Cape York in October

Cape York in October

by Semmy

Hello Katrin,

Im from Germany and me and two of my friends are planning on going to Cape York in October.

I know it is late but is it too late to travel for us?

We are then going to be 18 and 19 Years old and wont have Offroad experinece.

October is the earlyest for us that we could go. Is the track hard in october and will there be any others we can travel up with?

We were planning on diong the old telegraph track too but is it still possible and the same difficulty as in August/September?

Thanks for your Help,


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Hi Semmy,
by: Katrin

Sorry that i haven't managed to answer to your first question even - the only reason for that is that we have a category 4 cyclone (same thing as hurricane) coming and we are doing cyclone preparation to our house and yard - so it's an out of the normal situation.

October is the BEST time of the year to do it. Until the rains start - which is November - December - the later in the season you go the safer, because all the creek and river waters will be down. The only downside of October is that yes there will be less other people you'll see along the track in case you needed some help.

However to answer your first question - for 18 and 19 years olds with no off road experience unfortunately i do think the Old Telegraph Track is too much.

You do need some experience, but more than anything you also need a good lot of common sense to decide where to go or not to go. If you have the sense to do that correctly you could start from the southern end and get out later as there are tracks out, but it would be your responsibility to make the right decisions.

The northernmost parts and the Gunshot i definitely don't recommend, and all in all i think the best thing would be to leave the Cape York trip for one of your future visits to Australia when you are older and have more experience.

You would also get much more out of it as there are many more exciting tracks than the OTT ;-)

Thanks for the informative Response :)
by: Semmy

Wow, didnt think that you would respond so quick! No problem for not answering my fist question,i posted a new one because i needed other information. I've also asked on other sites but noone answerd me.
In Fact im not sad about your respnse. one or two weeks ago i was so exited and just wanted to go on the OTT and Cape York, when i realised that at the time we actully wanted to go to australia (December-April) it wasnt visitable. So then I just wanted to lay our trip earlyer JUST for the trip, wich would be barly possible to affoard moneywise. Im just relieved because your answer reflects what i was thinking yesterday evening, we should do it when we ave more experience. SO thanks for the big help :) But i will sure go by your page if i will ever go up to cape york! Where and with what tag alog company would you recomend going for a nice, jungle and rivercrossing trip in eastern Australia?
Best regards,

Hi Semmy,
by: Katrin

No worries and thank you :-)

Give me a day or a few, we get through this tropical cyclone, and get the life back on track, and i will give you the answer at the first opportunity!

Hi Semmy,
by: Katrin

We are finally through the cyclone and the life is starting to get back to normal.

I am glad to have confirmed your feelings about your Cape York trip - and it is so true - you cannot do Cape York in a rush - not if you want to have a good and safe trip!

It is an unknown part of Australia, and even most Aussies take years to think, and months at the very least to plan this trip.

Tagalong is not a bad idea for you, but at this stage i would recommend you to get my FREE Pocket Guide and read the basics.

Once you have read about and found out what places in Cape York you want to visit, what options you have for getting around, what month you want to go (even the months the Cape is open do vary), how long time should you plan for your trip and what will it cost you, you will be able to look into different tagalong tour companies and see which one offers what you want. They all do nice jungle and river crossing trips so I cannot say which one is the best - it's more about which one suits YOUR needs (the EXACT places YOU want to visit etc).

Even if you are putting your Cape York trip off right now - if you plan to do it a few years later, there's nothing wrong with starting to do some reading now - the longer you take for thinking and planning the better trip is your end result :-)

(P.S. and all the tagalong companies are in the Destination Guide).

by: Semmy

Okay, thanks for the good information, i will look into the guid, but as you said it will take me a bit until i will go :) Hope everything went well!
Best regards, Semmy

No worries Semmy :-)
by: Katrin

And thanks - everything went better than expected so we are really happy that our house didn't get any damage.

Looking forward to having you back here once you get back to planning your Cape York trip!

Best regards you too :-)

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