way is quicker, it is also sealed all the way to Laura, but it goes through some dry
environment, and is more remote considering the distances between the
few townships are longer. It goes via Kuranda, Mareeba,
Mt Molloy, Mt
Carbine and Lakeland.
The coastal road has some beautiful scenery and more famous places
and Port Douglas,
but is only
sealed from Cairns to Cape
Tribulation, and is definitely worth doing, apart from the
famous tropical rainforests the best things are CREB Track, Bloomfield
Road and Cooktown.
on what way you want to take between the Peninsula Developmental and
Cooktown (Mulligan Hwy or Battle
Road), the inland and the coastal
road will meet either in Lakeland
Musgrave North of
Laura the road is mostly unsealed, and instead of townships you have
- Hann River Roadhouse,
- an old historical roadhouse on the crossroads of the roads to Lakefield
(east) and Pormpuraaw (west).
Central Cape York
you can take the quickest road north, but you also have some choices
for side trips.
North of Musgrave you have a township
half way from Cairns
York. Now if you weren't rushing up north (or do on your way back
south) the side tracks to do here would be the Old Coen Track, Running
and Port Stewart.
North of Coen is a roadhouse,
but first you pass by a quarantine
station and the turnoff to Mungkan
National Park, (now Oyala Thumotang National Park) and
north along the corrugated road you come to Archer River Roadhouse.
to Lockhart River
North of Archer River
is the turnoff to Lockhart River, Portland Roads and Iron
which contains some
unique rainforest, known for species found nowhere else, however they
not easy to spot unless you stay and take your time.
Further north you come to the turnoff to Weipa,
or to be more correct - the main road, which is the Peninsula
Developmental Road, continues to Weipa, and if you want to go north,
you turn right to Cape York - the Tip of Australia, Pajinka and Bamaga.
The road north is called Telegraph
and it is a reasonable dirt road that can get corrugated; and muddy
after rains. It passes by millions of termite mounds, the turnoff to
Wenlock River Bridge and Moreton
Telegraph Station before it comes to Bramwell Junction.
Old Telegraph Track
At Bramwell Junction
you have the choice of taking the Bypass
Roads, or the Old
which is by far the best
part of your Cape York trip. The best way is
to take the OTT on your way north, and the Bypass
Roads on your way back south.
Northern Peninsula Area and the Tip
In the end of the Old Telegraph Track you cross Jardine River on a
of the river you come to Injinoo, Umagico and Bamaga
- the largest town up here. Next north are New Mapoon and
Seisia, where you can
catch a ferry to Thursday
of Cape York Further
are Loyalty Beach,
the historical Lockerbie
Somerset Beach, Punsand
and finally the place
called Cape York - the northernmost
point of mainland
Australia. Off the coast are Torres
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 vehicle-recovery-guy partner).
Not to mention locals'
tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)
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