Gunshot Creek Crossing

Gunshot creek crossing is the most famous creek crossing on the Old Telegraph Track.

For many people, the famous Gunshot Creek crossing is the absolute highlight of their whole Cape York trip.

While people like to hang their memorabilia in trees in many remote places on the Peninsula, nowhere else can you tell that the excitement levels have been this high up. 

 What Is So Special about the Gunshot Creek Crossing

It isn't easy to find a moment to have this creek crossing for yourself - there is always someone who is just sitting here waiting for others to come down to clap their hands and take photos.

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Doing the Gunshot Creek crossing 2010.

It really is an exciting place, and when done properly, it is indeed something that puts your adrenaline levels right up.

"Doing it properly" means going down at one of the steep drops, the most right-hand track (right-hand when you are on the top and left-hand once you're down and look back to it - the dark-mud one) is nowadays the more usual one.

gunshot creekGunshot Creek crossing 2012.

UPDATE It changes too, in 2014 the dark mud drop looked like this:
Gunshot crossing 2014.

The easy alternative is to do the so-called "Slingshot", which means driving left along the creek a bit, until you come to the easiest slope and do it from there.

Walk down and have a look first - don't let the steepest crossing turn you off if you know yourself and your vehicle.

gunshot slingshotPeople going up the so called 'cheat track', aka Slingshot.

Hey, I have done it (and yes, Rob did get my wheels right!)While it is really exciting to do it and can easily be the highlight of the whole trip, make sure you know yourself and your vehicle before you decide to do it! Once you start dropping you're going down and there is no way back :-)

i did gunshot gunshot creek bankMe after doing the steep drop of Gunshot; and the bank from above.

Also have someone to guide you to make sure you get your wheels right. Because when you are up there, you cannot see anything down where you are going.

gunshot cape yorkOka Paul getting my wheels right, in the older days.

There is heaps of memorabilia on the northern bank of the creek, but only from the current year, as the lot gets washed away every wet season.
   gunshot crossing cape york Memorabilia in 2015.

Gunshot Crossing Videos

Below are a few videos by other people...

Doing the "dark-mud" drop..

That's how simple it is if you do it right.

Doing the middle drop

I so much agree with the author, who says, "cameras never justify it"...

Doing the so-called Sling Shot:

And finally, a goodie:

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