telegraph track - Cape York

Submitted: Monday, May 31, 2010 at 22:43
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Has anyone travelled along the Telegraph track lately? Are there any low hanging tree branches as we'll be heading that way in a few weeks and have a slide on camper. Will we have any problems with the camper height ?
Any info would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance Allan
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Reply By: Grungle229 - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 07:15

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 07:15
The OTL is one of the last great tough treks in this country so worrying about low hanging branches should be the last thing on your mind. I would be more concerned with negotiating some of the deeper water crossings, steep and boggy entries and exits to the creeks and contending with the hundres of other travellers doing the Cape this year (including us).

Every year the track changes with the first travellers through having to clear all the fallen trees that were left after the wet. If you take a chainsaw then you will have no problem clearing any trees that may concern you.

Have a great trip.

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Follow Up By: Member - "The Doctor" (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 09:21

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 09:21
Agree with all of the above,

Also the width of your car will play a major part. I have a 100S L/Cruiser and had to tuck the side mirrors in alot when negotiating tight corners.

Got some wicked scratches up both sides of the car but that's the Tele track for you.

Don't let that detere you, It's an awesome trip I will definately be doing again.

P.S. Travel up the tele track south to north.

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Reply By: wally_willy78 - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 09:40

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 09:40
hey allan I havent travelled along the telegraph track sorry cant help u on that one However I would like to keep in contact with u as we r leaving on the 18th june for the tip on our first trip with my family I dont have any plans on travelling the southern section but have thought about going up the northern peice if i can without risking vehicle to much I am towing a small tinny so no tsure if it is a good idea yet probably not.

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Reply By: hinchey - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 09:42

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 09:42
Is there a reason to go South to North ?
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 10:43

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 10:43
Werove most of the OTT last year from north to south. South to north would be easier.
We are 2160mm wide and 3050mm high amd 6m long. There are some scratchy spots and you have to keep your eyes open.
There are a few pics in this slide show..

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Reply By: Member - Lotzi (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 11:09

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 11:09
Gday REV'S

I used to take 4x4 buses up there, you shouldn't have to much trouble. But watch your speed on the corrugations, make sure you can see the top of your camper in your mirrors and keep an eye on the camper hold down clamps.

Other than that most of the advice above is pretty good.


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Reply By: Voxson - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 15:06

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 15:06
I have a fresh report from the OTL 2days old.
Group of 5 cars made it all the way north and then back south without too many hassles.
Palm Creek South entry/exit has a hell of a lump in it which can cause IFS cars a little nightmare for traction going up.
Nolans Brook / Bridge Creek is deep and SOFT.
It has already caught it's fair share of travellers.
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Reply By: REV'S - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 00:18

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 00:18
Thanks to all that replied. We travelled along the OTL approx 10yrs ago in a 80 series landcruiser, so i am familiar with all it has to offer. This time Our set up is quite different and was wondering if our height would be a problem. As always with care it shouldn't be a problem. Allan
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