How difficult is the Old Telegraph Track?

The Old Telegraph Track has its reputation because it is challenging enough for the average adventure travellers – not for over experienced four wheel drivers. Many of the original poles are still in place and the track north follows the original route. The OTT is accessible only during the dry season.

How difficult is the Old Telegraph Track?

The Old Telegraph Track has its reputation because it is challenging enough for the average adventure travellers – not for over experienced four wheel drivers. Many of the original poles are still in place and the track north follows the original route. The OTT is accessible only during the dry season.

Are there crocs on the Old Telegraph Track?

Do the creeks along the Old telegraph track have crocodiles? YES! even some of the freshwater creeks have salt water crocodiles. There are a few known swimming holes along the OTT.

Why is it called the Old Telegraph Track?

The Old Telegraph Track follows the original telegraph line through the Peninsula, and for much of the Cape’s history was the only available route. The Overland Telegraph Line was once the only method of communication for those living on the Cape York Peninsula.

Where does the Old Telegraph Track end?

The End of the Old Telegraph Track You continue to Jardine National Park and have the opportunity to continue all the way to the mighty Jardine River, or turn left to the ferry crossing (which takes you across the river on the Jardine River Ferry).

How long does it take to do the old Tele track?

The Old Telegraph Track only takes a day or two in average. If your partner has a lot of experience in four wheel driving, only the northernmost crossings will be challenging enough for him, plus Gunshot.

Can you bypass Palm Creek?

Palm Creek is the first obstacle on the southern section of the Tele track and one of the biggest. The main route starts with a deep drop off followed by mud and a nasty climb out the other side. There is a bypass but that still requires a fair old climb out.

Are there crocodiles at Elliot falls?

Jardine River National Park The delightfully refreshing Fruit Bat and Eliot Falls are both crocodile-free and nothing beats cooling off beneath a waterfall after a long, hot, dusty drive.

Are there crocodiles in Jardine River?

Crocodiles live in the rivers, creeks, swamps, wetlands and waterholes, along the coast and offshore of Jardine River National Park, Heathlands Resources Reserve and Jardine River Resources Reserve. Crocodiles are potentially dangerous to people.

Can you swim in the Jardine River?

TWIN FALLS, JARDINE RIVER NATIONAL PARK, CAPE YORK, QLD This sublime, spring-fed swimming hole would shine anywhere in the state, but it’s a rarity in a region where most waterways are the domain of big estuarine crocodiles.

Can you take a caravan on the Telegraph Track?

If you’re wanting to take a caravan or camper trailer, it is possible as many of the roads are well looked after. If you want to take a camper trailer along the Old Telegraph Track though, it will need to be 4WD capable.

When did Cape York get a telegraph?

The telegraph line operated between 1885 and 1962 and was once the only form of communication for those who lived in Cape York Peninsula. While most of the Old Telegraph Track follows the original telegraph line, you’ll find yourself drifting and winding with the terrain as seasonal rains change it from year to year.

Where is the old telegraph track?

The Old Telegraph Track is a rough road accessible only during the dry season in Australia, located on Cape York, in tropical north Queensland.

Is the Old Telegraph Track 4WD only?

Old Telegraph Track (OTT) is a rough road accessible only during the dry season in Australia, located on Cape York, in tropical north Queensland. The road is 350km (217 miles) long. It’s definitely 4WD only. The track is generally narrow, with some sections being very rocky and eroded.

What are the obstacles on Old Telegraph Track?

The Old Telegraph Track features many famous obstacles: -Palm Creek. This crossing is one of the more difficult ones on the track, so if you manage it without too much trouble, you should be able to negotiate subsequent crossings.