Old Coach Road is the hardest track in Cape York.
maps it may look like any gravel road, and many people do get caught
thinking this is like any Sunday afternoon drive between Maytown and
I've seen them pulling trailers, driving kids and grandmothers along what they thought was like any
other drive in the area.
The other drives are alright - just small gravel roads, but this stretch is different.
And you don't even
start working out how
the 'old coach' would have
done this track
as an extention to the old Cooktown -
Laura Railway! (the truth is - it's since deteriorated, and if we
weren't just using the old name, it would definitely be called a Track
and not a road!).
This track is as hard as any four
wheel drive track gets anywhere in Australia, and if
challenge is what you want, and if the Old
was not hard enough for you, make sure you do not miss the Old Coach
Road (it is more extreme,
and constantly so, than the pics
on this page make it look like until we
make another trip for better pics).
alright first but right
after Jowalbinna in the
northern end of the track,it gets hilly and it gets
In the first part of the Old Coach Road you are climbing up the
... along some fairly rugged ground.
Then you get up the hill and expect to descend,
... but it takes longer
than you think as the track keeps going up and down but
you are still high up on the mountain range.
There are some great views,historical sites,
... and the constant thinking of where to put your wheels along this
40+ km stretch that does take you longer than half a day, and more if
you want to enjoy it and have a good look around.
Coach Road is tricky
not recommended for people with no four wheel drive experience
(but yes - apparently with a good enough driver can
be done in a Pajero - we just tested ;-)
Full detail of this track (and all the others on the Peninsula) are in
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