creeks and rivers is the best fun on a Cape York trip.
there are surely some harder four wheel drive tracks elsewhere in
Australia, the northern parts of the country, and particularly Cape York, definitely have more
of the wet
crossings than does southern Australia.
part of the reason why
Cape York is the most popular four wheel drive destination in
Australia, and it makes
great photos and videos, so
don't forget to bring both cameras!
There are plenty of
creeks and rivers
to cross, but the ones along the main roads are mostly dry
the Dry Season.
the early Dry Season it is a lot wetter, but in the middle of the Dry
when most people travel up here, the wet crossings still include
Bertie Creek, Cholmondeley Creek, Gunshot
Creek, Canal Creek,
Sam Creek, Mistake Creek, Cannibal Creek, Logans
Creek, and finally the infamous Nolan's Brook that claims
the highest numbers of vehicles.
It is a shortcut from Telegraph
to the main road to Lockhart
(as well as Portlands Roads
and Iron Range
Both can be adventurous
rainy weather, but Frenchmans is whether it's been rainy or not.
It crosses two rivers -
Pascoe. Wenlock is easy, even though it does have a steep
is one of the
on the whole peninsula.
It has steep banks, and also after having crossed so many creeks, you sure
notice that this
one is a river
- it's deeper, and has
Crossing rivers -
Pascoe on Frenchmans.
(That said, describing crossings can be just as misleading as
describing roads because it really depends a lot on recent weather).
Creeks on the Road to Lockhart River
road into Lockhart River
is a larger road and generally not a problem, but it can have its surprises.
While it also crosses Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers, on this road both
river crossings are easy.
However, north of the
are a few fords,
seemingly small and easy until you have a heavy rain.
Crossing creeks -
stuck at the
happened to me once, and I was stuck in the middle of two fords and had
to wait almost 12 hours for the water levels to go down enough to get
through. So those
'small' fords are
not to underestimate :-)
Creeks on Bloomfield Track and CREB Track
area with some
good crossings is between Daintree and Cooktown.
The coastal one is the "infamous" Bloomfield
Road (which really is a reasonable gravel road and not a challenging
west of it is CREB
which indeed is a narrow, at times steep four
wheel drive track.
Daintree River on CREB
It starts in Daintree
ends near Bloomfield Falls in Wujal
First you cross Daintree
and further north there are a
All are easy in the good weather, but this track is particularly
sensitive for rain - which is why it so often gets closed after
crossings on Bloomfield
Road on the other hand is broader, it is a
road and while it is true
that it is steep
in parts, we have even pulled a caravan through. We did use 4WD to
maintain traction on
the steep slopes but only because of the weight of the van. There are a
few small creek crossings,
in the middle and towards the end of the Dry Season these are very
shallow - you hardly get your wheels wet.
is the Bloomfield River
to cross in the northern end of it - in Wujal
Wujal. It has a causeway
- on some of my trips it has been dry, ...
Crossing the Bloomfield
on others there has been water
crossing under the water.
Since August 2014, Bloomfield River now has a bridge so no more fun
The old causeway can still be seen on the left hand side.
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