Skip's 4x4
Skip's 4x4
Cape York Trip (or other parts of Queensland?)

Well, here we are, years after the proposed trip date. Years have gone by, and still no Cape York trip. I am beginning to wonder whether this trip will ever happen. With the price of fuel rising, and with my kids well into their teen years, perhaps this trip is logistically impossible. In the original chart below, fuel was estimated at an average of $1.30 a litre over the whole trip, but with fuel here in the city well over that now, you can just imaging what the fuel prices will be out in the bush!

However, I have managed to persuade my family that a trip to Queensland is worth doing, but not going to the northern tip (Cape York), but instead doing Fraser Island, the theme parks, and heading South, for the return trip, taking in some great scenery around Canberra, Kosciuszko, Great Ocean Rd, and returning via the Nullarbor. This trip may well be our last big long distance trip with the family, and so, 3 of us from the GoBush 4wd club have decided to go for it. You can read all about our trip plans on the Queensland trip planning page at our club. We want to keep the number of vehicles down to 3, and so this is a private trip.

Continue reading this page is you want to see our original Cape York trip's planning details, which are perhaps a touch out of date now...

Click here for the BIG picture!Trip Leader: Skip
Proposed start date: TBA. July 2004

Duration: 6 weeks
Distance: 13000k approx.
Rough plan:  Go for a long drive!
(Under construction)
Perth, Kalgoorlie, Great Central road to Ayers rock, Alice Springs, Plenty Hwy to Mt Isa, Cairns, Cooktown, Cape York, Back around top end taking in Darwin, Bungle Bungles, Gibb River road and Mitchell falls, Derby, Karratha, Exmouth, Carnarvon, Perth

Trip To Cape York...

Waypoint

Distance from
last waypoint (K)

Progressive Distance
from Perth (K)
Perth 0 0
Kalgoorlie 600 600
Menzies 132 732
Leonora 63 795
Laverton 105 900
Warburton 570 1470
Ayers Rock 518 1988
Kings Canyon 298 2286
Alice Springs ~320 2606
Gemtree ~140 2746
Tobermorey 427 3173
Mt Isa ~250 3423
Cloncurry 117 3540
Hughenden 290 3830
Oasis Roadhouse ~270 4100
Ravenshoe 201 4301
Cairns 110 4411
Cooktown ~210 4621
Cape York 709 5330

Trip FROM Cape York back to Perth...

Waypoint Distance from
last waypoint (K)
Progressive Distance
from Cape York (K)

Cape York

0

0

Archer river roadhouse

324

324

Road junction

304

628

Cairns

143

771

Ravenshoe

83

854

Road junction

110

964

George town

147

1111

Croydon

148

1259

Normanton

152

1411

Burk & Wills road house

180

1591

Cloncurry

192

1783

Mt ISA

117

1900

Camooweal

187

2087

Barkly road house

262

2349

3 ways roadhouse

187

2536

Elliott

228

2764

Daly waters

104

2868

Mataranka

167

3035

Katherine

107

3142

Pine Creek

90

3232

Adelaide river

195

3427

Darwin

44

3471

Jabiru

209

3680

Pine creek

207

3887

Katherine

90

3977

Willeroo

120

4097

Timber creek

161

4258

Kununurra

230

4488

Wyndham

100

4588

Road junction

56

4644

Derby (Gibb river road)

694

5338

Road junction

60

5398

Broome

140

5538

Road junction

25

5563

Sandfire road house

319

5882

Port Hedland

291

6173

Karratha

201

6374

Nanutarra Roadhouse

295

6669

Exmouth via shortcut

300

6969

Coral bay

141

7110

Minilya road house

85

7195

Carnarvon

141

7336

Overlander road house

201

7537

Monkey Mia

154

7691

Overlander road house

154

7845

Geraldton

280

8125

Perth

416

8541

Total Estimated trip distance: 5330 + 8541 = 13871k

Fuel Cost Estimates...

The following figures are assuming an average price of $1.20 per litre for Diesel and ULP. It is likely to be less than this over the whole trip. It is also assuming that GAS is about half that price, and is available most of the way. I have included my estimate for fuel economy of 3 vehicles, when loaded and over a mixture of highway and gravel road driving:

Miles per Gallon
Estimated vehicle economy
when fully loaded on/off rd.

K's
per
Gal

K's
per
Litre

Total
Litres
required

$Cost at
$1.30/Litre
(Diesel/ULP)

$Cost at
80c/litre
(Gas)

10

16.00

3.52

3935.90

5116

3147

GQ Patrol petrol 12

19.20

4.23

3279.91

4262

2622

Landcruiser petrol 14

22.40

4.93

2811.35

3654

2247

16

25.60

5.64

2459.94

3196

1966

Landcruiser diesel 18

28.80

6.34

2186.61

2841

1747

20

32.00

7.05

1967.95

2557

1573

22

35.20

7.75

1789.04

2324

1430

Hilux / Rodeo Diesel 24

38.40

8.46

1639.96

2130

1310

Required: Must be fully self sufficient. All camping gear, large quantity of water and non-perishable food, first aide kit, spare tyres and parts, etc. UHF CB Radio is a must (we use channel 14). Vehicle must be capable of more than 1000k between fuel stops. More details soon.

Recovery & safety gear: We already have HF radio, GPS, EPIRB, Turfa winch, Short Wave receiver, ropes, snatch straps, air jack etc, but we still encourage everyone to bring whatever tools and recovery gear they have. More details soon.

Possible Starters: Scrounger (Landcruiser GXL on gas) with Robbo as co-driver,
                Skip (Diesel Hilux dual-cab) with Turbo as co-driver (to be confirmed).
NOTE: This is a closed trip. Entry by invite only!

Contact Alan (me) for more details ... Email me.

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