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Camper Magazine's - Race to the Cape (featuring the best of Cape York in two weeks)

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  Sun, 10 Sep 2017 - Thu, 23 Sep 2021

2452.06Km

The mission objective was simple: assemble a crew including 4WDs, campers and a caravan, and burn rubber on the way up north to the Australian camping Mecca of Cape York. Over a pint or three it was christened Race to the Cape, and the plan soon evolved into a journey of epic proportions – which is bound to happen with any idea born in a pub. The itinerary quickly became jam-packed, and the next step was to form a crack team who would be willing to belt up the Bloomfield, rev through river fords, and more importantly, drink mid-strength beer for an extended period. It was an offer hard to refuse (aside from the beer), and it didn't take long to get the right people on board. We gathered from all over the country – Melbourne, Sydney, the Blue Mountains, and the Sunshine Coast – and met at our starting point of Cairns. We stocked up on essentials (beer, snacks, and enough toilet paper to equip the MGM Grand), and enjoyed our last night in air-conditioned comfort. We set off, headed for our first stop, Cape Tribulation. Morale was high, and the countdown to the first croc and cassowary spotting had started. The next two weeks stretched out ahead of us, on a red and dusty track. Exactly what we'd encounter on our trip to 'The Tip' was unknown. One thing was for certain though – adventure was on the cards.

Day 1 – Sept 10th

• Cairns to Cape Tribulation Camping

– depart mid-morning

• Cross Daintree Ferry

- $20 per vehicle and trailer

• Approximately 150km mostly sealed roads

• Food available on the road.

Day 2 – Sept 11th

• Cape Tribulation to Elim Beach, via Bloomfield track

• Travel through Hope Vale community –

max 1x30 case of light or mid strength beer

per person OR 1x750ml wine. Spirits and full

strength beer are not permitted.

• Approximately 180km on unsealed roads

• Final chance for supplies in Cooktown

• Refuel

• Optional – arrive at camp at 1.30pm,

un-hitch the campers and head along the

beach to explore Cape Flattery sand dunes

• Breakfast available at Cape Tribulation

Day 3 – Sept 12th

• Elim Beach to Musgrave Roadhouse via

Battlecamp Road and Lakefield National Park

• 117km to old Laura

• 165km old Laura to Musgrave.

• 282km total on unsealed roads with

scattered shallow river crossings

• Old Laura Homestead is long abandoned –

supplies unavailable

• Musgrave Roadhouse has hot meals,

showers, basic supplies and fuel

Day 4 – Sept 13th

• Caravans to Weipa

• Campers to Chilli Beach via Portland Road

– Lunch at Archer River Roadhouse

• 173km unsealed roads to Archer River

• Basic supplies, food and fuel available.

Please ensure you have enough supplies for

camp cooking this evening

• 193km unsealed roads to Weipa

– bitumen close to town

• Mining town so supplies and

workshops readily available

• 143km unsealed roads to Chilli Beach

• No supplies available – camp cooking

Day 5 – Sept 14th

• Caravans to Bramwell Station via main

roads – caravan walk throughs will be filmed at

the van park in the morning

• Campers to Bramwell Station via

Frenchmans Track

• Caravans – 271km unsealed roads

• Batavia Downs Road saves approximately

100km but can be closed

• Campers – 193km via Frenchmans Track

• Lunch will be on the road, please ensure you

have enough supplies

• Hot meals and showers available at

Bramwell Station. Expect campers

to arrive after caravans.

Day 6 – Sept 15th

• Bramwell Station to Cockatoo Creek

• Caravans via Bamaga Road

• Campers via Old Telegraph Track

• Hot food and fuel available at Bramwell Junction

Caravans will travel 137km on unsealed

roads – some back tracking to reach Cockatoo

Creek down Old Telegraph Track

• Will need to cross Sailor Creek – a timber

bridge is available to cross but will require

caution and may be in disrepair. At worst, turn

around and camp back at junction between OTT

and Bamaga Road. Re-convene in morning.

• Campers – 51km on Old Telegraph Track,

with eight creek crossings to take on. Winching

will be required and going will be slow.

• No fuel/food/phone reception after Bramwell Junction

Day 7 – Sept 16th

• Head to Fruitbat Falls and Elliot Falls

• Caravans to leave vans and go in with 4WD

• Campers to continue through Old Telegraph Track – meet at Jardine River Crossing

• Caravans to return to van then head up Bamaga Road – meet at Jardine River Crossing

• Camp at Mutee Head

• Caravans – 137km unsealed roads, with one long, deep river crossing on OTT to access

Fruit Bat Falls. Caravans are routinely left at Junction

• Campers – 139km if we proceed through to Nolan’s Brook. This will be a full day, expect

late arrival into camp.

• 119km if we cut short and leave

OTT after Sam Creek

• Jardine River runs 9am – 5pm but is a very

relaxed schedule so earlier arrival is preferred

• Fees will be $129 per vehicle

Day 8 – Sept 17th

• Mutee Head to Punsand bay or Loyalty Beach

• Half day to re-stock

• Half day for filming

• 32km to Bamaga – fuel and food available.

• 10km Bamaga to Loyalty Beach

• 50km Bamaga to Punsand Bay

• Hot food available for all meals

• Fuel available in Bamaga and Seisia

Day 9 – Sept 18th

• Filming day

• Food available at Punsand Bay and Loyalty

Beach for all meals

Day 10 – Sept 19th

• Trip to the tip

• Explore the region

• 5 beaches run

• WW2 plane wrecks

• Somerset ruins

• Approximately 150km round trip

• No food or fuel available

Day 11 – Sept 20th

• Day trip to Torres Strait Islands

• Green Hill Fort

• Anti-aircraft emplacements on Horn Island

• Most northern pub in Australia

• Food available on all islands

Day 12 – Sept 21st

• Depart Punsand bay/Loyalty Beach

• Travel to Bramwell Station – approx.

240km with a ferry crossing OR

• Travel to Musgrave roadhouse – big day, approx. 580km

• Fuel and food available at:

• Bramwell Junction

• Bramwell Station

• Archer River Roadhouse

• Coen township

• Musgrave Roadhouse

Day 13 – Sept 22nd

• Bramwell to Hann River Roadhouse –

400km unsealed roads

• Musgrave to Cairns – 450km mostly

unsealed roads

• Food and fuel available at:

• Archer River Roadhouse

• Coen

• Musgrave Roadhouse

• Hann River Roadhouse

• Laura

• Lakeland

• Palmer River Roadhouse

Day 14 – Sept 23rd

• Hann River to Cairns – 400km

• Fuel and food available at:

• Laura

• Lakeland

• Palmer River Roadhouse

Step by step
NRMA Cairns Holiday Park
Distance to next destination: 138.01 Km Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2017    Days: 1 Days
Drive southwest.
Turn right onto Little Street.
Turn right onto Greenslopes Street.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto Arthur Street.
Turn left onto 1/Sheridan Street. Continue on 1.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto 1/Captain Cook Highway.
Enter the roundabout and take the 1st exit onto 1/Captain Cook Highway.
Enter the roundabout and take the 1st exit onto 1/Captain Cook Highway.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto 44/Captain Cook Highway.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto 44/Captain Cook Highway.
Enter the roundabout and take the 1st exit onto 44/Captain Cook Highway.
Enter the roundabout and take the 1st exit onto 44/Captain Cook Highway.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto 44/Captain Cook Highway.
Enter the roundabout and take the 1st exit onto Captain Cook Highway/44.
Bear right onto Cedars Street.
Bear right onto Mossman Daintree Road.
Turn right onto Cape Tribulation Road.
Turn left to stay on Cape Tribulation Road.
Take the Daintree River Ferry.
Drive northeast on Cape Tribulation Road.
Your destination is on the right.
Cape Tribulation Camping
Distance to next destination: 174.58 Km Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2017    Days: 1 Days
Drive north on Cape Tribulation Road.
Turn left onto Rykers Road.
Turn right onto Bloomfield Track.
Bear left onto Douglas Street.
Turn left onto Helenvale Bloomfield Road.
Bear right onto Shiptons Flat Road.
Turn right onto Mulligan Highway/40.
Bear left onto Racecourse Road.
Turn left onto Endeavour Valley Road.
Bear right onto Cooktown McIvor River Road.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto Muni Street.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto Reuther Street.
Turn right onto Flierl Street.
Enter the roundabout and take the 1st exit onto Elim Road.
Your destination is on the right.
Elim Beach Campground
Distance to next destination: 81.91 Km Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2021    Days: 1 Days
Drive northwest on Elim Road.
Make a right U-turn to stay on Elim Road.
Enter the roundabout and take the 3rd exit onto Flierl Street.
Turn left onto Reuther Street.
Enter the roundabout and take the 3rd exit onto Muni Street.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto Theile McIvor Road.
Turn right onto Endeavour BattleCamp Road.
Bear left to stay on Endeavour BattleCamp Road.
Your destination is on the left.
Battlecamp Road
Distance to next destination: 53.54 Km
Drive west on Endeavour BattleCamp Road.
Turn left to stay on Endeavour BattleCamp Road.
Turn right onto Lakefield Road.
Turn left.
Your destination is on the left.
New Laura
Distance to next destination: 92.92 Km
Drive west.
Make a right U-turn.
Turn left onto Lakefield Road.
Bear left to stay on Lakefield Road.
Your destination is on the right.
Saltwater Crossing Camping - Rinyirru (Lakefield) NP
Distance to next destination: 50.34 Km
Drive southwest on Lakefield Road.
Bear right.
Your destination is on the right.
Musgrave Roadhouse
Distance to next destination: 174.35 Km Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2021    Days: 1 Days
Drive southwest.
Turn left onto Peninsula Developmental Road/81.
Your destination is on the left.
Archer River Roadhouse
Distance to next destination: 161.36 Km Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2021    Days: 0 Days
Drive northwest on Peninsula Developmental Road/81.
Turn right onto Portland Road.
Keep left to stay on Portland Road.
Bear right onto Chili Beach Road.
Turn right.
You have arrived at your destination.
Chilli Beach Camp - Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) NP
Distance to next destination: 57.06 Km Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2021    Days: 1 Days
Drive southeast.
Make a right U-turn.
Turn left onto Chili Beach Road.
Bear left onto Portland Road.
Keep right to stay on Portland Road.
You have arrived at your destination.
Frenchmans Track
Distance to next destination: 1.31 Km
Drive west on Portland Road.
You have arrived at your destination.
Frenchmans Track
Distance to next destination: 126.95 Km
Drive southwest on Portland Road.
Turn right onto Peninsula Developmental Road/81.
Turn right onto Bamaga Road.
You have arrived at your destination.
Frenchmans Track
Distance to next destination: 68.7 Km
Drive north on Bamaga Road.
Turn right onto Bramwell.
Your destination is on the left.
Bramwell Station Tourist Park & Licenced Bar
Distance to next destination: 65.87 Km Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2021    Days: 1 Days
Drive northeast on Bramwell.
Turn left onto Bamaga Road (Southern Bypass Road).
Make a sharp right onto Old Telegraph Track.
Bear right to stay on Old Telegraph Track.
Your destination is on the right.
Gunshot Creek Camping Area
Distance to next destination: 9.62 Km
Drive north on Old Telegraph Track.
Your destination is on the right.
Cockatoo Creek Camping Area
Distance to next destination: 12.6 Km Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021    Days: 1 Days
Drive northeast on Old Telegraph Track.
Your destination is on the left.
Sheldon's Lagoon
Distance to next destination: 17.59 Km
Drive north on Old Telegraph Track.
Turn right to stay on Old Telegraph Track.
Turn left onto Bamaga Road (Old Telegraph Line).
Your destination is on the right.
Canal Creek Crossing Camping Area
Distance to next destination: 70.79 Km
Drive north on Old Telegraph Track.
Bear right onto Bamaga Road.
Turn right to stay on Bamaga Road.
Bear left onto Injinoo Back Road.
Turn left.
Your destination is on the left.
Mutee Head - Cape York
Distance to next destination: 42.14 Km Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021    Days: 1 Days
Drive northeast.
Turn left onto Injinoo Back Road.
Turn right onto Injinoo Road.
Turn left onto Adidi Street.
Bear left onto Seisia Road.
Turn right onto Loyalty Beach.
Turn left.
Your destination is on the right.
Loyalty Beach Campground and Fishing Lodge
Distance to next destination: 23.16 Km Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021    Days: 3 Days
Drive northwest.
Turn left onto Loyalty Beach.
Bear right to stay on Loyalty Beach.
Turn left onto Pajinka Road.
Turn left onto Bottom Crossing Road.
Bear left.
Your destination is on the right.
Cape York Camping Punsand Bay
Distance to next destination: 241.86 Km Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2021    Days: 1 Days
Drive northwest.
Make a right U-turn.
Bear right onto Bottom Crossing Road.
Turn right onto Pajinka Road.
Turn right onto Lui Street.
Turn left onto Adidi Street.
Turn right onto Injinoo Road.
Turn left onto Injinoo Back Road.
Bear right onto Bamaga Road.
Bear right onto Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass Road).
Take the Jardine River Ferry.
Drive west on Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass Road).
Turn left to stay on Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass Road).
Keep right to stay on Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass Road).
Keep right to stay on Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass Road).
Keep left to stay on Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass Road).
Keep left to take Bamaga Road.
Bear left onto Bamaga Road (Southern Bypass Road).
Bear left onto Bramwell.
Your destination is on the right.
Bramwell Station Tourist Park & Licenced Bar
Distance to next destination: 339.69 Km Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2021    Days: 1 Days
Drive southwest on Bramwell.
Turn left onto Bamaga Road.
Turn left onto Peninsula Developmental Road/81.
Turn right.
Your destination is on the right.
Musgrave Roadhouse
Distance to next destination: 447.71 Km Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2021    Days: 1 Days
Drive southwest.
Turn right onto Peninsula Developmental Road/81.
Keep right to stay on 81.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto Byrnes Street/81.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto Byrnes Street/81.
Keep right to take Byrnes Street/81.
Keep left to take Mareeba Connection Road.
Enter the roundabout and take the 3rd exit onto 1/Captain Cook Highway.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto 1/Captain Cook Highway.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto 1/Captain Cook Highway.
Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto 1/Captain Cook Highway.
Turn right onto James Street.
Turn left onto Little Street.
Turn left.
Your destination is on the left.
NRMA Cairns Holiday Park
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017    Days: 1 Days