Cape or bust — all sorts do the trip
RUST buckets of questionable quality are increasingly making the trip to the tip of Cape York, proving not everyone needs a giant four-wheel drive on the remote peninsula.
In the eight years since he and his family moved from Brisbane to the remote tip of Cape York, Croc Tent owner Dale Mears has seen it all.
Lowered Commodore utes, tractors, motorbikes and even a backpacker van missing its back door have slogged it out along the Peninsula Development Road, defying those who think the trek is only possible in the toughest vehicles.
In 2013, Carsguide’s Paul Pottinger even slogged it out in a Mazda MX-5.
But Mr Mears warned those thinking about taking their new BMW for a spin up the Cape, and said conventional sedans seldom made it in one piece. “It’s rare a vehicle like that makes it without some kind of serious damage,” he said.
“The first thing I ask is ‘what have you broken?’.
“If you were to drive along at 5-10 km/h you’d get any kind of vehicle here without damage ... but people start out with the intention of taking it easy, then they go bugger it and put the foot down and wear the consequences.”
Thanks to an average wet season, not even the biggest truck could make it through flood waters flowing across the PDR at Little Laura and Archer rivers right now.
A 1928 Chev "National Tourer" (Yellow), and a 1928 Chrysler Model 62 (Green) that made the trek to the Tip