Traveling north

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 19:45
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in late April we plan to travel north along the east coast. How far could I expect to go towing a conventional 18' tandem van with out destroying it on rough roads? Am I correct in saying that the maccadam runs out at Mossman?
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 21:19

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 21:19
Rick you can go to the Daintree river at Daintree there is a small van park there.

If you go around the other way through mount Malloy you can go all the way to Cooktown. But dont tell evey one. At Cook town I like to stay at Cooktown caravan park john and mary run it . www.cooktowncaravanpark.com or ph 07 4069 5536 they are very nice people.
They can give you a run down on places to see and things to do whilst there.

All the best
Eric

Tag alongs to the cape and beyond

www.capeyorkconnections.com.auCape York Connections
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Follow Up By: Old Soldier - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 08:10

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 08:10
G'day Eric,

The final 20-30 k is finished??

Thats great news mate. I was up there in July last year and was amazed at how much roadworks they had done since the year before.

There was a time when you could only tow an "off road tent trailer" up there behind your 4x4, but I saw quite a few 2wd vehicles towing conventonal vans in the park up there last year.

You're right - a magic spot. I hope it does NOT go the way of Port Douglas now that there is bitumen all the way.

The positive is, now that the tarmac is all the way, more Aussies can go and see this wonderful place and really learn some Oz history.

Whats next - a freeway to the Cape??? I bloody hope not :) :) :)

Enjoy the bush

DennisN
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 16:47

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 16:47
Dennisn I didnt go into cooktown from the south only trough battle campand out trough Bloomfeild.

All the best
EricCape York Connections
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Reply By: Old Soldier - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 08:19

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 08:19
Rick,

Eric probably just had a brief meory lapse :), but you can drive your conventional car all the way to Cape Tribulation before the bitumen runs out.

A short trip on the ferry over the Daintree R. and you're in some of the oldest and best rainforest in the world.

The beach at Cape Trib is magnificent in its isolation.

As he says, a good little van park at Daintree, and some really fabulous ones between the Port and the river. The park at Wonga Beach stands out as one of the best along the entire east coast.

It is a magic part of the world - you will fall in love with it and never want to leave

DennisN
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Follow Up By: Rick Blaine - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 10:04

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 10:04
Crocodiles in the van park????
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Follow Up By: Old Soldier - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 14:59

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 14:59
I think not Rick :) :)

Despite what some people would have you believe there are not many crocs roaming wild in the main streets of towns - or in the van parks.

Just be careful where you put your feet if nature calls in the middle of the night though :):):)

You might step on Steve Irwin on a hunting expedition.

regards

DennisN
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 16:45

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 16:45
Rick I did forget the fact that you can go further north. But towing a big van around those tight roads could be a bit hard. Parking a big rig is hard around the area.

Also i didnt mention the sensational camp sit at cape kimberly . it would have to be one of the best around. Its a bit dearer than others but once you stay there its worth it . I didnt mention it because you gotta find some places by a bit of exproring. So dont tell every one..

All the best
EricCape York Connections
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Reply By: Rick Blaine - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 15:09

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 15:09
fortunatley i have an ensuite in the van to cover thwe midnight dash contingincy....
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Follow Up By: Old Soldier - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 18:05

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 18:05
:) :) :) :)
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