Cape or bust — all sorts do the trip

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Do­minic Geiger

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

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