Telegraph Road


Telegraph Road and the Old Telegraph Track are two different things.

The first is the whole stretch of road that starts where the Peninsula Developmental Road turns west to Weipa, and ends in the Tip of Cape York.


Most of it is a good road, unsealed and corrugated but NOT rough as is the famous Old Telegraph Track.


The Old Telegraph Track is only one part of it.

telegraph road

Telegraph Road
It starts at the intersection where the main road turns left to Weipa, and continues north towards the Tip of Cape York. 

It passes by Batavia Downs, crosses the Wenclock River bridge, passes by Moreton Telegraph Station and Bramwell Station, and comes to Bramwell Junction.


old telegraph track

The Old Telegraph Track
After Bramwell Junction, the famous Old Telegraph Track starts. 

It is only 110km long but will take you one full day or two shorter days to do. There are many creek crossings where you have to drive through water. If you don't want to do that, you can take Bypass Roads.


old telegraph line

The Old Telegraph Line
The Telegraph Track got its name from the Old Telegraph Line - both were built together. 
You can still see the poles along the track. 
Bypass Roads were not built for travellers - they were first built for Telstra workers to get through when newer kind of communication means moved in.

Moreton Telegraph Station

Moreton Telegraph Station is a historical place to stay.

It is on the Telegraph Road, just north of Wenlock River bridge.

It was established in the late 1880s as a place to stay for the builders of the Old Telegraph Line.

moreton telegraph station

There is a large camping ground as well as safari tents.

moreton telegraph station camping

In the back there is a short walking track through the bush.

moreton telegraph station walk

Wildlife seen in the area include palm cockatoos and the rare cuscus.

moreton telegraph station dunny

There are also a few historical monuments and an old lonely grave.

moreton telegraph station grave

It's a nice spot to camp and have a look around.

old telegraph line

Bramwell Junction

Bramwell Junction is in northern Cape York.

It is in the northern end of Telegraph Road and southern end of Bypass roads and the Old Telegraph Track - this is where the OTT starts.

To enter the Old Telegraph Track, turn left just before the roadhouse, at the entrance to the camping ground.

bramwell junction

If you choose not to do the Old Tellie Track and want to drive along Bypass Roads, continue past the roadhouse, that's where the southern Bypass Road starts.

bramwell junction

There is a roadhouse where you can have a meal, top up your fuel tank and buy postcards and some souvenirs.

bramwell junction roadhouse

a nice camping ground with amenities,

bramwell junction camping ground

... and some massive termite mounds.
 
bramwell junction termite mounds

The mounds are some of the largest in Cape York - good place to take a few photos.






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