Cape York

Submitted: Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 08:18
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We plan to travel Cape York in August via the OTT however we are getting different opinions as to camping availibility and weather we need to book ahead ? Can anyone advise us of the camp ground requirements for the coming season ? From the infomation I have, Elliot Falls is the only camp ground requiring bookings ?
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 13:03

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 13:03
If you go outside of school holidays my experience last year suggests that there will be plenty of room at all the major campgrounds like Moreton, Archer River,Hann river,Bramwell Station.
Weipa gets crowded so may need booking, as does Punsand and Loyalty, but not needed when we were there.

Regards Philip A
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Follow Up By: Member - Nevs4b - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 14:28

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 14:28
Thanks for that Philip, but have you seen the new NP Camp Management Policy for 2012 ?
Make it difficult enough to put people off and then they have less to manage !


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Reply By: Rangiephil - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 16:21

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 16:21
Well, yes I have heard about it and maybe a good thing, but of course there is very patchy mobile reception up there, which makes it difficult to delay bookings until a few days before, when plans are firmed.
If you go to Weipa , book from there maybe.

I can see the reason as there can be quite a bit of "angst" as the camp spots are finite and late arrivals miss out . We had a camper and all the camper spots were taken so we had to camp in the car area of a spot as there are the dreaded bollards.

This caused quite a few to try and squat on the actual campsite where the tables and fireplace are, only to have me say that it was my camp, although I did relent and offer a tent space on the other side of the campsite.( which was not accepted, as they also probably wanted privacy)

When we were there the toilets were also overpowered by the numbers camping and they failed spectacularly. I cannot see how bookings would change this, as the local rangers visited and did nothing.

Having said all that Twin falls /Eliot falls are IMHO the highlight of Cape York, and there is nothing like getting up early and basking in warm water in the early morning. It is a magic place.
Regards Philip A

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Follow Up By: Member - Nevs4b - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 21:59

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 21:59
We'll be travelling late July/Aug so as to avoid school holidays, however I can't see this type of system eliminating the obvious problems of over pressure and under funding for the ever increasing NP's with even more limited funds, I see only increased angst and more dreaded bollards !!!
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