RFI: Cape York.

Subject: RFI: Cape York.
From: Chris Ross <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 19:37:45 +1000
I would suggest going up the Telegraph road rather than the bypass roads, more scenic and better camp spots by the rivers plus having driven along it, the speeds of vehicles on that section are likely to be much lower, you'd just need to walk your bikes across the creek crossings. Staying at Twin Falls and a stop at Fruit bat falls is also worth while, great spots to stop for the night and great swimming spots. You'll find pitcher plants and sundews by the creeks. You can head north on the Telegraph road past Twin falls for 2 creek crossings then cut back across to the northern bypass road for the run to the tip. The Telegraph roads are basically two wheel tracks and are in reasonable shape with few corrugations for the most part. Having a flag on a tall pole could be helpful to be spotted earlier on some of the roads through the heathland areas. The approach and departure from creek crossings can be steep but generally easily walkable as are the crossings themselves. If a 4WD can cross, you can walk across. The creeks up there are great, amazing clean clear warm water in all of them.

The bypass roads are known for horrendous corrugations, basically the worst I've been on. People tend to drive too fast on them and their ability to take evasive action on bad corrugations is limited to non existent. If you go to Iron Range, Cook's hut has a great dawn chorus and I found the palm cockatoos at Chilli beach to be very approachable. Chilli beach will be quite windy. Don't know if it's still the same but when I was there a few years back all the camp spots in Iron Range were BYO dunny and only had creek or well water available. I'd suggest going into Iron Range and returning via the road that branches off just beyond Archer River the other road marked crosses the Pascoe River and it can be quite fast flowing and the track reportedly sees very little traffic and is poorly signed.. Up near the tip some of the roads around Somerset were very sandy as were some tracks around Punsand Bay.


Chris Ross

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