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Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

Postby ofuros » Sun 26 Aug, 2018 4:01 pm

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.

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https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/mangkalba/

Teaser pics to come...
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Re: Cedar Bay track

Postby bigkev » Sun 26 Aug, 2018 7:57 pm

Looking forward to the pics. Cedar Bay is definitely on my ever expanding 'to do' list.
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Re: Cedar Bay track

Postby ofuros » Sun 26 Aug, 2018 8:49 pm

Hi BigKev, winging my way home on a late flight as I type this, will post a couple of pics tomorrow.
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Re: Cedar Bay track

Postby ofuros » Mon 27 Aug, 2018 7:26 am

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.
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Re: Cedar Bay Track, FNQ

Postby ofuros » Mon 27 Aug, 2018 9:11 am

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

Postby ofuros » Mon 27 Aug, 2018 3:53 pm

As usual...a few more pics here. :wink:

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Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

Postby bigkev » Wed 29 Aug, 2018 12:50 pm

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.

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Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

Postby ofuros » Wed 29 Aug, 2018 1:15 pm

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.

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Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

Postby ofuros » Wed 29 Aug, 2018 1:21 pm

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.
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Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

Postby Tekker76 » Sun 16 Sep, 2018 1:08 am

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.
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Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

Postby ofuros » Sun 16 Sep, 2018 5:40 am

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.

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Re: Cedar Bay Track, Far North Qld

Postby Tekker76 » Sun 16 Sep, 2018 8:36 pm

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)
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