Traveling to the cape

When traveling up to the cape can we buy diesel and food etc or staying at the at the various places can we us our efpos/credit cards or do we need to have cash. Is food readily available or do we need to fully cater for the total trip. Will have a fridge full but just wondering if we can get bread etc.
We expect to be in the area around July which appears from other forums to be the most recommended period to make the trip particularly as we will be tenting it,
Have read previously that there is a caravan park at Lakeland who will store our van, can anyone advise the name of the park.
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Reply By: Member - Matt L (WA) - Sunday, Jan 02, 2011 at 23:25

Sunday, Jan 02, 2011 at 23:25
You will have no trouble about Efpos and provisions bread ect. they take the card every where. The parks name is the Lakelands Caravan Park ph 07 40602033 or email,
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Reply By: Voxson - Sunday, Jan 02, 2011 at 23:26

Sunday, Jan 02, 2011 at 23:26
You could actually go there with a credit card and no food and you would not go hungry or thirsty....
But you will want to buy for a week or so at a time...
You can shop at Cooktown, Seisa, Cairns, you can buy nick knacks at all the roadhouses...
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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 00:34

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 00:34
If your looking for info on Cape York try here
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Reply By: Member - Josh (TAS) - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 07:55

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 07:55
Take a fishing rod and you won't go hungry and you'll eat better than you do at home. Cape York is no longer what I consider a really remote area. You can buy most things up there you just pay through the nose for it.
When we were at pundsand bay a guy was complaining about the prices. I thought these guys have to make their money while the roads are open, then survive the rest of the time without the income. I bet he would complain more if the facilities weren't there.
I would recommend going before the school holidays if possible as the road gets cut up quickly with everyone doing 20,000 kms in 2 weeks and not having the time to slow down.
Have fun and enjoy

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Follow Up By: AGNI4x4 - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 10:15

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 10:15
Got to agree there Josh ........................ did around Australia 35 years ago and a challenge it was in an old FB holden .................. did Cape York 12 months ago and it was like a drive around the block. On reaching the Tip and walking down to the infamous sign I thought I'd stumbled into the Myer boxing day sale thats how many people where there. Ten bucks for a block of chocolate in Bamaga I thought was a bit rich but ?
When I went the OTL was a better road than the Bypass and any fem passengers needed a sports bra the corrogations were so bad.
But hey it's all part of the fun and the scenery second to non.
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Follow Up By: Member - Josh (TAS) - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 20:23

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 20:23
Yeah still my favourite spot.
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Reply By: Kiwibound eventually - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 09:37

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 09:37
Hi Bill, we are really interested in our message as we live in Box Hill also and plan to commence our trip around Australia in July 2011 initially travelling inland to Townsville then direct to Cape York. We also will store our caravan and take the tent for that part of our trip. We would be interested in discussing plans if you are.
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Follow Up By: Box Hill Bill- Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:01

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:01
Hi Kiwibound We will be leaving for FNQ at the end of March after we spend 6 weeks in Tassie. Happy to get together to discuss my email address is
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Reply By: vk1dx - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 10:23

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 10:23
Like the others, the credit card will do and you have heaps of facilities and shopping opportunities. But have cash on hand for when the cards fail. Like we had for the ferry. Funny how we didn't even get a receipt!!!!

If you are storing the van in Cooktown look at the loop along the eastern side of the Cape along the Starcke Track to Cape Melville and back to the highway (Development Road) on the Wakooka Track through Lakefield NP. If you are a Veteran you may want to drop into Pandanus Vets Retreat near Lakefield Crossing.

We enjoyed the Starcke Track drive immensely but be careful! We broke a shock absorber on the Starcke Track. Luckily we got a replacement when we got to Laura.

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