river ford crossing is shallow but quite long, and very soft in the
middle. It's the soft sandy bottom of the river that gets
other danger is that in the northern end of the crossing the river
and it is silly
to go and check how deep it is
because this river is a habitat of deadly crocodiles
- I have
seen crocs here
So even if you make it through the soft middle part of
the river, you still risk to destroy your engine in the northern,
deeper part (by drowning it, so make sure your snorkel doesn't leak!).
And this is also the part where the crocs live, and where
the water is murky so you cannot see the crocs.
All I can
say, even if you really
know your own
abilities and those of your
vehicle, it is still a bit crazy to do it, and that said, some people
I run into these guys half way through the Old Telegraph
and we did the rest togehter (great people - four Victorians and two
Tasmanians - they helped me through the hardest crossings that year, I
was on my own).
two Tasmanians decided to give the Jardine a go, and luckily they had
plenty of people to pull them out just in case. A snatch strap was
attached before the first vehicle even went in, to make it easier.
In he goes...
right through the soft
and towards the deep
and he made it !!!
So the second guy
without a snatch strap behind him...
.. and gets stuck in the soft
pulling him out from the other side didn't work out..
so he was finally pulled back to the the southern bank by an OKA.
That's how easily it happens and that's how important it is that there
is someone to pull you
out in case
you get stuck.
actually quite crazy to walk in this river, even in the shallow parts.
It may seem like a safe thing that the water is clear and you can see
that there are no crocodiles approaching you, but if there was one,
and you were
10-20 metres into the water,
would not matter that you could see it - you would not make it out
because you will never outrun a crocodile in the water!
Jardine River Ferry is the
only safe way to cross the river.
it's rude how they almost double the price when it suits them - I am really looking forward to a
bridge in this crossing.
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at the Old Ford?
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Crossing Jardine River October 1988 In Sept to Nov 1988 our family and other went to Cape York. We visited lots of other places on the way, Brisbane Expo 1988, Fraser Is, Great Barrier Reef …
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