Track is one of the most famous 4WD tracks in Cape York.
Properly called Frenchman's
Road, it is one of them "roads",
should be called a track
- not only because it's narrow as a track, but also because it does
have its challenges.
And it surprises one
then when a lot of the time this track is actually
not too challenging - except its two
river crossings, and one of them is likely your deepest
one on the peninsula.
The start of the Frenchmans
some patches of bog holes
until you get to Wenlock
The western river bank
(UPDATE 2014 - less than I have previously said, since each Wet season
washes them out and new ones are created every couple of years, the
steep one I've been talking about is behind the girl in the photo
below, and is now only a washout. The new track is on the left as you
... but once
down, the river crossing itself is easy if you are doing it well enough
into the Dry season.
Continuing east the Frenchmans
Track has a
... a few
well as level but sometimes even a little corrugated
some more uneven parts..
The main excitement of the
Frenchmans Track is Pascoe
River, which often is one of the deepest river
on the peninsula (how deep really depends on recent, local rains).
get to Pascoe, it is
a steep track down along the western
itself is reasonably
and that in the combination with quite a strong current makes
this crossing challenging.
And that said how challenging is the Pascoe
depends on a lot of things including the
time of the year and recent weather.
The eastern bank
is not as steep as the western one, but is still a fair climb up.
The rest of the road is
cruisy with no big dramas...
.. and some great views over some
other rivers, Pascoe has
of course different crossings on the peninsula.
Not quite as many as some other rivers do, since Pascoe is one of the shorter ones.
Unlike Wenlock, Archer and some other rivers it does not cross the peninsula,
(near Mount Tozer south of Lockhart River) and ending (in Weymouth
Bay north of Portland Roads and Iron Range National Park) on the eastern side. Its most used crossings
are those on Frenchmans Track, and the so called Pascoe Track south of
And the most serious of
the two is the one of the Frenschmans Track.
Sometimes this Pascoe River crossing is not hugely deep, other
times it is.
Being a river it also has a fair
and consequently, according
to a lot of people,
including experienced four wheel drivers, I often hear that it is the
most serious crossing
they encountered on their Cape York trip.
is on every traveller's
videos, who have done the Frenchmans Track.
Its entry and exitare rocky and slow,
... and the crossing itself
is everyone's favourite!
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