cape york

jacnden

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Having been to the Cape 46 times since 1987, all I can say it is not that remote anymore, and there are plenty of people traveling up there. Now I haven't seen many people driving around the Cape at night, so if I were you, ditch the light bar and spotties and invest in some lockers, gonna be a damn sight more helpful. AT tyres will do more than what you need, Palm creek, your gonna be winching out of it unless your the first one through in the morning, and then thats not a guarantee, Cockatoo creek, well you will probably be winching into the creek, simply due to the amount of traffic using the tracks up there now, Logans and Nolans, keep your fuel tanks full, as they can be deep and a half empty fuel tank becomes a very good bouancy tank. Don't overload your vehicle, this is a comman mistake made by a lot of people, everything you need can be purchased on the Cape and your helping out the local businesses as well. A good major service before you leave, pack the hoses and belts they replace, these will be your spares. More importantly is take your time, adjust your tyre preassures accordingly and drive to conditions, its about $8000 to get your vehicle off the Cape if you have done any serious damage. Drive safe and play fair.
Toothless, I agree with all that tony f8 says , take it easy and don't overload. It's not that remote anymore. While tony has been there 46 times I've only been once and didn't take enough time to sit back and enjoy what I was doing. Here's a little clip of mine of the Tele track if your interested.
Bramwell station is a good place to stay before the Tele track, they have off road trips of the station if your interested
 

toothless

Member
cheers for all the info guys this will help me and the mrs plan a little better for the cape our budget for the trip is about $12,000 and that includes going to dream world and movie world on the way back aswell i want to make this trip a life time to remember
 

jacnden

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cheers for all the info guys this will help me and the mrs plan a little better for the cape our budget for the trip is about $12,000 and that includes going to dream world and movie world on the way back aswell i want to make this trip a life time to remember
Cost me a week in the Whitsundays for the wife
 

toothless

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just a quick question though is $12,000 be enough we are saving for it i have been putting little amounts in every now and again but because i work and ftb and mrs goes to uni she finishes in a few weeks and we will be able to start saving at lease $250 a month after she gets a job
 

CruiserAd

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just a quick question though is $12,000 be enough we are saving for it i have been putting little amounts in every now and again but because i work and ftb and mrs goes to uni she finishes in a few weeks and we will be able to start saving at lease $250 a month after she gets a job
12 grand will just cover the cost for the kids going to the theme parks :p
 

TonyF8

Active Member
You can use $1 a kilometer as the basis and then throw in another grand for your theme parks including accommodation, add another $500 for helicopter rides up the Cape and your covered. Worth doing is the 2 island tour to Thursday and Horn Islands, and that is good day out and pretty cheap.
 

toothless

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So what sort of consumption do you get
not sure atm i havn't filled the main 90l tank up yet cause last weekend i took the lpg tank out and converted it back to petrol i know it needs a tune just need to find someone that does it
 

TonyF8

Active Member
Ok well you have got time to work that out, and once you've done that you will have a good ideaof your fuel costs, which are the big ones, ive always found that I don't seem to usea lot of fuel when up the Cape, theres plenty of good free camps on the way up, if you use Wikicamps. Your ferry fee also covers you for camping on Injunoo lands north of the Jardine, except of course the commercial operations, such as Seisia, Loyalty Beach and Punsand, there is also good camping at Umagico, free camping includes Somerset, Muttee Heads and the mouth of the Jardine and the Bends just north of Coen and also Sadd and Usher Point, but they can get blown out by the winds which are fairly strong on the east coast of the Cape, Vrilya Point is definately closed, so my advice is respect the wishes of the To's and not try to access it, and of course there is free camping at most of the creek/river crossings on the OTT, just remember to bury your poo and burn the paper and take out your rubbish.
 

toothless

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plastic bags and 2x dirty gear bag for my rubbish is what i need i don't shit on the ground lol i will be making a 20l plastic toilet with a noodle ring on it

but yes some good pointers there i also like to take the time for me and my son to do some fishing aswell im not sure if my daughter will but i reckon she might

just click on my link to my facebook page and you will see where we have been and what not
 

TonyF8

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Yeah ok did that, mate your heading in the right direction, I'm only offering a bit of advice and I still learn stuff today, as your never to old to learn aye, just dont get to caught up in jase and simon from all 4 adventure, 4wd action or even the Gall boys, learn from the originals like Malcom Douglas and Les Hiddons, they did it with out all the back up.i attached a pic of us in the late 80's up the Cape
 

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cam04

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Les hiddens had a couple of troopys for the camera guys. I ran into them at Barron falls in 1989 filming the opening scene of show with the falls in flood. Buggers wouldn’t give me a job.
That prado should average 15/16 per hundred in manual and 17’s in auto. I had the 3.4 auto hilux for a while.
 

toothless

Member
atm i put 44l in her at the begining of the week and she did just over 200km so she does need a tune i just need to find someone to do it
 

Swaggie

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just a quick question though is $12,000 be enough we are saving for it i have been putting little amounts in every now and again but because i work and ftb and mrs goes to uni she finishes in a few weeks and we will be able to start saving at lease $250 a month after she gets a job


That's what I guessed it would cost from Melbourne for around 6-8 weeks...10-12k..,.
 

Swaggie

Moderator
I never work out a budget for costs
I much rather heading off under the illusion that it is a cheap holiday of driving myself and camping :D
Deal with the reality when I get home

Hi mate
That would be nice ;), but not everyone has available credit or limited credit etc, so have to have an idea what they'll roughly need...I guess the camping side would be the cheapest once there.. Getting there and back fuel wise the dearest...
 

Albynsw

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Hi mate
That would be nice ;), but not everyone has available credit or limited credit etc, so have to have an idea what they'll roughly need...I guess the camping side would be the cheapest once there.. Getting there and back fuel wise the dearest...

Yeah I know but knowing what it costs ruins the holiday for me. Must be the Scottish blood
 

toothless

Member
hi all

just a update i just recently purchased a camp trailer for the trip and a few more goodies to go with it thanks to a promotion at work and earning a little bit more money now so i am able to save quicker
 
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