advice you need and could certainly do a good deal for 4 drivers trained in one day.
Cheers Rob
Cairns Offroad Training & Tours
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