We are driving a 1928 Austin 7 to Cape York in late June to recreate Hector MacQuarrie's first drive to the Cape in 1926. We are going unsupported.
We have driven veteran and vintage cars all over the world including Peking to Paris so have no problems with the vehicle mechanically making it. Our 4X4 experience covers 50 years over the whole of Australia and several other countries.
We are planning the Telegraph route which we would like to do for historic reasons but want the latest on the current creek situation and possibility of chicken routes around the hard spots.
The Austin 7 only weighs about 400kg loaded and we will have no problem carrying a long rope to be pulled through by probably amused four wheelers but we don't want to become a blight on the escutcheon of progress by blocking the track.
Thinking of doing the old Jardine crossing wrapping the car in a tarp and floating it across (I used this method on really big rivers in Papua New Guinea with some Suzukis). We don't have time to build a raft like old Hec and his mate Dick did in 1926.
Always happy to receive advice and would appreciate a real time report from the early 2015 travellers on conditions and your suggestions for avoidance of the deep crossings.
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detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks,
at least 30 guaranteed FREE
camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to
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swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things -
from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception,
how to deal with the national
parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits
and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery
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