Cape York via Bypass Roads

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesSeisia
FinishMareeba
DifficultyDifficulty 3/5
Suitable For4WD Camper Bike 
Distance953.8 km
Minimum Days5
Average Speed52.89 km/hr
Travel Time18 hrs 1 min
Page Updated: 5 Mar 2021

Description

This trek note provides a complete route to Cape York bypassing all the major 4WD river crossings found on the Telegraph Track. The route uses the Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) and Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass). This trek note is the easier alternative to the route given in our Cape York trek note due to the lack of 4WD challenges, however conditions can be very dustry and very corrugated and this route has its own fair share of problems and should not be undertaken lightly.

Whilst the PDR is currently being upgraded and there is a plan for it to be fully tarred by 2020, the route is unsealed for much of the way in the northern end and wet season conditions can make the road impassable at times. A 4WD vehicle is recommended due to the heavy corrugations and better handling and safety you will have in such a vehicle.

There are many interesting side trips to the west and east coastlines of the Cape York Peninsula too, so take a look through the separate Trek Notes we provide for optional side trips because they can all be accessed off the two main routes at noted exit points. We suggest you should research all these side trips and build your own itinerary. See the full list of Cape York side trips here (more coming in Nov '13).

In addition to the side trips, the majority of travellers will use parts of the PDR and parts of the OTT in order to explore the best of what the Cape offers, whilst avoiding the more extreme challenges found on the Old Telegraph Track.

Using this trek you will arrive at Seisia, the most northerly community on the Cape York Peninsula, however not at the true "tip" of Cape York. To reach the true "tip" of the Cape York Peninsula follow our day trip trek note called Seisia to the Tip.

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Environment

Cape York is the name of the most northern point of the Australian continent and is often referred to as "The Tip". In fact, the whole peninsula of land that lies above the 16°S latitude is called Cape York Peninsula - this narrow peninsula is bound by the Coral sea to the east the Arafura sea and Gulf of Carpentaria to the west and the Torres Strait to the north. Locals however, refer to Cape York "proper" as the area north of the Jardine river.

TrekID: 369

Preparation

MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.

Fuel, most standard supplies, and some repair services are available at towns and roadhouses but spare parts are not always available. Visitors need to be self-sufficient with adequate food, water, fuel and basic vehicle repair equipment. Mobile phone coverage is generally not available in Cape York Peninsula so it is essential to have other communication equipment.

Most people travel in convoy throughout the Cape not just for company, but for safety and backup. Just remember that overly large convoy groups can be hazardous on narrow dual-direction tracks and due to the bulldust on many Cape Roads, large groups may need to spread out so far apart that the leader lose radio communications with the tail-end charlie. For these reasons, you'll find a smaller convoy more enjoyable and practical.

Permits

Permits are required to access all areas of Aboriginal land. The permit is provided when you pay your ferry fee to cross the Jardine River at near Bamaga.

Camping permits are required in all National Parks and Reserves on the Cape York Peninsula and these must now be purchased in advance before arriving at your campsite. Self-registration for camp sites is no longer possible. To obtain an e-permit book online at www.qld.gov.au/camping, or phone 13 74 68.

Fuel Usage

DieselULPLPG
4cyl 134 litres4cyl 154 litres4cyl 191 litres
6cyl 146 litres6cyl 173 litres6cyl 168 litres
8cyl 146 litres8cyl 158 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

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Closest Climatic Station

Coen Airport
Distance from Trek Mid Point 83.71km W
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C32.132.131.331.030.229.628.929.831.633.434.434.7
Mean Min. °C23.823.923.421.819.517.917.317.118.920.922.623.9
Mean Rain mm294.1268.1267.159.115.32.20.83.01.010.723.9136.4
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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Directions

Seisia to New Mapoon
Driving: 3.33 km
Heading: 141°
Avg Speed: 39.76 km/hr
EST Time: 05:01
  • Drive southeast on Seisia Road. for: 2.88 km time: 02:31
  • Turn left. for: 0.07 km time: 00:09
  • Turn left. for: 0.03 km time: 00:05
  • Turn right onto Parry Street. for: 0.29 km time: 00:30
  • Turn left. for: 0.06 km time: 01:46
New Mapoon to Bamaga
Driving: 3.45 km
Heading: 174°
Avg Speed: 37.39 km/hr
EST Time: 05:32
  • Drive southeast. for: 0.06 km time: 01:43
  • Turn right onto Parry Street. for: 0.29 km time: 00:36
  • Turn left. for: 0.03 km time: 00:03
  • Turn right. for: 0.07 km time: 00:13
  • Turn left onto Seisia Road. for: 2.93 km time: 02:48
  • Turn right onto Injinoo Road. for: 0.07 km time: 00:10
Bamaga to Injinoo
Driving: 7.19 km
Heading: 257°
Avg Speed: 66.86 km/hr
EST Time: 06:27
  • Drive west on Injinoo Road. for: 7.03 km time: 06:11
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Ropeyarn Street for: 0.05 km time: 00:03
  • Turn left onto Injinoo Back Road. for: 0.11 km time: 00:13
Injinoo to Junction Bamaga Rd & Seisia Rd
Driving: 7.12 km
Heading: 133°
Avg Speed: 57.88 km/hr
EST Time: 07:22
  • Drive west on Injinoo Back Road. for: 0.11 km time: 00:11
  • Turn right onto Ropeyarn Street. for: 0.05 km time: 00:08
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Injinoo Road for: 0.23 km time: 00:15
  • Turn right onto Injinoo Back Road. for: 6.73 km time: 06:49
Junction Bamaga Rd & Seisia Rd to Junction Bamaga Rd & Track to DC Wrecks
Driving: 4.97 km
Heading: 178°
Avg Speed: 32.99 km/hr
EST Time: 09:02
  • Drive southeast on Injinoo Back Road. for: 4.97 km time: 09:02
Junction Bamaga Rd & Track to DC Wrecks to Southern Bypass & Usher Point Rd
Driving: 11.12 km
Heading: 176°
Avg Speed: 27.76 km/hr
EST Time: 24:02
  • Drive south on Injinoo Back Road. for: 0.29 km time: 00:35
  • Bear right onto Bamaga Road. for: 10.78 km time: 21:54
  • Turn left. for: 0.05 km time: 01:33
Southern Bypass & Usher Point Rd to Jardine River Ferry Campground & Service Station
Driving: 13.16 km
Heading: 253°
Avg Speed: 27.89 km/hr
EST Time: 28:18
  • Drive southwest. for: 0.05 km time: 01:33
  • Turn right onto Bamaga Road. for: 0.34 km time: 01:01
  • Turn left to stay on Bamaga Road. for: 11.1 km time: 22:17
  • Bear right onto Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass Road). for: 1.5 km time: 03:01
  • Take the Jardine River Ferry. for: 0.03 km time: 00:10
  • Drive west on Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass Road). for: 0.09 km time: 00:10
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass Road) for: 0.06 km time: 00:07
Jardine River Ferry Campground & Service Station to Junction OTT Exit & Northern Bypass
Driving: 23.65 km
Heading: 169°
Avg Speed: 30 km/hr
EST Time: 47:18
  • Drive west on Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass Road). for: 23.65 km time: 47:18
Junction OTT Exit & Northern Bypass to Northern Bypass & Track to Vrilya Point
Driving: 3.85 km
Heading: 174°
Avg Speed: 34.71 km/hr
EST Time: 06:39
  • Drive south on Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass Road). for: 3.77 km time: 06:19
  • Turn right. for: 0.08 km time: 00:20
Northern Bypass & Track to Vrilya Point to Barmaga Rd (Northern Bypass Road) - Telegraph Track Junction
Driving: 24.21 km
Heading: 149°
Avg Speed: 33.82 km/hr
EST Time: 42:57
  • Drive east. for: 0.08 km time: 00:14
  • Turn right onto Bamaga Road (Northern Bypass Road). for: 23.97 km time: 42:06
  • Make a sharp left onto Old Telegraph Track. for: 0.17 km time: 00:37
Barmaga Rd (Northern Bypass Road) - Telegraph Track Junction to Fruit Bat Falls
Driving: 2.48 km
Heading: 50°
Avg Speed: 20 km/hr
EST Time: 07:26
  • Drive north on Old Telegraph Track. for: 0 km time: 00:01
  • Turn right onto Fruitbat Falls Track. for: 2.45 km time: 29:29
  • Turn right. for: 0.02 km time: 00:36
Fruit Bat Falls to Barmaga Rd (Northern Bypass Road) - Telegraph Track Junction
Driving: 2.48 km
Heading: 230°
Avg Speed: 20 km/hr
EST Time: 07:26
  • Drive southwest. for: 0.02 km time: 00:35
  • Turn left onto Fruitbat Falls Track. for: 2.45 km time: 29:27
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Old Telegraph Track for: 0 km time: 00:01
Barmaga Rd (Northern Bypass Road) - Telegraph Track Junction to Telegraph Track & Southern Bypass Rd
Driving: 9.35 km
Heading: 162°
Avg Speed: 31.44 km/hr
EST Time: 17:50
  • Drive south on Old Telegraph Track. for: 8.97 km time: 16:37
  • Turn right to stay on Old Telegraph Track. for: 0.33 km time: 01:06
  • Turn left to stay on Old Telegraph Track. for: 0.04 km time: 00:08
Telegraph Track & Southern Bypass Rd to Track Junction
Driving: 22.25 km
Heading: 123°
Avg Speed: 43.59 km/hr
EST Time: 30:37
  • Drive northwest on Old Telegraph Track. for: 0.04 km time: 00:07
  • Turn right to stay on Old Telegraph Track. for: 0.33 km time: 01:02
  • Turn right onto Bamaga Road (Southern Bypass Road). for: 21.88 km time: 29:29
Track Junction to Southern Bypass & Trk to Captain Billy Landing
Driving: 21.03 km
Heading: 120°
Avg Speed: 27.22 km/hr
EST Time: 46:21
  • Drive north on Bamaga Road (Southern Bypass Road). for: 20.88 km time: 41:45
  • Turn left. for: 0.15 km time: 04:36
Southern Bypass & Trk to Captain Billy Landing to Southern Bypass & Trk to Heathlands
Driving: 11.14 km
Heading: 198°
Avg Speed: 24.88 km/hr
EST Time: 26:51
  • Drive southwest. for: 0.15 km time: 04:36
  • Turn left onto Bamaga Road (Southern Bypass Road). for: 10.74 km time: 21:29
  • Turn right onto Gunshot Bypass. for: 0.25 km time: 00:48
Southern Bypass & Trk to Heathlands to Southern Bypass & Shelburne Tk
Driving: 33.64 km
Heading: 181°
Avg Speed: 29.86 km/hr
EST Time: 01:07:35
  • Drive southeast on Gunshot Bypass. for: 0.25 km time: 00:45
  • Turn right onto Bamaga Road (Southern Bypass Road). for: 33.39 km time: 01:06:51
Southern Bypass & Shelburne Tk to Junction Southern Bypass & Bramwell Station Tk
Driving: 11.29 km
Heading: 196°
Avg Speed: 30 km/hr
EST Time: 22:34
  • Drive south on Bamaga Road (Southern Bypass Road). for: 8.87 km time: 17:44
  • Bear left onto Bamaga Road. for: 2.42 km time: 04:50
Junction Southern Bypass & Bramwell Station Tk to Bramwell Junction Roadhouse
Driving: 10.26 km
Heading: 255°
Avg Speed: 29.63 km/hr
EST Time: 20:46
  • Drive southwest on Bamaga Road. for: 0.43 km time: 00:52
  • Bear right onto Bamaga Road (Southern Bypass Road). for: 9.71 km time: 19:25
  • Make a sharp right onto Old Telegraph Track. for: 0.13 km time: 00:30
Bramwell Junction Roadhouse to Moreton Telegraph Station
Driving: 41.67 km
Heading: 167°
Avg Speed: 33.14 km/hr
EST Time: 01:15:26
  • Drive south on Old Telegraph Track. for: 0.13 km time: 00:23
  • Bear right onto Bamaga Road. for: 41.4 km time: 01:14:31
  • Turn right. for: 0.1 km time: 00:20
  • Turn right. for: 0.03 km time: 00:12
Moreton Telegraph Station to Telegraph Road - Batavia Downs turnoff
Driving: 23.7 km
Heading: 169°
Avg Speed: 31.09 km/hr
EST Time: 45:44
  • Drive southeast. for: 0.03 km time: 00:10
  • Turn right. for: 0.08 km time: 00:20
  • Bear right onto Bamaga Road. for: 23.58 km time: 45:14
Telegraph Road - Batavia Downs turnoff to Telegraph Rd & Penninsula Developmental Rd
Driving: 48.78 km
Heading: 169°
Avg Speed: 30 km/hr
EST Time: 01:37:33
  • Drive south on Bamaga Road. for: 48.78 km time: 01:37:34
Telegraph Rd & Penninsula Developmental Rd to Archer River Roadhouse
Driving: 51.91 km
Heading: 155°
Avg Speed: 66.44 km/hr
EST Time: 46:52
  • Drive south on Bamaga Road. for: 0.09 km time: 00:08
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Peninsula Developmental Road for: 51.63 km time: 45:34
  • Make a sharp right. for: 0.17 km time: 00:59
  • Turn right. for: 0.03 km time: 00:12
Archer River Roadhouse to The Bend Camp
Driving: 63.04 km
Heading: 153°
Avg Speed: 49.05 km/hr
EST Time: 01:17:06
  • Drive south. for: 0.03 km time: 00:08
  • Turn left. for: 0.17 km time: 00:53
  • Bear right onto Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 62.81 km time: 01:15:56
  • Turn left. for: 0.03 km time: 00:10
The Bend Camp to Coen
Driving: 3.07 km
Heading: 168°
Avg Speed: 63.59 km/hr
EST Time: 02:53
  • Drive south. for: 0.03 km time: 00:09
  • Turn left onto Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 3.04 km time: 02:45
Coen to Musgrave Roadhouse
Driving: 108.52 km
Heading: 161°
Avg Speed: 51.76 km/hr
EST Time: 02:05:47
  • Drive south on Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 108.42 km time: 02:03:47
  • Turn right. for: 0.1 km time: 02:00
Musgrave Roadhouse to Peninsula Developmental Rd & Dixie Rd
Driving: 23.72 km
Heading: 157°
Avg Speed: 35.65 km/hr
EST Time: 39:55
  • Drive south. for: 0.1 km time: 01:53
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Peninsula Developmental Road for: 23.62 km time: 38:02
Peninsula Developmental Rd & Dixie Rd to Morehead River Rest Area
Driving: 10.07 km
Heading: 125°
Avg Speed: 50.16 km/hr
EST Time: 12:02
  • Drive southeast on Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 10.07 km time: 12:03
Morehead River Rest Area to Mary Valley Station
Driving: 8.9 km
Heading: 132°
Avg Speed: 86.71 km/hr
EST Time: 06:09
  • Drive southeast on Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 8.9 km time: 06:09
Mary Valley Station to Hann River Roadhouse
Driving: 20.29 km
Heading: 128°
Avg Speed: 72.55 km/hr
EST Time: 16:46
  • Drive southeast on Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 20.06 km time: 12:56
  • Bear left. for: 0.11 km time: 00:16
  • Turn left. for: 0.12 km time: 03:36
Hann River Roadhouse to Kennedy River Rest Area
Driving: 42.96 km
Heading: 128°
Avg Speed: 83.24 km/hr
EST Time: 30:57
  • Drive west. for: 0.12 km time: 03:34
  • Turn left. for: 0.21 km time: 00:32
  • Bear left onto Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 42.63 km time: 26:52
Kennedy River Rest Area to Peninsula Developmental Rd & Palmerville Rd
Driving: 14.12 km
Heading: 132°
Avg Speed: 90.79 km/hr
EST Time: 09:19
  • Drive east on Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 14.04 km time: 09:09
  • Turn right onto Pamerville Road. for: 0.08 km time: 00:10
Peninsula Developmental Rd & Palmerville Rd to Junction PDR and Lakefield Rd
Driving: 17.42 km
Heading: 108°
Avg Speed: 93.59 km/hr
EST Time: 11:10
  • Drive east on Pamerville Road. for: 0.08 km time: 00:03
  • Turn right onto Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 17.34 km time: 11:07
Junction PDR and Lakefield Rd to Laura
Driving: 1.79 km
Heading: 129°
Avg Speed: 58.43 km/hr
EST Time: 01:50
  • Drive southeast on Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 1.7 km time: 01:39
  • Turn left onto Deighton Road. for: 0.09 km time: 00:12
Laura to Ang-Ganrra
Driving: 15.65 km
Heading: 137°
Avg Speed: 85.62 km/hr
EST Time: 10:58
  • Drive southwest on Deighton Road. for: 0.09 km time: 00:09
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Peninsula Developmental Road for: 15.56 km time: 10:49
Ang-Ganrra to Lakeland
Driving: 45.96 km
Heading: 124°
Avg Speed: 88.55 km/hr
EST Time: 31:08
  • Drive east on Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 45.63 km time: 30:46
  • Keep left to stay on Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 0.2 km time: 00:13
  • Bear left onto Mulligan Highway/40. for: 0.13 km time: 00:09
Lakeland to Palmer River Roadhouse
Driving: 31.48 km
Heading: 197°
Avg Speed: 85.26 km/hr
EST Time: 22:09
  • Drive south on Mulligan Highway/40. for: 0.13 km time: 00:08
  • Keep left to stay on Mulligan Highway. for: 31.22 km time: 21:41
  • Turn left. for: 0.13 km time: 00:20
Palmer River Roadhouse to Junction
Driving: 17.08 km
Heading: 201°
Avg Speed: 70.76 km/hr
EST Time: 14:28
  • Drive southeast. for: 0.32 km time: 00:46
  • Turn left onto Mulligan Highway/81. for: 16.56 km time: 12:59
  • Turn right onto Whites Creek Road. for: 0.21 km time: 00:44
Junction to Mount Carbine
Driving: 67.15 km
Heading: 127°
Avg Speed: 82 km/hr
EST Time: 49:08
  • Drive southeast on Whites Creek Road. for: 0.21 km time: 00:37
  • Turn right onto Mulligan Highway/81. for: 66.94 km time: 48:31
Mount Carbine to Peninsula Developmental Rd & Mossman-Mt Molloy Rd
Driving: 28.88 km
Heading: 126°
Avg Speed: 95.2 km/hr
EST Time: 18:12
  • Drive east on Mulligan Highway/81. for: 28.88 km time: 18:12
Peninsula Developmental Rd & Mossman-Mt Molloy Rd to Rifle Creek Rest Area
Driving: 0.5 km
Heading: 128°
Avg Speed: 34.16 km/hr
EST Time: 00:52
  • Drive southeast on Mulligan Highway/81. for: 0.48 km time: 00:38
  • Turn right. for: 0.01 km time: 00:12
  • Turn right. for: 0.01 km time: 00:03
Rifle Creek Rest Area to Mount Molloy
Driving: 1.01 km
Heading: 167°
Avg Speed: 47.09 km/hr
EST Time: 01:17
  • Drive southeast. for: 0.01 km time: 00:03
  • Turn left. for: 0.01 km time: 00:05
  • Turn right onto Mulligan Highway/81. for: 0.99 km time: 01:10
Mount Molloy to Peninsula Developmental Rd & Southern Lakes Rd
Driving: 14.23 km
Heading: 169°
Avg Speed: 87.28 km/hr
EST Time: 09:46
  • Drive south on Mulligan Highway/81. for: 14.21 km time: 09:44
  • Turn left onto Quaid Road. for: 0.02 km time: 00:03
Peninsula Developmental Rd & Southern Lakes Rd to Biboohra
Driving: 16.88 km
Heading: 154°
Avg Speed: 96.34 km/hr
EST Time: 10:30
  • Drive southwest on Quaid Road. for: 0.02 km time: 00:01
  • Turn left onto Mulligan Highway/81. for: 16.86 km time: 10:30
Biboohra to Mareeba
Driving: 9.05 km
Heading: 176°
Avg Speed: 66.05 km/hr
EST Time: 08:13
  • Drive south on Mulligan Highway/81. Continue on 81. for: 8.28 km time: 06:23
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit, onto Byrnes Street for: 0.72 km time: 01:36
  • Turn left onto Hort Street. for: 0.05 km time: 00:14
Distance is based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

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