Roma Flats Track


Roma Flats Track is the northernmost 4WD track on the peninsula.

Like the other tracks, most of it can be done in 2WD gears,



... even though it's not recommended if you are inexperienced.


There are a few spots and stretches that are a little harder than others, particularly early after the wet season.

The Western End of the Roma Flats Track

In the western end, the track starts off pretty good,

roma flats track start and sign

... goes past some tin huts and a Second World War army communication sub-station.

roma flats track sign roma flats track start
roma flats track western end roma flats track tin hut

Then it comes to the ruins of an old post office, and the old Cape York Telegraph Station - the very northernmost one. 
   cape york telegraph station

Looking at it makes one appreciate even more - the ones we still have fully preserved, like Moreton and Musgrave.

roma flats track west

After that the track continues, with a few minor washouts,

roma flats track minor washouts

... but mostly good,

roma flats track good

... and then getting a little sandier.


roma flats track sandy roma flats track little sandy
roma flats track little sandy roma flats track

There are a number of creeks, more obvious during the wet season,


roma flats track water hole

... but three easily visible during the dry.

The First Creek

The first creek is not that far from the western end of the track.

roma flats track first creek

It is dry during the dry season,


roma flats track first creek dry season roma flats track first creek dry season

... and wet during the wet.

roma flats track first creek wet season

The photos are from many different times of driving the track,

roma flats track first creek recovery roma flats track first creek crossing

... most during the wet season.

First Creek to Second Creek

After the first creek,

roma flats track roma flats track
roma flats track roma flats track

... the track gets gradually sandier,

roma flats track roma flats track
roma flats track roma flats track

... then the vegetation starts opening up before you come to the second creek.

Second Creek

The second creek is in open heathland,

roma flats track second creek area

... the area is very sandy,

roma flats track second creek area

... and there are a few crossings,

roma flats track second creek crossing

... wet during the wet season,


roma flats track second creek crossings roma flats track second creek wet season
roma flats track second creek crossings roma flats track second creek
roma flats track second creek wet season roma flats track second creek crossing

... and dry during the dry.

roma flats track second creek dry season roma flats track second creek dry season

Second Creek to Third Creek

After the second creek, it's less sandy,

roma flats track roma flats track

... and there is a section with some washouts,

roma flats track roma flats track
roma flats track roma flats track

... you can pose for pics with your wheels off the ground,


roma flats track four wheel driving roma flats track 4wd

... and there could even be some winching to do if going from east to west.

roma flats track at night roma flats track winching

Shortly after, the track comes to the third creek.


roma flats track roma flats track

Third Creek

It is in a bit of a lush rainforest pocket,

roma flats track third creek roma flats track third creek

... a bit like the first creek.

roma flats track third creek dry season

Dry in the dry season,

roma flats track third creek wet season

... and wet during the wet.

roma flats track third creek crossing

Eastern End of the Roma Flats Track

After the third creek,

roma flats track roma flats track
roma flats track roma flats track

... the track continues,

roma flats track roma flats track
roma flats track roma flats track

... past the turnoff to Crocodile Creek,


roma flats track roma flats track

... until it comes out to the other end,

roma flats track east roma flats track east
 
... and it's all much greener in the wet season :-)

roma flats track wet season roma flats track wet season
roma flats track wet season roma flats track eastern end

Side Track to Crocodile Creek

The side track to Crocodile Creek goes north to the coast.

roma flats crocodile creek track roma flats crocodile creek track temite mounds
roma flats crocodile creek track temite mounds roma flats crocodile creek track
roma flats crocodile creek track roma flats crocodile creek track termite mound

It has some nice termite mounds, and gets a little rougher ...


roma flats crocodile creek track rougher roma flats crocodile creek track hilly
roma flats crocodile creek track hill roma flats crocodile creek track rough

...
and sandier as it is getting closer to the beach.

roma flats crocodile creek track sandy
roma flats crocodile creek track sandy

Arriving at the Beach

Once on the coast, the beach is beautiful.

crocodile creek mouth crocodile creek beach
crocodile creek mouth beach crocodile creek termite mounds

There is also a rocky section with mangroves,

crocodile creek mangroves crocodile creek beach rocky

... and nearby is ...

crocodile creek beach mark o'hagan

... a passage to drive to the beach.

crocodile creek beach suzuki jimny

Beach Drive from Crocodile Creek to Punsand

It starts with a mudflat with mangroves,


crocodile creek beach drive entrance crocodile creek beach drive entrance
crocodile creek beach drive entrance crocodile creek beach drive entrance

... and then continues along the beach.


crocodile creek beach drive to punsand crocodile creek beach drive mark
crocodile creek beach drive views crocodile creek beach drive view

White sands and bright blue waters,

crocodile creek beach drive to punsand crocodile creek beach drive to punsand
crocodile creek beach drive to punsand crocodile creek beach drive to punsand

... we have loved to go as far as to Punsand Bay.

crocodile creek beach drive to punsand crocodile creek beach drive to punsand
crocodile creek beach drive crocodile creek beach drive

Back closer to the Crocodile Creek, you can either drive on the beach or up on the bank,

crocodile creek beach drive on the bank crocodile creek beach drive on the bank
crocodile creek beach track crocodile creek beach drive track

... where there is a track,

crocodile creek beach track views crocodile creek toilet

... complete with a bush toilet :-)

crocodile creek beach toilet

SideTrack to the Mudflats

On the way back to the Roma Flats Track,

roma flats crocodile creek mudflats roma flats crocodile creek mudflats
roma flats crocodile creek mudflats roma flats crocodile creek mudflats

... there are some mudflats.

roma flats crocodile creek mudflats

Nice for a drive around, just don't get bogged.

roma flats crocodile creek mudflats roma flats crocodile creek mudflats





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