Well, that was a great trip, and now for the clean up and
that follows such an adventure - but as was said many times - this is
the recce for the real trip in 2011.
Things we would look at doing
- Two nights at Elim Beach (if possible, book for beachside
- Book for a day dirt bike riding with Cairns Motorcycles
prior to coming up - we were quite limited in our options because we
were only booking three weeks in advance.
- The CREB if it ever opens again
- more bush camps:
- Muttee Head, (shelters there which you can set up camp
next to - some protection from rain/sun
- Muttee Head South - two nice campsites
- Fly Point
- Somerset (down near the graves on the beach) (beautiful!!)
- take our tent poles!!
- synchronising times on cameras - when sorting 4,300 photo's
from five cameras, it would be a whole lot easier if you could sort by
date and time - and then delete/keep as required.
- synchronise cameras with GPS, so that for places that you
can't work out (ie each creek crossing on the OTL) you could compare
with your track file
Things we would definitely do
the same include:
- A rest day at Cairns, (Cairns
Coconut Caravan Resort is great
for the kids) Definitely book ahead.
- A rest day at Weipa, (book a day fishing at Weipa with Dave
Surfing at Daintree
- Elim Beach. Ask Eddy about Black Boys and spears for hunting crabs
- The Old Telegraph Track
in both directions
- Camp at:
Holiday Park (for the wharf), (book for beachside
camping (with a hut - 240V, sink, and covered area next to
the tent site)
- Punsand Bay
(book ahead if in a group, otherwise you
might struggle for
room) - no need to book "beachside" camping as it is all in bays and
pretty much equal access.
- The five beach drive taking in Fly Point and
- The walk around the head to the aboriginal art at
- Stop at all of Twin Falls,
Eliot Falls, and Fruitbat
Falls. Self Registration available if camping at Eliot
- no camping available at Fruitbat.
- A night at the Lions
- Take a full set of spare shocks
Things we would probably do the
- Lightning Ridge (do the wave pool and the artesian bore) -
a good overnight stop, and decent days drive from Canberra
- Clermont (pub for tea was great) - a good overnight stop,
and decent days drive from Lightning Ridge.
- Cape Trib:
- Noah Beach for beach camping. Prior
- Cape Trib Camping Park if you are looking for an open air
bar (covered) with
character, pool and other facilities (note, small camping areas)
- Archer River. Camp by the river, or up in the
camp ground - Archer burger is pretty good. Bar at the camp
Things we might not do next time:
- Mine tour at Weipa was so-so. Some points were
interesting, but not at the cost and time taken.
- Andy at Cape York Spares and Repairs (Bamaga) - a bushie
who knows his stuff, and talks straight. Good repair
facilities. Be prepared to wait a few days if parts are
required though - this is a problem of the remote area - Andy knows his
way through the maze they call the freight system, but it still takes
time. Go here for a Timeline
of Ivan's Diff Repair, to see how long it can take..
- Fuel is available at all major and minor facilities,
- Plastic is useable nearly everywhere, with "cash out" on
EFTPOS also readily available.
- Good shopping facilities at Bamaga, Seisia, and Weipa.
- Coen is cheaper fuel than Archer.
- Jardine Ferry is only 8-5, the campgrounds there (on the
south bank) are nice,
and the showers good.
- The couple running the Croc Tent at Lockerbie will happily
give you a map with recommendations for day trips at the Tip. The
Croc Tent is on the main Punsand Road so you will go past it if going
to either Punsand Bay or the Tip from Bamaga/Seisia/Loyalty Beach.
- Boat and Fishing Tours:
- Weipa - Dan and Josh from Dave Donald SportFishing
- Punsand Bay - Bat (Sunset Tour is lovely)
- Seisia - Dan from John Charlton SportFishing
- The turnoff to Roaring Meg Falls isn't where it is shown on
the Hema map - it is right at the north gate to the Creb Track, some
seven kilometres away from where you would be otherwise looking.