so-called Starcke Wakooka Track is a narrow 4WD track.
It starts at
a turnoff not far
north of Isabella Falls
on Battlecamp Road
and ends in Wakooka.
It is a great four wheel drive track and if you are on your way to Cape
this is the slower but more fun alternative to the Lakefield - Cape
Melville Road (which comes to Wakooka and Cape Melville from the west).
The track may
be boggy in the early Dry and definitely requires a 4WD
The track turns off Battlecamp
Road after Isabella
Falls and is first a reasonable gravel road.
It goes past the turnoffs to Mt
Ray, Elderslie, Glenrock and Mt Baird ...
.. then crosses McIvor
and passes by the small Mt
and the turnoff to Morgans
Landing, (where you can continue to the beach and Cape Flattery).
Further north it passes by Starcke
Homestead and the turnoff to Starcke boat ramp, and soon after that the road gets graduallly smaller.
goes along the eastern border of Starcke
National Park, which is not accessible and has no
Next the road comes to the beautiful Starcke
After the river you come to an old
outstation, and right after it to an old windmill.
has got gradually smaller,
has some sandy sections,
.. and is sometimes also a bit rugged but nothing too bad.
And then it comes to Jeannie
River - almost dry towards the end of the Dry Season.
UPDATE since about 2015 the northern bank of Jeannie River has become increasingly dug out and steep (this photo does not do it the justice).
There is another track on its left hand side but it is more washed out and consequently not better.
It is now hard to get up and unless you have diff locks you might not get up (from south to north) without winching.
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