Cape York is truly one of Australia’s last frontiers and we’re extremely fortunate so much of it is accessible by motorcycle.
Following the Old Telegraph Track we weave our way across numerous creek and river crossings, (avoiding crocs). We spend a few nights camping at cattle stations and most nights around the campfire. Ride your dirt bike down the forgotten Starke Track and tackle the Frenchmans Track. This is an action packed trip with something new around every corner. Nothing beats a cold beer at the Lions Den pub after you tackle the CREB track. An absolutely unforgettable ride.
It’s definitely a region of diverse attractions, encompassing tropical rainforests, heath lands, beaches and wild rivers. Airfares are included from Cairns to/from Bamaga.
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Day 1. Cairns to Lions Den Hotel – 227km
We pick you up from your hotel at 8am and after stowing all your gear in the Support Vehicle its time to get acquainted with your bike. After a rider and safety briefing we point our bikes North and head out of Cairns on the Bruce Highway. Fifteen minutes later we turn left and head for Kuranda. The first half hour is spent on steep and twisty black top so you get a chance to get familiar with your bike.
From Kuranda we hit the dirt on Black Mountain Road. After an hour of weaving our way through tropical jungle, tight trails and open savannah we head back down the mountain and have lunch by the Mossman River.
After lunch it’s a lazy ride along the coast to Daintree where we cross the Daintree River and hit the CREB Track for an unforgettable ride to Wujal Wujal. Here we join the Bloomfield Track for the final blast to the Lions Den Hotel, our overnight stop for day 1. Cold beer and hot showers are very welcomed by everyone.
Day 2. Lions Den Hotel to Kalpowar Crossing – 297km
Today is one of our biggest days on the tour. After our usual big breakfast we head off quite early for a refuel in Cooktown then continue to our morning tea stop at Isabella Falls. The truck leaves us after morning tea and we head north to the infamous Starke Track. This track is rarely used and quite a challenge for the first few hours with heaps of creek crossings, sandy sections, bulldust and some high speed sweeping sections.
The track widens as we get to the Cape Melville turn-off and we have a well-earned easy final hour ride to Kalpowar Crossing, where we cross the croc-infested Normanby River and once again meet up with our support truck at our camp on the western bank of the river. Our support truck driver will have the fire going and the roast cooking while you can have a bash at catching a Barra. With the esky never far away it makes for a magic night on the Cape.
Day 3. Kalpowar Crossing to Archer River – 310km
After 2 big days of snotty trails and some challenging creek crossings, day 3 is a bit more relaxing. It’s our biggest day distance wise but the going is good all day. We cross the Hann River the Morehead River and the Bifold Plains before leaving the Lakefield National Park and arriving at Musgrave Telegraph Station. We refuel here then head north once again. We are now travelling on the Southern section of the Peninsular Development Road, an hour or so later we get to Coen and a welcome stop at the Exchange Hotel.
After lunch we have an good ride to our overnight stop at Archer River. There’s a great spot to swim a good fishing hole and the pub has ice-cold beer. Hot showers and a hot dinner finish off a great days riding.
Day 4. Archer River to Bramwell Station – 222km
By the end of the day you’ll be glad that day 3 was easy as today we head east towards Lockhart River then tackle Frenchman’s Track. The first part of the day is great riding on fast flowing roads and we cross the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers before we get to Frenchman’s Track where we head west and the track narrows to 2 small wheel tracks.
This track has it all sand, rocks, mud, river crossings, hill climbs and fast sections. After a couple of hours the track spits us out on the main road. We then cross the Wenlock River again, over a bridge this time where we once again head north to our overnight stop at Bramwell Station.
Day 5. Bramwell Station to Loyalty Beach – 225km
If you thought the last 4 days were unbelievable then hang on to your handlebars for today we hit the Overland Telegraph Track. Leaving Bramwell early we head back onto the Development road for a 5-minute squirt to Bramwell Junction where we top up our tanks then hit the track.
After a quick blast through some small creeks and winding trail we get to Palm Creek. A steep decent and mud greet us then an easy creek crossing and a steep rutted assent on the northern bank. Palm Creek sets the pace for the rest of the day. The southern section of the track has countless creek crossings and some fast flowing trails. There is always more than a few laughs on this section. We get to the infamous Gunshot Creek mid morning for morning tea a little further up the track.
After a well-earned break we tackle the rest of the creek crossings and blast north on some sandy tracks to our lunch stop and swim at Fruitbat Falls. The afternoon riding is awesome with creeks, mud, sand and rocks mixed in with a few easy hill climbs and some very fast, flowing tracks.
We cross the Jardine River on the ferry then check out some WW2 wrecks on the way to our overnight accommodation at Loyalty Beach. Camped right by the beach there’s a good chance of seeing a croc and some great fishing.
Day 6. Loyalty Beach to the Top of Australia – 90km
Today we ride to the tip. An easy dirt ride through Tropical Jungle rainforest and open Savannah with a few creek crossings thrown. The last 200m we walk over a rocky outcrop to the tip. Six days of dirt riding through some of Australia’s best trails gets up to the most northern point in Australia.
It’s not over yet, on the way back to Loyalty Beach we check out Somerset and a great ride along the beach. There is just enough time left for a hot shower and transport to the Airport for your flight back to Cairns.