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Day 1 – We start the Tour from Cairns, heading to the Daintree Rainforest. The four wheel adventure action begins when we travel through The Creb Track. This is where it all really starts, and you get your first exploration of the amazing Daintree landscape. The 4WDing can be very challenging, but you’ll enjoy the challenge, and be reassured that our role is to see everyone safely to the Top of Australia.
The Creb Track, IF the track is good and relatively dry, will take us a minimum of 4-5 hours. If it has rained, which it usually does in the Daintree, this can make The Creb Track impassable and we find an alternative route. We will make that call when we get there.
We stop at the Lions Den Hotel for our first night.
Day 2 – Leave the Lions Den and head north to Cooktown for fuel, last minute food supplies, and a look at the historical town. From there, we head along Battle Camp Road to Old Laura, look at the Old Laura Homestead and finally call it a day at Kalpower Crossing.
- * An option here (planned with participants before Tour begins)
If the Starke Track is open, we can do the Starke Track and travel right up and around to Bathurst Bay, back through to Kalpower Crossing. This will take three days, and may require additional fuel for some vehicles. It will also take two night stays away from other locations.
Day 3 – Head for Musgrave Station where we join up to the main Development Road. From here, we travel along to Coen and finish the day at Archer River.
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Day 4 – From Archer River, we head north about 50km before leaving the Development Road again, head into Lockhart River, camping for the night at Chilli Beach. For those who’d like some fresh local fish and chips or a coffee at this time, we’ll share a well-kept secret spot near Chilli Beach with you.
Day 5 – Enjoy some time out of the car here, if weather permits and we’re running on time, and do vehicle checks for what lies ahead.
Day 6 – Travel the mighty Frenchman’s Track, crossing both the Pascoe and Wenlock Rivers. This track can take a whole day depending on conditions. Morton Telegraph Station is our destination today, and the whole day will be seriously good fun, full of adventure.
For those a little inexperienced, don’t fret. We travel together, no-one gets left behind. You will be amazed and excited at what you will become capable of in your 4WD today, but be aware, you may become hooked on 4WDing for life.
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Day 7 – Head north again along the Development Road for just 40km, before we stop at Bramwell Junction. This is the start of the infamous Old Telegraph Track (commonly known as the Old Tele Track or OTT).
The first creek crossing here is a doozy. It is becoming more feared than the Gunshot Creek crossing (which is saying something!). With careful planning, it is quite easy…heading northward anyway. We will stop at Dulhunty Creek for the night, as this creek offers good campsites and great swimming.
Day 8 – Head to the mighty Gunshot Creek. This is a favourite TNT Tour day for 4WD adventuring, as most people take one look at it and bail out, but we love the challenge this spot gives our vehicles.
In non-tour travel times, we’ve seen many people, who think they know everything (you know the type), be convinced that what looks like the easy way down, is the best way down. They don’t listen to anyone and most end up with panel damage. Fools.
On our tours, even our many first-time 4WDers have never had any panel damage when we take them down the Gunshot Creek. To us, picking the right track to suit each vehicle is crucial, and we help you do that. We are focussed on giving you the best 4WD experience of your life without taking unsafe risks. Once you have conquered the Gunshot, we guarantee you’ll be saying “It wasn’t THAT difficult”, but the experience will be a Life Trophy for your 4WDing soul.
We camp at Gunshot Creek for the night.
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Day 9 & 10 – From Gunshot we continue on the Old Tele Track to Elliot Falls. This is my personal favorite in the Cape country, and the favourite of many, many tour participants. Here we stay, dust off, relax and enjoy the swimming and bush for two nights.
Day 11 – We continue through the Old Tele Track crossing Nolan’s Brook, before heading back out to the main road to catch the Jardine River Ferry.
We reach the top of Cape Yorke Peninsula, the Top of Australia.
We set up camp near Seisia.
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Day 12 & 13 – We stay at the Top and do the ‘Croc, Tent and Tip’ drive along with the Three Beaches Run. This gives you the incredible opportunity to enjoy being at the northern-most tip of Australia, to drive and walk the foreshore of the three most northern beaches in Australia, and to pick up some souvenirs if you like. Here we also enjoy a meal and watch the sunset from your seat at the Open Air Restaurant.
- * An option here (booked in advance before Tour begins).
- You can do a day tour to Thursday Island or Fishing Charter.
Day 14 – Grab supplies, leave The Top and head south again on the ferry, before making our way to Vrilya Point Beach. We camp for the night here, as this is yet another of Australia’s nicest beaches. There is great fishing too, if want to fish.
Day 15 – Go back into the Old Tele Track to head south along it. Once you have travelled the Development Road you will understand why the tracks, such as the Old Tele Track, are so much better to travel on. We make camp at Nolan’s Brook Creek for the night, making sure our vehicles are safe. Without the right planning and care, this is where many vehicles go for a swim.
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Day 16 – Travel back to Elliot Falls for another swim and relax. Once you have been there once, you will want to go back.
Day 17- Continue south along the Old Tele Track, camping at one of the creeks along the way.
Day 18– We tackle Palm Creek, heading south, and all your newly gained 4WD skills will be put to the test. What a way to finish an amazing 4WD adventure!
We head back to Morton Telegraph Station for a relaxing bath and great meal at the Bush Restaurant to finish the tour, and celebrate your success.
From here, some of you may wish to go to Weipa for a tourist’s look and exploration of the area. Others may wish to make the trek home heading south along the Development Road to Archer River Roadhouse, Coen, Musgrave Roadhouse, Hann River Roadhouse, Laura, Lakeland, Mount Molloy, Mareeba then Cairns. If so, allow three days to get back to Cairns.
18 days of four wheel driving, discovery, camping and fun. Get on the band wagon, camping and fun. Come along and have a blast!