Cape York Escape

Submitted: Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 15:32
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Hi All. For those who have done the trip, can you advise on fuel requirements for the X Trail. Where fuel is available between Lakeland and the Cape. I will be towing a Tvan. 60 Lt fuel, 70 Lt water. Plus Five Jerrys on the Tvan Three fuel, 2 water. I intend to leave the Tvan at camp sites for day side trips on the way.

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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 16:16

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 16:16
esarby,
Try here for some good info.
http://capeyorker.com/forums/
some of these guys live up there.
Cheers Dave...
GU RULES!!

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Reply By: Patrol22 - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 19:38

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 19:38
You shouldn't have a problem as you can get unleaded and diesel at Laura, Coen, Musgrave Station, Bramwell Junction (where the Southern Bypass and OTL part company), Jardine Ferry, and then at Bamaga and Seisia. I don't know what your usage is but just top up at the major centres and you shouldn't have any problems at all. Given that you have an X-Trail and towing a van I'm hoping that you are not going to attempt any of the side trips - eg Chilli Beach, Capt Billy etc or the OTL.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 20:26

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 20:26
The side trips should be able to be done with this vehicle. Iron range is now a highway, the Wenlock and Pascoe & other crossings should be shallow enough now, Iron Range to Chilli Beach will be a bit rough still but poke along slow and all is fine. OTL likewise. Most stock 4x4s, with caution when required, can do all the Cape has to offer.
Have fun up there and it is a good idea to leave the van behind at a camp area and do the side trips, they are all worth the effort.

Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 20:32

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 20:32
You may be right Tony as I haven't been up there since 2007 but blowed if'n I would've attempted Gunshot or Palm with a soft-roader X-Trail then.......nor now for that matter - especially towing a van. Just a personal thing really and each to their own I say.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 at 16:15

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 at 16:15
Why not take the easy route at gunshot? Got me beat why someone would put their car through that when there is a perfectly good bypass! As you say each to their own! Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: Member - esarby (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 at 16:45

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 at 16:45
Thanx Tony B & Patrol 22 for your suggestions & help. I have looked forward to doing this for years. I didn't intend to take the CT anywhere too rough and had thought of leaving it at camp sites while off on side trips. I will be up there for quite a while, so I can take it easy. Hopefully tag along with a few other people some of the time. Cheers for now....

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Reply By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 20:12

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 20:12
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 20:18

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 20:18
P/S You have ample fuel to cover between fuel stops. There is enough fuel available, you just have to pay a little more. It pays to give these people your service. It means they can still be in business for the future travelers. I think they are a fair price for the amount of fuel they turn over and the distances its transported. Cheers Tony
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Reply By: Member - Glenn H (NSW) - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 21:14

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 21:14
Gidday esarby, we did Cape last May in a Pathy. Fuel was no problems as noted above. You will have no probs going thru Iron Range NP to Chilli Beach nor Capt Billy - there's 165 speed humps on that track- or so the sign at the start has written on it.
Forget about taking the van on then OTR. Stay at Elliot Falls and leave the van. From there its just a few km to Sam Creek,Mistake Creek, Cannibal Creek, Canal Creek and Cypress Creek which has the log bridge. A fun two hour or so round trip with the Falls to swim in when you get back. All these spots are in Places with pix and descriptions. Cheers, Glenn
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