Cape York is a must do for most 4WDers and travelling to the tip of Australia should be something on every bucket list.
For Queensland residents, the Cape opened back up at midday on Friday. So, to them, enjoy and explore! For the rest of us, it’s a good time to plan and prepare for when the borders reopen.
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Whether you are heading to the cape now, or planning a trip for later, preparation is the key to making your trip the best it can.
There are a few tracks you can tackle around far North Queensland. Map are essential, as cell service is almost non-existent and may help you stay on track.
Five key tracks at Cape York include:
Old Telegraph Track
Length: 70km south and 82km north
Cape Melville Track
Length: Part One: 233km Part Two 376km
Always check track access before you leave. Some tracks are open seasonally or closed due to weather.
Although there are fuel stations and roadhouses on your travels, it’s always good to hold some extra fuel, water and snacks along the journey. Your fuel usage can change from day to day, with the longest distance between fuel pumps being 140km. Don’t expect the cheapest fuel, remember you are heading into a remote location.
If you like a drink (I mean who doesn’t) be aware of the restrictions for BYO alcohol in Cape York. Some areas of the Cape have booze bans and will issue fines. Do your research and hit up the pubs along the way.
Preparing your vehicle can make or break a trip to the tip. We have listed some key products you will need to make it to the cape and back:
Between the extra load in your vehicle and the rugged terrain a good suspension upgrade will take the pressure off your vehicle.
Cape York is known for some of the deepest and most extreme river crossings. A snorkel will make sure your engine receives the air you need to get through.
As with many outback locations in Australia, the risk of hitting wild animals like kangaroos and feral pigs is high. A bull bar will protect the front end and keep you on your way.
If travelling alone then this is a must, but in general a winch is a must-have item to get you out of trouble and up those steep hills.
Trust us, you will need a good snatch strap and tree protector when travelling to the tip.
Between inflating and deflating tyres for the varied terrain and the potential of a puncture, making sure you have the right gear for your tyres is crucial. We suggest a compressor, deflator and tyre repair kit.
As towing can sometimes be a challenge with the terrain, we recommend a rooftop tent to keep you comfortable during the night. And if you are towing, throw in some extra bearings because you will need them.
You need to be fully self sufficient when heading to the Cape. Running a dual battery system will help to power your extra accessories.
You can find some more great information in the following links:
Tropical North Queensland Website - https://www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au/where-to-go/cape-york/
Hema Maps Guide to Cape York - https://www.hemamaps.com/cape-york
Queensland Tourims Guide to Self-Driving the Cape - https://www.queensland.com/au/en/plan-your-holiday/road-trips/self-driving-to-cape-york.html
The Chart and Map Shops Top 5 tracks - https://www.chartandmapshop.com.au/blog/5-of-the-best-cape-york-4wd-tracks/
Cape York Barge - https://capeyorkbarges.com.au/