Roads are an alternative to the Old Telegraph Track.
If you want
to take it easy
and don't like to drive your vehicle
through creek crossings along a rough track that takes you
ages, this is an easier and quicker
These roads are longer
Telegraph Track, but they are in so much
better condition that you save time.
That said, I would never recommend anyone to miss out the Old Telegraph
Track, which is by far the best part of
way to do it is to drive the Old Telegraph Track one way, and Bypass
Roads the other - although they can be annoyingly
corrugated, and boring compared to the Old Telegraph Track, there are a few things and
tracks worth discovering.
Southern Bypass Road
starts in Bramwell
It is longer than the northern half, but it is a bit better - some
parts are even sealed towards both ends of
turnoff to Shelburne,
and further north
the turnoff to Captain
Billy Landing - a nice but often windy coastal camping spot
eastern coast of Cape York.
middle of the southern and the northern half,
they join the Old Telegraph Track, or, rather - the Old Telegrph Track
joins them - there is no adventurous four wheel drive track for a
little while. Then
there is a sign to Cape
York's most famous waterfalls.
First you come to Fruit
Bat Falls, which is a day use area with a picnic table and
a small parking lot.
A few kilometres further north are Eliot
and Twin Falls.
Here, you can camp over night. It is a very nice place to camp and gets
crowded during the high season.
All the three waterfalls are great for a cool dip, and a good break from
the dusty roads.
Northern Bypass Road
Bypass Road starts north of the waterfalls, and goes
another 62km north to Jardine
It passes by the
turnoff to Vrilya
the western coast of Cape York.
The northern end of the
south of Jardine River.
Later, after the Jardine River, you will pass by another turnoff -
Point on the
eastern coast of Cape
Fruit Bat Falls
Falls is one of Cape York's best swimming holes.
It is a beautiful spot,
water, and a great place to cool
down. The only
downside is that
during the high
season it can get more
crowded than some other, less known swimming
You can swim in the pool
under the falls,
... or you can find a swimming hole on top of the
falls as well.
heard well travelled people saying that it is the best swimming hole they have
the whole Australia.
Eliot and Twin
Falls are some of the best swimming holes in Cape York.
Fruit Bat Falls,
another great swimming hole, they make a great break from dusty roads -
it's a cool dip you will
remember! They are
Head Falls, which are nice too, but not as nice for
Eliot and Twin Fallsare a short walking distance
from each other.
Both are easily reached from the main road, near the junction of
Telegraph Track, and Northern and Southern Bypass Road.
Billy Landing is a nice coastal spot.
It is on
the eastern coast of
reached from the southern part of Bypass
The road in goes through some tropical
... and then a heathland
... as the road gets a little hilly.
It is a nice spot,
... with a nice
... and a white
it's often windy,
other places on the
eastern coast of Cape York.
Point is on the western coast of northern Cape York.
It is a
beautiful coastal spot and a lookout
point on the western coast of Cape York - you are in the Gulf
It is reached from the northern one of the two Bypass Roads that bypass
is not so often visited by the average Cape York traveller, but it's
not that far in from the Bypass Road.
Not long after turning in you come to a great swimming hole
- the Crystal Creek. It's
beautiful with clear,
clean emerald green
water and it's a great
spot to stop for a cool swim, and there are also camping spots both on
the eastern and western side of it.
itself is quite
broken so take care when crossing it and get your wheels right.
This is currently where the road into Vrilya Point is closed.
Next you travel through some open
woodland with some forest palms and grass
... until you come to a lonely old grave and a road junction where
you can either
turn north or south. Turning north
takes you to a casuarina beach, and there
is a beach drive even further north to an old shipwreck.
takes you to
another casuarina beach, and past the lookout point that
northern beach from the top of some red cliffs.
is a great place, the only thing can be sandflies
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