Submitted: Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 13:40
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G'day All

Further to Thread 70017 and travelling to Cape York.

I'd be interested in opinions on the options of either self-driving to Cape York from Cooktown, or taking an organised tour option.
Cost will be a factor but that's always the case. My questions are:
1. How difficult for average experience 4WD drivers?
2. What is a reasonable time for the return driving trip - I know that's a 'how long is a piece of string?' question but . . .We will not be restricte by time.
3. For people with experience of the organised trips - the $64 question - are they good value?

Any and all opinions will be appreciated

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Reply By: Member - Tony & Julie (FNQ) - Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 14:03

Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 14:03
1)Not a difficult drive
2)To just do a drive up and back with no side trips etc you could get up in two days and back in two days. Now add things that would be good to see and 4weeks would be a good time.
3) Never done an organized trip - no need if you want to go alone and like to find things out for yourself. You pay for the experience of the guide - so that would be good value in itself.

Cheers Tony
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Reply By: exdrover - Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 16:45

Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 16:45
Have just done this trip a different way, went from Cairns by cargo ship ,the MV Trinity Bay ,round trip to Horn Isl ,Thursday Isl , Bamaga (Seisia) but you have many options . you can drive one way and return by ship with car on board . As regards difficult , that depends the time of year you go and how bad the previous wet was, the guy that runs the campground at Bamaga does the trip to Cairns in about 13 Hrs .Are you planning to use the Gunshot track or the good road. There are a lot of options with group tours from camping to 5 star with prices to match. People i have talked to on tours say that it is best to go north and then fly home from Bamaga or Horn Isl (or go by ship) that way the interest is held by the promise of getting to the TOP, rather than starting at the top and just heading south.. Good Travels...Regards CJ
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Reply By: johannagoanna - Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 21:54

Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 21:54
I did an organised trip 2 years ago, as I was on my own, with two little kids (8 and 6). It was with David and Justine Olsen. Honestly was one of the best experiences in my life. To be guided everyday (when I normally lead most of the club trips), not have to worry about where we were going, but just sit back, drive and enjoy the trip was wonderful. I didn't even have to get the fire going or anything. I would highly reccommend a trip with David.

It wasn't that the trip was hard at all, it was just easy not to have to think!

Having said that, this year I am going again, but with my partner and my two children, and leading a group from our 4wd club.

I hope you decided to do the trip in someway, you will never regret it!

Have fun!


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Follow Up By: johannagoanna - Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 21:56

Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 21:56
Oh, as for the value. Yes, I thought it was good value.........peace of mind type value. No need to worry, no need to book anything, and help if needed (needed Dave's help to fix a few little things that I could have done myself, but it was easier and faster to let a man do it for me! lol)

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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 11:02

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 11:02
G'day John,

You know the usuall qualifications about the car and driver - if your car is reasonable then you will not have a problem sticking to the main tracks. And if time is not a problem then there is plenty to see as well. When you leave Cooktown and head to Lakefield via Battle Camp Rd you'll get a pretty good feel for the rest of the trip. Camping in various parts in Lakefield is always a delight. We stop at Kalpower Crossing every trip as it has a lot to offer. We were also apprehensive on our first trip but have no problems in recommending it as a do alone trip.

Kind regards
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