Cape York

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 22:39
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Would early May be too early to do a trip along the Telegraph track, up to the Cape? Our vehicle is a 70 series landcruiser with a slide-on camper, what would our chances be of getting through?
We have crossed the Simpson Desert and the Vic high country up along the many spurs without problems.
Cheers Rev's
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Reply By: Member - Nathan & Lyndsey (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 23:17

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 23:17
Hey Rev's.

Depends on the wet season this year.
Have you tried the "Capeyorker" forum, some of the locals may be able to give you more accurate information.

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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 09:15

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 09:15
Rev each season is different so really it's not until April will you know what the river heights will be. We went mid May a few years back in what was a particually dry season & reckon it is the best time. A bit more challenging, far less dust & plenty of vacancies in the camp grounds :-) Around the 24th of May you would swear they just opened the gates to the Cape as the numbers of cars on the road seem to double each day after that.
If you have a snorkel /extended breathers etc & are familiar with water splashing onto your windscreen your chances of getting through are very good.
Cheers Craig........................
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 22:12

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 22:12
Hi revs, we went in May 08 leaving Cooktown on the 2nd or so. But it was the driest April along the Qld coast in 50 years and so while there was "fun' water to cross there were no dramas. It had stopped raining at all Cape Bom weather stations in the first week of April so the waters had receded. But April /May 09 was a fair bit wetter and comparing creek crossings with 08 they were somewhat deeper but still doable. The years 2000,2004 and 2006 were wet in April and May thus meaning a more washouts and damaged roads but you have the rig to cope. That's only 3 of the last 10 years so the odds are in your favour. Wet conditions means Lakefield NP will still be closed as will other sites.
Check out all the pix in Places for Telegraph Track, Eliot Falls etc to whet your appetite.... Warrie

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