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the 'UNIT'



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:31 pm    Post subject: Cape York Reply with quote

Hello all you BT's. Wondering has anyone taken their BT ALL the way to the top of Cape York. (Can you supply travelling details) If not gone all the way how far could you go? Smile

Steve & Sandy
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Kingy



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve and Sandy.
We took our 21' BT all the way to Punsard Bay along with another 21' BT and a similar sized Kedron in September06. The roads at that stage were still being repaired after the damage from cyclone Monica( and years of neglect). The only real rough patch then was the southern bypass from about 40ks north of Bramwell Station to the crossover to the northern bypass. There was a lot of work going on at that time on the roads so it may well be a bit better. All three vans were none the worse for the trip and it just comes down to driving to the conditions.
A few good camps starting from Mareeba would be
1. Turn right just before the McCloud river bridge, walk down and check for space first.
2. About 3 ks north of Coen on the right, camping on the creek but if your going too fast you will go straight past as it is on a sweeping bend.
3. Anywhere you can find a spot far enough off the road to get away from the dust or failing that, the ones that charge are Archer River road House, Moreton Telegraph Station, Bramwell Station.
4. Elliot falls is a National Park pay as you stay and stick to the bus tour sites if you have a biggish BT, there are only two or three normal campsites that you will fit in. Well worth the drive in and don't be put off by the creek crossing, it's not as bad as it looks!!
5. After that it is an easy trip up to the ferry and onto either Seisha Beach or Punsard Bay, the latter is definately the better in my opinion.
Hope this helps, bad spelling and all.
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Peter
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:36 pm    Post subject: Cape York Reply with quote

We took our 19ft Bushtracker to the top in Sept 2006.
The road was still being worked on in many places,and we found about half of the road was excellent, (80 to 100km/h) while the other half was either rough to very rough.
The worst corrugations were of the order of about 75 to 100mm deep, requiring lower tyre pressures, 1st gear low range at just above engine idle through the worst of it.
Had some fine & coarse dust enter through the bottom fridge vent on the worst sections. Just a minor irritation.
Stayed 4 weeks at Loyalty Beach (Between Seisia & Punsand) Lovely place, very helpful people, powered and unpowered sites with reticulated town water. Pets allowed under control.
A great spot to sit and watch the tide come in and go out.
Recommend going up there before September as the winds tend to increase from then and plays havock with the fishing.
The shortcut road from Batavia Downs to the Weipa road for those venturing to Weipa on the return trip, can also be very corrugated in places, but worth the perserverence for the distance saved.
By all means give it a go, but preferably starting around May June, and as Kingy says, drive to the conditions.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pictures of vans on Cape York Run:



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:14 pm    Post subject: Cape York Update Reply with quote

Kingy's and Uncle Dodgy's notes on Cape York dated July 07 were very helpful as were Steve's photos a month later.

Any updates on improved conditions or tips for a Sunshine Coast departure early July?

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