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Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Sun 26 Aug, 2018 4:01 pm
by ofuros
Rainforest roots, clawing vines, crystal clear creeks, pigs, dingo's, croc's & tree kangaroo's & a deserted beach all to myself....a nice little adventure.
Worth a look if your heading up to FNQ.

Name changed on NP's website.
https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/mangkalba/

Teaser pics to come...

Re: Cedar Bay track

PostPosted: Sun 26 Aug, 2018 7:57 pm
by bigkev
Looking forward to the pics. Cedar Bay is definitely on my ever expanding 'to do' list.

Re: Cedar Bay track

PostPosted: Sun 26 Aug, 2018 8:49 pm
by ofuros
Hi BigKev, winging my way home on a late flight as I type this, will post a couple of pics tomorrow.

Re: Cedar Bay track

PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug, 2018 7:26 am
by ofuros
Just a couple of quick bits of info...

Home Rule lodge has shady camping spots beside the river with deep pools where you can have a dip or camp out in the paddock under the big shady trees with mountain views.
Camp kitchen, Toilet block & showers.

It's been a dry 'dry season' but there's still water flowing/trickling in the tributaries/feeder streams in between the main creeks of Wallaby, Slaty & Granite.
Save some for climb up the ridge & down the other side to Ashwells Ck crossing. Pig diggings everywhere so filter your water.

Topography. Longer going in...quicker coming out.
There's that 'Wow' factor when you finally step out from the rainforest onto the beach. 8)

Didn't start coming out until midday so I camped at Granite ck camp on the return leg.
Deep spot for a refreshing swim is upstream. Check for leaches after.

On this occasion, no sandflies or mozzies...just a couple of sneaky leeches.

Cool season in the tropics is still warm enough for a barefoot shirtless vagabond/castaway look, if you wish. I did.
Met a young bedraggled European guy on the way out, walking in with barefeet with a small dilly bag swung over his right shoulder.
Smiled when I said he would be the only one there....until I mentioned the pigs running through camp at night. :wink:

For any other questions just give me a hoy...while the details are still fresh in my mind.

Re: Cedar Bay Track, FNQ

PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug, 2018 9:11 am
by ofuros
The adventure begins... :P

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Rainforest roots...there's alot of looking down for foot placement & glancing ahead. :wink:

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Crystal clear...calming, cooling breaks before heading back into the emerald green. 8)

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Out of the dark & into the light...as far as your eye can see, its all yours. :D

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Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug, 2018 3:53 pm
by ofuros
As usual...a few more pics here. :wink:

https://ofuros.exposure.co/cedar-bay-track

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Wed 29 Aug, 2018 12:50 pm
by bigkev
Great photos ofuros.

How did you get to the start, did you hire a 4wd?

The Tree Kangaroo was amazing, I've never come across one out in the bush, that alone would make the walk worthwhile in my opinion.

Cheers

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Wed 29 Aug, 2018 1:15 pm
by ofuros
There is a bus service Cairns to Cooktown stopping in at The Lions Den in Rossville, then you'll have to walk to Home Rule Lodge from there...but time was of the essence for me so I used a hire car an suv, but a 2wd would be fine too as it's tarmac all the way.

There's also the 4wd Daintree- Bloomfield-Rossville coastal option during the dry season which joins the inland route so you can turn it into a circuit if you wish.

Cooktown is close roughly 30kms down the road from Rossville, its definitely worth a look.

Bouldery Black Mountain is impressive.

So was the Bennett's Tree Kangaroo encounter...my heart still beats faster when I think about it.

Ooroo
Ofuros

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Wed 29 Aug, 2018 1:21 pm
by ofuros
Gail @ Home Rule Lodge will provide a mud map to the start of the walk.

Message her here...
https://m.facebook.com/homerulelodge/

Just be aware they'll be having a festival there at the end of September...just in case your dates clash.

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Sun 16 Sep, 2018 1:08 am
by trekker76
Nice post Ofuros. I haven't been into that area. Any more pics of the trees, looks like fairly open forest under the canopy, would be a nice hike.

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Sun 16 Sep, 2018 5:40 am
by ofuros
Can be dense & easy to lose in places, lots of tree falls & creek crossings.
Camp at Granite Ck on the way in or on the return leg...great swimming hole.
It's a gradual c!imb up to the main range, no views from the highest point, though you can hear the breaking waves in the distance, then it steeply descends to the beach...imagine the Daintree without roads, cars, homes, tourists, no human footprints in the sand.

Originally it was a donkey track to a tin mine from memory, you'll come across remnants.
There was also a hippy commune in Cedar Bay, which was raided by police back in the 70's...you can google that episode of history.

Flying home on Thursday so will have look through the forest pics when I get home.

Ooroo
Ofuros.

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Sun 16 Sep, 2018 8:36 pm
by trekker76
Cheers for the info mate. Be good to see those pics when you get a chance. I am based in the Cape some of the time, hometown is bit south of Cairns. I might get up there and take a look based on your review. 8)

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Thu 20 Sep, 2018 2:39 pm
by digbyg
A good walk from Home Rule to the beach following the packhorse trail. If you don't have a car to get back to, you can then also walk south along the rocks, over the headland steeply to the Auravale track to go out or turn left down the track to Weary Bay and walk the beach to Bloomfield. No fresh water once you leave the Cedar Bay beach, and its hot on the rocks and the beach.

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Thu 20 Sep, 2018 7:44 pm
by ofuros
...i heard there's also the Gap Creek track, starting on the Bloomfield- Rossville rd.

I'd try that way next time, depending on how dense it is, probably via Mt Finlay down the spur onto Cedar Bay then follow the creek behind the camp to the spur heading for the gap creek track turning it into a circuit...easy to say when in front of a keyboard. :lol:

Another cool season adventure with a 4wd on the Bloomfield Rd added to the bushwalking list. 8)

Image

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Fri 21 Sep, 2018 2:04 pm
by ofuros
Just looked through my Cedar Bay folder again...no forest pics worth showing as my camera didn't like the low light situation. Lots of blurry shots. :roll:

Suffice to say the track winds its way through wet, red clay, white clay, creeks, open, dark, rooty, dense, bouldery, granity, dry, light, grassy & sandy terrains. You'll lose the track in a few places, trees fall, creeks flood, seasonal regrowth, pigs uproot & when the track does a 90° turn just as your thinking this is all to easy, just backtrack a few steps & you'll find it again. :wink:

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Fri 21 Sep, 2018 2:54 pm
by digbyg
Here are a couple of historic interest, circa 1993

Cedar Bay Bill grave.jpg


1-Cedar Bay campsite.jpg

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Fri 21 Sep, 2018 3:02 pm
by ofuros
digbyg wrote:Here are a couple of historic interest, circa 1993


Historical pics of the area, always appreciated... 8)

Any remnants of the old commune that used to be there ?....all I found were the stands of clump bamboo beside the water source, not that i explored too far anyway as I was mooching around at dusk.

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Sun 23 Sep, 2018 1:02 pm
by digbyg
20 or so years ago there were many fruit trees and a few bits of concrete remains of steps and slabs at the southern end in from the campsite. Park staff worked to eliminate most of these introduced species.
I notice now that the climb over Rattlesnake point has been closed, so the exit over Mt Finlay on the Gap track would be the loop to do if that is even marked. It doesn't seem to be mentioned on NPks resources, which means no-one is tasked to keep it open. It'd be a stiff climb up to 450m in granite boulder rainforest if not marked.

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Tue 25 Sep, 2018 10:19 pm
by trekker76
Whats the tent in the pic Digby?

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Wed 26 Sep, 2018 7:23 am
by digbyg
Macpac Olympus.

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Thu 27 Sep, 2018 7:24 am
by ofuros
Thanks for the extra info digbyd...the Olympus was/is a classic, still use mine for car camping for my wife & 5yo.
Thinking about it now, it must be around 35yo. :shock:

Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

PostPosted: Tue 02 Oct, 2018 1:37 pm
by digbyg
Agreed, top tent for its time but too heavy now. Currently use a Mont Firefly at half the weight but It'd be marginal in snow. After 30 or so years in the tropics, I'm over snow anyway.