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Driving the Old Telegraph Track

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by LiamR (subscribe)
Freelance Copywriter from Sydney currently based in Hamburg, Germany.
Published August 21st 2018
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For me, nothing clears the head and melts away the worries of a week in the office quite like offroading. For as long as I can remember, I've been using every long weekend to discover Australia's spectacular 4x4 trails. Fortunately, after more than 20 years of trying, I'm nowhere near exhausting all of the offroad options available but I do have my favourite that I'll return to time and time again, the Old Telegraph Track in Queensland is definitely one of them.

The amount of enjoyment derived from driving the Old Telegraph Track is purely subjective, in that it really depends on how much you are willing to push the limits of your vehicle. Known (and revered) as one of Australia's most technically challenging offroad trails, the Old Telegraph Trail snakes through the ancient rainforest in Australia's Cape York Peninsula - how far you go is completely up to you, but for the brave this could mean ending up in the northernmost point of Australia.

Not just limited to the 4x4 track itself, what sets this destination apart from most of Australia's top 4x4 retreats is the sheer isolation. A single dirt road snakes through the area, with accommodation and food limited to what you can fit in your boot. Petrol stations and service station centres - all of which are priced to their remote location - are hundreds of km apart, so you'll need to be organised.

The track is roughly 200km in length and includes just about every obstacle you could imagine. A proper 4x4 checklist, appropriate vehicle and supplies will be needed before embarking on the Old Telegraph Track. The remoteness and the technical difficulty of the track means that a 4x4 mistake that would set you back a few hours on an urban trail could mean dire consequences.
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Where: Old Telegraph Track (formerly known as The Overland Telegraph Line)
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