Gunshot Creek Crossing


Gunshot creek crossing is the most famous creek crossing on the Old Telegraph Track.

For many people, the famous Gunshot Creek crossing is the absolute highlight of their whole Cape York trip.



While people like to hang their memorabilia in trees in many remote places on the Peninsula, nowhere else can you tell that the excitement levels have been this high up. 

 What Is So Special about the Gunshot Creek Crossing

It isn't easy to find a moment to have this creek crossing for yourself - there is always someone who is just sitting here waiting for others to come down to clap their hands and take photos.

   gunshot crossing
    Doing the Gunshot Creek crossing 2010. ©cape-york-australia.com

It really is an exciting place, and when done properly, it is indeed something that puts your adrenaline levels right up.


"Doing it properly" means going down at one of the steep drops, the most right-hand track (right-hand when you are on the top and left-hand once you're down and look back to it - the dark-mud one) is nowadays the more usual one.

   gunshot creek
    Gunshot Creek crossing 2012. ©cape-york-australia.com

UPDATE It changes too, in 2014 the dark mud drop looked like this:

   gunshot
   
Gunshot crossing 2014. ©cape-york-australia.com

The easy alternative is to do the so-called "Slingshot", which means driving left along the creek a bit, until you come to the easiest slope and do it from there.

Walk down and have a look first - don't let the steepest crossing turn you off if you know yourself and your vehicle.

    gunshot slingshot
     People going up the so called 'cheat track', aka Slingshot. ©cape-york-australia.com

Hey, I have done it (and yes, Rob did get my wheels right!)While it is really exciting to do it and can easily be the highlight of the whole trip, make sure you know yourself and your vehicle before you decide to do it! Once you start dropping you're going down and there is no way back :-)


    i did gunshot gunshot creek bank
     Me after doing Gunshot; and the bank from above. ©cape-york-australia.com

Also have someone to guide you to make sure you get your wheels right. Because when you are up there, you cannot see anything down where you are going.

    gunshot cape york
     Oka Paul getting my wheels right, in the older days. ©cape-york-australia.com

At wetter times it can also be easy to get bogged once you have come down it, so it can be a good idea to make sure you have another vehicle there to pull you out, unless you have a winch. When we were there in 2011, Dave and Justine from Toowoomba came along and did it just because we were there to pull them out. They were right - they did get bogged because it had been raining a fair bit.

    gunshot creek cape york
     Dave and Justine from Toowoomba, 2011. ©cape-york-australia.com

There is heaps of memorabilia on the northern bank of the creek, so you may want to bring an old thong or T-shirt or whatever
, if you want to hang your name up there (that's of course only exciting if you did the real Gunshot).

   gunshot crossing cape york
    Memorabilia in 2015.
 ©cape-york-australia.com

Gunshot Crossing Videos

Below are a few videos by other people...

Doing the "dark-mud" drop..


That's how simple it is if you do it right.

Doing the middle drop
:


I so much agree with the author, who says, "cameras never justify it"...

Doing the so-called Sling Shot:



And finally, a goodie:







Plan Your Trip... the FREE Cape York Travel Pocket Guide

cape york travel

Get this 50 pages guide totally for FREE. It contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip. You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you should take, how to get there and get around, where to stay (general info), what will it cost.. and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.


Bring to the Trip... the full Visit Cape York Destination Guide

visit cape york

This complete 300 pages travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks, at least 30 guaranteed FREE camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to the Cape), at least 40 best swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things - from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception, how to deal with the national parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery gear by my partner Mark who is the recovery guy on northern Cape York and the Old Telegraph Track). Not to mention locals' tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)



If you liked the books or this website, let others know about it! 

Link to it from your website, your blog, your forum post... Share it on Facebook, Tweet about it...



Every link helps other travellers!

Thank you for doing the right thing and letting others know :-)







Latest Pages

Notice Board

Ask a Question

YOUR Adventure

YOUR Cape Memories


Keep yourself updated
on the latest -
weather, roads,
free travel tips,
and get the
FREE Cape York
Pocket Guide!


Email

Name

Then


Don't worry - your email address is totally secure.
I use it only to send you the Cape York News.

western cape eco tours

cape york mechanics

cooktown river cruises and dinghy hire

west coast hotel cooktown

cape york businesses


A little off the most beaten track, but you can still get some of these into your annual leave length of a trip (you can get most if you have all the details to plan right):

You find them all in the Site Map, along with all the other pages on the site and many more great gems :-)

Old Coach Road

old coach road

Frenchmans Track

frenchmans track

CREB Track

creb track

Falls Track

falls track

Starcke Wakooka Track

starcke wakooka track

Bathurst Head

bathurst head

Running Creek Track

running creek track

Silver Plains

silver plains

Old Coen Track

old coen road

Pennefather

pennefather

Stones Crossing

stones crossing


Skardon River

skardon river

Jardine River Ford

jardine river ford

Ussher Point

ussher point

Sadd Point

sadd point

Mutee Head and Jardine Mouth


mutee head

Escape River and Newcastle Bay 

escape river

Five Beaches Track


beaches loop road

Roko Island Pearl Farm

roko island

Friday Island Pearl Farm

friday island