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Cape York Telegraph Line

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The telegraph track runs alongside where the old telegraph line used to be. The telegraph line was built to communicate from Thursday Island to Brisbane using Morse code.

In the year 1885 the first section of the telegraph line was established, it ran between Fairview and Mein just north of Coen. It cost just over $30,000 to build 320 kms of line, and included a path that was 40 metres wide and was cleared of all trees.

It took Forty seven men to build the line and each camp was guarded by Native Mounted Police because of the war like aborigines that inhabited the area.

The northern section of the line was approximately 260km, much of it through boggy swamp country around the Jardine River, this section would also cost $30,000.

As the line was being built Aboriginal tribesmen cut the wire, stole insulators and burnt grass for kilometres around. The Telegraph stations along the line were built like forts.

The telegraph stations at Musgrave and Coen were opened in December 1886, Mein in July 1887 and Mc Donnell and Paterson at peak point on the western end of Punsand Bay, were opened in August 1887 the same year as Mein.
In that same month a submarine cable was laid between Thursday Island and Peak Point. There was now communication between people on the Island and faraway Brisbane by Morse code.

The line was used as a useful tool in World War 2. The last Morse code message from Brisbane and Thursday Island was sent on the 24th of June 1964. It was then used up until it was dismantled in 1987, as a local telephone line was installed through the Cape to Bamaga and with a branch line to Weipa. Today microwave towers are used as communication and in 2006 an optic cable was run along much of the original Old Telegraph Track.

Now days the track is used by four wheel drivers and every year it is getting harder to drive because the track is no longer getting maintained now that there is no telegraph line that needs regular maintenance.
Written by Josh

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To the Tip of Cape York

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To The tip of Australia

To The tip of Australia

Well we made it to the tip of Australia!! It’s a bloody long way but we are here finally. It was worth the trip especially the telegraph track. Josh has been through that many river crossings and difficult ruts, but he has handled them beautifully and learning lots about four wheel driving. He reckons he is going to do gunshot in his Hilux. The tip of Cape York was so windy, but well worth the walk up the big hill. The view was amazing you can see for miles. We did it!!!
On the way we visited the Croc tent which was in the middle of nowhere and full of souvenirs of Cape York. The road out to the tip was so corrugated it was about 35km, it was making our teeth fall out....lol

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Seisia

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Seisia

Seisia

Our caravan park is in a good location right next to the jetty and everything is walking distance. The park is good the Horses and dogs just walk freely around here and we were greeted by these two at our camp. They just come in to check things out. The weather is good not too hot. We are staying here for 5 nights no internet coverage only in Bamaga which is only 7km away. The Camp site has its own camp kitchen and toilet and shower block, grouse setup. The boys have been fishing on the jetty each night but not catching much. Jordy is having a ball he is catching heaps of fish for the big boys to use as live bait. There are heaps jumping and lots of big splashes , we think they are crocs or sharks. We watched the locals spear crabs and fish last night, it looked so easy. We are going to Thursday Island on Wed which I am looking forward to. All the locals are so nice up here, very friendly. Brenda and I managed to go to a market only 6 stalls though but we still found something to buy. Lol
Gus you would love the shells on the beach they are only little but there is heaps. Well I am exhausted with all this writing until next time. Cheers The Yuks xoxox

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Bamaga

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Bamaga

Bamaga

We arrived at Bamaga which is the main town up here, not much here but you get by with what is here. When we got here everything was shut except the pub which is in the top photo, so many dogs just walk everywhere. We had one in the middle of the road asleep we had to toot for him to move. They don’t care they just roam around everywhere. Even the horses were seen in the cemetery eating the flowers .... They walk through the main street. There were about five horses in the main street just outside the supermarket today.

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Telegraph Track

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Moreton Telegraph Station

Moreton Telegraph Station

These photos were at the Moreton Telegraph Station the people that owned the station were so nice and had heaps of information to share with us. Heaps of photos to look at and was a good toilet stop. The Bushman’s clothes pegs were what they use to peg their washing up with, which was a nut of a tree. We saw the trees along the track. Aahh the good old olden days.

Palm Creek

Palm Creek

We started the telegraph track and our first river crossing was a doozzeey!! We were only a couple of kms in and we had to cross Palm Creek. A lot of people were turned off by doing this river crossing and were waiting for someone brave or stupid enough to do it. Well that was us, we went right through with lots of bangs and crashes and the only damage was our sidesteps that wasn’t too bad considering the erosion of the track. Only a few cars followed us through and the rest chickened out and went the development road instead.

Delhunty river

Delhunty river

The Dulhunty River was our first night of camping on the telegraph track there was a small water fall. The boys cooled off in the river. It was too cold for Brenda and I. We had the river to ourselves and one more couple which was nice and quiet. It rained overnight and the boys got wet in their swags. They weren’t impressed at all.

Gunshot

Gunshot

Gunshot Creek was lots of fun. The gun shot was eroded away and the bypass track was just as bad. There were several other challenging tracks that were just as hard but we went down and the crowd cheered as we all went through. Only damage was the rear bumper bars especially Scotty and Wills which was hanging off but a cable tie has fixed it for now. The motorbike riders all ten of them came through no problems.

Fruit Bat, twin and Elliot Falls

Fruit Bat, twin and Elliot Falls

Fruit Bat, Twin & Elliot Falls were beautiful and very nice to swim in. We stayed here for two nights and camped with thousands of fruit bats. The White lipped green tree frogs were hiding out in the toilets, they were the biggest I have seen and the brightest green. The falls were half way up the Telegraph track and it was nice to stop and have a break from four wheel driving. Heaps of river crossings and bump bumpy tracks. But it was a lot of fun. When we get to Seisia I will be washing for days.

Cypress Creek Bridge

Cypress Creek Bridge

Cypress Bridge was a bit tricky and challenging but everyone got through including all the motorbike riders.

Jardine River Ferry

Jardine River Ferry

We had to catch a ferry over the Jardine River, that river crossing was too deep and full of crocs. Off to Bamaga and Seisia and the Tip of the Cape York.

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