Did the Cape in 1980 and Now Revisiting

Did the Cape in 1980 and Now Revisiting

by Frank Abbott

My wife Trish, and I travelled up the cape in 1980.

Very different to today (no PDR).

When we reached the tip the track ended at the present "car park" and the only person we saw was an ex British policeman camping in a white ridge tent on pallets.

He was guarding the site of the 'proposed' resort!

We are currently at Bamaga revisiting the Cape.

We have been in FNQ a few times but were put off going further by the volume of travellers.

We are pleased we finally came up. We travelled the TL track as much as we could.

We have found everything very different, more developed of course, but it is still a great place and we have still been able to find places to camp up with beautiful views.

I see much of the old track is over grown. We would love to make our way along the old track but presume that apart from the re growth and washouts the land s now 'out of bounds' in many places.

Also read about the CREB road. It was a maintenance track when we slid our way through in 80.

We had to camp on the track were we could. No camp areas and it wasn't a day drive!

Still that's progress.

Enjoyed your site.


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Aug 16, 2013
Hi Frank,
by: Katrin

What a story!!!

Thank you so much for sharing, and enjoy the rest of the trip :-)


Aug 18, 2013
There was no ferry then
by: Frank

There was no ferry then.

We drove our Toyota 3speed Petrol across the Jardine River ourselves.

This trip we actually found the old crossing and was tempted to try but decided against it.

Aug 18, 2013
I know what you're saying Frank
by: Katrin

I know what you're saying Frank, it is tempting!

I had some trouble to tell Rob off it.

He finally said, take me out of here or I am going!

We had no snorkel in these early days so it would have been really stupid.

I so much wish I would have been doing the trip in 1980 and seen what it looked like!!

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