Xtreme Cape York
Tackle the Cape’s most iconic tracks with your Aussie made hybrid off-road van
Specialised support for those wanting to experience remote off-road travel
Perfect for novice tourers and seasoned travellers
If you’ve invested in one of Australia’s larger hybrid off-road vans, built your ultimate touring vehicle to tow it and want to experience the iconic and remote areas of Cape York, getting off the beaten track, more importantly, off the Peninsula Development Road then this tour is for you.
With the guidance and experience of Trent and the Moon Tours team you’ll learn just how to approach these obstacles in a controlled and smooth manner avoiding unnecessary strain, drowning or damage. Trent will personally guide you through each and every part of the journey, getting you and your van into some of the best camping areas on Cape York.
Trent’s approach to get you and your off-road camper there and back in one piece; cut no corners, take all precautions, don’t rush. Trent will confidently and carefully take you through all aspects of off-road driving and recovery techniques while looking after your investment.
If you’re worried about getting a few bush scratches and can’t handle the thought of getting some bumps and bruises then this trip is not for you. We’re not in the business of braking vans or vehicles, we know what it takes to get a cool quarter of million dollars or more of equipment up these tracks. This is real 4WD’ing, a real adventure where you have the opportunity to learn a lot, coming away with the experience and confidence to go further than you’ve ever gone before.
There’ll be one or two obstacles where we expect to winch so having one mounted to the front of your tow tug will be required for this trip.
Yes, there’ll be some water, soft sand, rutted out tracks, rocky climbs, white sandy beaches, waterfalls and crocodiles. Have no fear, if you’re unsure you’re van is built for this sort of thing let us know what you’ve got and we’ll let you know. Generally speaking, you will be blown away at what these off-road vans can do and what they were really made for.
We have decided to specialise in off-road camper trips. An area and client base that we know want the next level of adventure in a safe, controlled and experienced way. Seeing many off-road campers heading outback but few on the more remote and challenging tracks they have been built for. We’re going to change that.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Cape York has almost every landscape that is available in Australia. Between Cairns and the northern most point of the Australian continent, “Cape York”, will surprise and delight any avid 4WD’er.
There is an abundance of opportunities for 4WD enthusiasts to test your off-road driving skills in Cape York. Rocky mountains, crystal clear river crossings, bull dust, flood plains, thick bush, beach driving and rain forest; Cape York has it all.
To tackle the off-road tracks in Cape York successfully you’ll need a well set up 4WD vehicle and a good quality trailer all in good nick. See our vehicle checklist for more info.
Highlights; Starke track (Wakooka Rd), it’s not a road so don’t be fooled by the name. Cape Melville, Lakefield NP, Frenchmans track, Tele track, Jardine camp, the tip!
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
A two week journey put together with the experience of 44 Cape York trips and 13 editions of Ron & Viv Moon’s Cape York guide books. A great opportunity to see the Capes most iconic locations as well as some hidden secrets.
Cape York – Cooktown to the Tip.
Day 1 – Meet & greet, Lion’s Den Hotel. Dinner included. Camp ground
Day 2 – Lions Den Hotel to Starcke track. Bush camp
Day 3 – Starcke track – Bush camp
Day 4 – Cape Melville. Beach camp.
Day 5 – Normanby River, Lakefield National Park. Camp ground.
Day 6 – Archer River roadhouse. Camp ground. Dinner included.
Day 7 – Frenchman’s track. Wenlock River bush camp.
Day 8 – Bramwell Station. Camp ground. Dinner included. (Southern Tele track Palm – Gunshot no trailers)
Day 9 – Tele track Gunshot – Canal Creek, Twin & Elliot falls. Bush camp.
Day 10 – Canal creek. Bush camp
Day 11 – Nolans Brooke. Bush camp
Day 12 – Seisia. WWII wrecks. Loyalty Beach camp ground. Dinner included
Day 13 – Seisia. Somerset to The TIP. Loyalty Beach camp ground. Dinner included
Day 14 – End tour. Drive home at your own pace along the Peninsula Development road.
We’re bringing a la carte fine dining and gourmet meals to the remote outback.
Optional gourmet catering package can be added as a option for those guests who want to relax by the fire while dinner is being prepared.
Enjoy five pub meals included. Lions Den Hotel, Bramwell Station, Seisia, Archer River roadhouse.
Guests taking our catering option will need to reserve up to 20 litres of their fridge space for the chef, or the minimum approximate equivalent of a shoe box.
- Grilled Cajun chicken breast, served with polenta, beans, broccolini, and a delish fennel and olive salad.
- Barbeque pork chops, topped with apple sauce, and served with roasted beetroot and pumpkin, and a side coleslaw.
- Gnocchi, with braise beef, sugo, cherry tomatoes, spinach, parma
- Lamb koftas, with sumac yogurt, dukkha sprinkles and tabbouleh salad
- Mouth-watering gourmet beef sausages, on a creamy bed of mash, with roasted mushrooms, topped with a onion gravy.
- Yellow chicken coconut curry, on bed of steamed jasmine rice, served with Asian slaw.
- Chorizo & mushroom, creamy penne pasta, with cheesy garlic damper cooked over the camp fire.
- Chilli con carne, with corn and tomato salsa, topped with sour cream, avocado, corn chips to dip.
- Chicken schnitzel, with a creamy pumpkin mash, served with a zucchini chickpea salad.
- Seared scotch fillet beef & noodle stir fry, with Asian slaw.
- Lamb cutlets cooked on the Webber, served with honey roasted carrots, potato bake, brassica greens.
- Chicken breast and haloumi, served with char grilled Mediterranean vegetable skewers, and camp fire jacket potatoes.
- Slow cooked beef stew, served on a bed of seeded mustard mash, with damper or soda bread to dip.
- Gourmet Burgers, with all the tasty things. Caramelised onions, Swiss cheese, home-made tomatoes relish and spinach leaves and a side serve of roasted kipfler potatoes.
- Roasted harissa chicken, with Webber roasted vegetables and a grilled zucchini salad.
- Slow roasted lamb shoulder, served with colourful pea and feta smash, roasted carrots, hand made pita bread and pickled onions.
- Slow cooked Spaghetti bolognaise, with chefs special delicious camp fire herb and garlic damper.
- Barbeque pork ribs off the Webber, served with a tasty potato salad, zucchini fritters.
- Rasal honout chicken, with Cous Cous, roast pumpkin, with smoky pan tossed greens.
- Chefs famous Ruben toasties, served with a potato salad and tossed mustard greens.
- Grilled fish (whatever is available or caught by Trent) served with a roasted cauliflower and pomegranate salad, with roasted spuds, topped with dill yogurt.
- Special Sushi lunch to be made with fresh caught fish
This will be finalised when all guests have submitted dietary requirements.
ABOUT YOUR GUIDES.
You can also read “Our story” by clicking here.
Trent grew up in the outback in the footsteps of his parents Ron & Viv Moon, 4WD legends and modern day explorers who are two of the most well travelled people on the planet. Mapping much of Australia, writing guidebooks and leading expeditions to the most remote corners of our country, Africa and around the world. Now Trent and his wife Stephanie along with Ron and Viv work and travel together as much as they can.
Trent’s best mate Matt is an experienced off roader, a farmer and very handy with mechanical, electrical and welding. He’ll be driving a 79 Series dual cab and will be the second back up vehicle on the trip. Between the boys they make an ingenious pair and work well together to solve any tricky obstacles and issues.
Vehicles and trailers wanting to tackle this itinerary need to be well set up. You don’t need every item from the accessories catalogue, even though each and every one makes life easier you would almost need a blank cheque. There are some essential minimum requirements. Reliability is key.
Vehicles – Pre trip service by a 4WD specialist and replacement of anything on the way out. Bull bar and winch, recovery kit, aftermarket suspension, off-road tyres, UHF radio, snorkel (inc snorkel sock) and dual battery. You can probably get by without some of the other things, even a fridge if you wanted to eat canned food and drink warm beer, but you must at least have the basics above before considering the trip.
Trailers – Well serviced and maintained. Checked over and anything worn to be replaced prior to the trip. Wheel bearings, electrics and structural integrity are key.
Imported campers – There are some really good Aussie designed, imported brands out there. If you own one you are most welcome to apply.
No trailer – Don’t tow a camper? That’s ok. We keep trailer numbers limited which leaves room for a few vehicles without trailers.
Strictly limited to six camper trailers.
- Satellite phone
- Large first aid kit including broad spectrum antibiotics, painkillers, muscle relaxants and morphine whistles
- Welding equipment
- Tool kit
- Swag, tent or roof top. Or camper trailers with prior approval
- Camp chair
- Cooking eqipment, cutlery, dishwashing
- Head torch and camp light
- Axe, chainsaw, shovel
- Fan belts
- Radiator stop leak
- Radiator hose tape
- Two spares tyres on rims for your vehicle. Additional spare for your trailer if it runs a different stud pattern.
- Trailer spares recommended by manufacturer. Most common faults will be electrical, welds, bearings (though they should be as new before the trip)
- Air Filter
- Fuel filter
- Brake Fluid
- Engine oil
EUROPEAN HISTORY OF THE CAPE
For thousands of years, Aborigines have lived in this region. The path of the CREB Track mostly follows ancient Aboriginal foot trails. After Cook and his crew took refuge in Cooktown in 1770, few white men visited for almost 100 years. Kennedy’s expedition in 1848 bypassed this section of coast, highlighting how difficult the terrain was, and still is.
The 1873 discovery of gold in the Palmer River essentially built Cooktown and plenty more ghost settlements like Maytown, but the area around the CREB Track was primarily mined for tin.
In February 1606, Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon landed near the site of what is now Weipa, on the western shore of Cape York. This was the first recorded landing of a European in Australia, and it also marked the first reported contact between European and Aboriginal Australian people.
Edmund Kennedy was the first European explorer to attempt an overland expedition of Cape York Peninsula. He had been second-in-command to Thomas Livingstone Mitchell in 1846 when the Barcoo River was encountered. The aim was to establish a route to the tip of the peninsula, where Sydney businessmen were attempting development of a port for trade with the East Indies.
The expedition set out from Rockingham Bay near the present town of Cardwell in May 1848, and it turned out to be one of the great disasters of Australian exploration. Of the thirteen men who set out, only three survived. The others died of fever or starvation, or were speared by hostile aborigines. Kennedy died of spear wounds almost within sight of his destination in December 1848. The only survivor to complete the journey was Jackey Jackey, an aborigine from New South Wales. He led a rescue party to the other two who had been unable to continue.
The peninsula was finally reached in 1864 when the brothers Francis Lascelles (Frank) and Alexander William Jardine, along with eight companions, drove a mob of cattle from Rockhampton to the new settlement of Somerset (on Cape York) where the Jardines’ father was commander. En route they lost most of their horses, many of their stores and fought pitched battles with Aborigines, finally arriving in March 1865.
Credit – wikipedia
- We recommend talking with David at Oz Satellite Rentals. Based in Victoria they can send items like Satellite phones, Defibrillators, Radios, EPIRBS, Spot Satellite devices, HEMA HX1 navigation units and more all around the country.
- Oz Satellite Rentals also hires Track Trailer Tvans, James Baroud Rooftop tents, Fridges and Generators.
- Based on the Gold Coast with the option to pick up Track Trailer Tvans from different locations around Australia, talk with Tristan at Atlas Trailer Hire.
RATES IN DETAIL
- AUD$6600 inc GST per vehicle, inc 2 Adults
- Teenage passenger $1100 inc GST
- Children under 12 years no meals included travel free.
- Add on gourmet catering, eight bush dining experiences $800 including GST per person
Camper Trailer 1 – Landcruiser Prado & AOR Quantum
Camper Trailer 2 –
Camper Trailer 3 –
Camper Trailer 4 –
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