Cape York’s Old Telegraph Track is one of those legendary, must-do 4WD tracks and was top of our bucket list for our Australian lap. Between 1885 and 1962 this was the route of the telegraph line and the only means of communication for those living on the remote cape peninsula. It has basically never been maintained since the line was dismantled and as such is an awesome, challenging 4WD adventure through some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery.
This story is best told through pictures:
The first challenge, Palm Creek, is right at the start of the track. There was very little water in the creek but the steep ascents and descents were a good challenge.
Palm Creek in reverse. We had so much fun going up the Tele track that we decided to go back down it on the way south. Some welly was required to get us back up Palm Creek
Beautiful river crossings are all along the Tele Track. Some less daunting than others.
Bit deeper than we thought!
This one wasn’t even marked on the map
Gunshot creek is legendary along this track. Crazy people take this route down where if you’re lucky you’ll land on your bull bar and drive out. If you’re unlucky you’ll end up in all sorts of heartache.
Gunshot. The route for mental people.
Many ways into Gunshot Creek
The Gunshot route we took.
Gunshot memorabilia. The bits of cars people have lost over the years…and some underpants
Crocs…we didn’t see any.
Big termite mound and a telegraph pole
Fruitbat falls. Absolutely stunning AND you can swim here.
Eliot Falls….so nice
Nice place for a wee swim
The descent into Cannibal Creek. A strange sensation that you are nosediving off a cliff.
Sam’s Creek. Stunning place.
Nolan’s Brook was giving me nightmares before we even started this trip. This year 50 cars were drowned on this creek crossing and YouTube is full of disaster videos from here. It is deep. But with low tyre pressures and steady driving it was actually rather easy in the end.
Always good to have a crazy Dutchman along for the ride when attempting scary Nolan’s Brook.
Happy camping at Canal Creek with our Tele Track buddies. One of the best things about this track is the people you meet and help out along the way.
The view at Canal Creek. Not bad at all.
The wet season tears through the creeks eroding the banks
The rustic old log bridge at Cypress Creek. I’ve seen video footage of a caravan being towed through here with inches to spare on either side of the bridge.
The Jardine Ferry takes you across the last river on the track.
A magic sunset at the end of a magic track