Kalpower Crossing the best presented and supervised NP on the Cape as the Rangers are nearby, and present every morning to "observe".
Bathurst Head is now virtually off-limits, as the aboriginal art at Combe Point has been vandalised by some stupid idiots, and the indigenous people have somehow taken the narrow strip of access back, and allowed it "back to nature" with no maintenance....it is just swampland!
the "Running Creek Track" was quite a surprise, with small sections of challenging 4WDing punctuating interesting tracks, and gorgeous un-named Lily Lagoons.
Port Stewart is a haven for sandflies, and our overnight stay resulted in whelts that still remain. You are tantalisingly close to Princess Charlotte Bay, but can't even get a glimpse beyond the boat ramp.
Caravan Parks are heavily booked all the way, and booking ahead/ modifying your travel plans is now a fact of travelling life, especially in Weipa and Punsand Bay.
For your eyes and ears only, Umagico is by far the best paid camp north of Cooktown, and we enjoyed fresh cooked crays for $40 each (1.5kg) in a leisurely campground serviced by gorgeous indigenous people.
If we ever visit again, we will stay at Elim Beach, Isabella Falls, Starke Track campsites, Merluna (again), camp on the OTT instead of daytripping, Mutee Head, Somerset Beach.
We found north of Cooktown to be like a separate State of Aus, and north of the Jardine separate again.
We need to leave it as is.....a challenge with great rewards for perseverence.
We even got used to driving outside the white post road markers in the sandy drains to lessen the corrugation issues.
Drive to the conditions and return unscathed as we did......tyre pressures/ tyre pressures/ tyre pressures are critical.
this 50 pages
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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This is the ORIGINAL Cape York Travel Guide run Locally on the Peninsula.