Yes I remember crossing the Jardine long before a ferry was ever thought of. I was 10 years old and had the time of my life on our family journey's.
Dad had a blue short wheel base land cruiser. The camp area was full to the brim with people and crossings were done in groups, usually new found fiends on the trails.
Tarps over bonnets and sealed with good ole grey tape. 10 people or so at different intervals of the crossing for the driver to navigate the holes in the rock and there was a few deep ones. Yes I remember a rock bottom for the first part, and a current in the water that would float me down a few meters before I would get scared and swim back to the people on the crossing. (had my parents seen this they would of screamed blue murder - Dad was having nightmares that me particularly is eaten by a croc)
Dad got through no problems and so did everyone else, the only car that had any issues and had so many of them on the track that they were quite well known..... the ford panelvan .... yes a ford panel van, which probably to this day owes many a tow rope, snatch straps and good will to all they encountered on the journey.
Mum and dad gave me passion for Toyota 4WD, to go camping, drive dirt tracks and see where that road goes.
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guide totally for FREE.
contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip.
You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you
should take, how to get
there and get
to stay (general info), what
will it cost..
and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.
This complete 300 pages
travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the
background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all
the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact
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
the Cape), at least 40 best
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
gear by my partner
Mark who is the recovery guy on northern Cape York and the Old
Not to mention locals'
tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)
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