What's the Cape like right now??

Submitted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 23:10
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I'm looking to get up the cape and back to Lorne Hill by the 25th of June. I keep hearing people say it's bin too wet to start heading up yet but all these stories are coming from hear say.

Does anyone know what the place is like yet? Cape Melville, Lakefield, Iron Range, Bloomfield Track, OTL etc etc
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 23:55

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 23:55
Joff,

For Cape specific stuff I look here: Cape Yorker, it is frequented and moderated by Bamaga, Weipa and Seisia locals.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 09:48

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 09:48
Thanks Geoff

We also plan on going up there. But not until next year. I will put the link in my favourites.

Where were those photos on the sand with the SWB landy taken? Or have I the wrong person.

Phil (I got caught up in that one didn't I)
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 10:10

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 10:10
Hi Phil,

The photo's of the Landy on the sand were taken at Indian Head on Fraser Island about 2 years ago.

I'm not the photographer but posted them because they are a very graphic illustration of what can and will go wrong if we don't respect recovery equipment.

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Follow Up By: joff1 - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 10:35

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 10:35
Thanks Geoff, I'll have a read then post up a question.
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Reply By: Voxson - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 14:00

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 14:00
I have been to The Cape the last three years running and if i had listened to what people say about not going early i would have missed three good trips.
In 2006 when Monica hit land i waited till June before i left and it was the best trip yet and even then i should have left a week before that....
Ring Archer river roadhouse and if people are crossing the archer then git up there.................................
Your timing is good for Barra in The Wenlock and The Annie river...
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Follow Up By: joff1 - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 14:43

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 14:43
Thanks Voxon. That is exactly why I'm looking for facts. I find most people who tell what we can't do either don't really know, are just repeating what they have heard or have a different idea of "hard" to me. that is not to say that I don't listen, I just don't plan my trips on it.

I'll contact Archer River.. thanks
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Follow Up By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 19:27

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 19:27
It all depends what you want to o, where you want to go what your experience is. Don't blame the ones answering, they are often catering to a broad range of knowledge and experience. I lived on the Cape for 10 years and saw lots good advice ignored at high cost.

But as Voxon said, if you want Barra- go early. Sometimes May is too late for Barra.
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Follow Up By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 19:28

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 19:28
...must learn to type one day :-)
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Reply By: Ianw - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 20:25

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 20:25
I am in Cairns right now, was in Cooktown yesterday. All roads are open, Have not had any rain for the week we have been here, and we saw a lot of rigs obviously heading for the 'tip'. Go for it.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 18:41

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 18:41
We just arrived in Seisia a couple of hours ago.
The main road up is spectacularly good. Virtually no corrogations, lots of road crews at work, but even the bits that they have not done are quick.
Won't stay this way though, as soon as the 'flood' of tourists starts.
Intend to explore on the way south.
(Boomfield would be ok in a Mini, I reccon.....)

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Follow Up By: joff1 - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:00

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:00
Peter, did you go to Cape Melville?
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 17:36

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 17:36
Not yet.
Will do those spots as we head south.
We are now camped 550 metres south of the Tip, view out to the west over the beach, on our own......internet.....couldn't catch dinner though!

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: joff1 - Monday, May 25, 2009 at 17:48

Monday, May 25, 2009 at 17:48
We'll keep an eye out for an Oka then. We just hit Cairns for 2 nights so the kids can jump on the biggest bloody jumping pillow in the world!?? They better be on it for 48hours straight at $56 a night (I wish I had nown that before I promised they could stay here for a few days).

Anyway, we will be heading north from here in a few days so might see you along the road somewhere.

Cheers
Joff
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 08:25

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 08:25
Joff,

Did most of it in 06 apart from the more remote places and had a ball apart from my radiator damage. Two weeks to the top and back from Cairns last time wasn't nearly long enough.
As I believe you know we will be up that way again from 13 July for three weeks so hopefully you will still be up there and we can catch up.
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 08:27

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 08:27
Oops didn't read the dates. Anyway thanks for the info everyone.
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