The most well known creek crossing on the Old Telegraph Track, Gunshot Creek certainly does live up to the hype. Making its rounds on social media, Gunshot Creek has quickly become one of the most famous destinations in Cape York, with the hashtag #overland and #overlander hitting trends.
The beauty about the region is in the ever changing landscape that happens every year. In the wet season you’ll have to prepare yourself for water fording and some mud digging, while dry season witnesses rivers and creeks turning into dusty roads worth adventuring.
Gunshot Creek crossing isn’t really accessible during the wet months, and even during the dry months, you’ll find some sticky and sloppy sections that have accumulated from rain.
Nevertheless, the added challenges aren’t enough to deter adrenaline junkies from taking on the renowned off-road challenge of Gunshot Creek crossing in test of their mettle and metal.
What makes Gunshot Creek an absolute hit for 4WD enthusiasts looking to take on one of the most unique challenges in the 4WD world comes down to the sharp descents of the crossing.
Here are some of our top tips to tackling Gunshot Creek crossing and making your experience an adventure to be remembered.
Realising what you’re up against
If you have a reasonably short wheelbase and low range vehicle with big tyres, the actual danger isn’t that high although the observation factor makes the drop through the roof.
Visually, the obstacle looks absolutely ridiculous no matter what angle you look at it from. Realistically, it’s not as bad as it looks and a 4WD in good condition driven with skill and the right speed in the right conditions should make it through alright.
The crossing is pretty popular which means you’ll unlikely be doing it alone, which can be reassuring in the event you do need help but can also put some pressure on those who aren’t so familiar with the area or lack confidence in their abilities.
Ultimately, when it comes down to it, you need to know what you are capable of to help stay focused on your skills and abilities. Confidence plays a strong part in conquering the Gunshot Creek crossing, as once you take a dip, there’s no way for you to back up from the drop.
Bring along a first aid kit in the event any injuries happen when taking on the challenges.
Know your vehicle
Before considering taking on Gunshot Creek crossing, you need to be in tune with your vehicle and how she operates. From the level of force required to accelerate to how she reacts when you brake and maneuver, you’ll need to know how she performs to ensure that your performance when taking on the drops at Gunshot Creek is optimal.
Ensure that your vehicle is serviced and in good condition beforehand, and that you have all the necessary spare parts including an extra wheel in case anything needs to be fixed.
Always have backup
Taking on the challenge means having a level of commitment that comes with having a backup plan. There aren’t many automotive services this remote in Weipa, meaning that if you get stuck, you’ll need to have someone to torque you out or tow your vehicle.
Plan ahead by going with a group or get in touch with some locals who will be able to set you up with the right services that can come to the rescue should you need help. It isn’t advised that you take on Gunshot Creek Crossing on your own, and ensure that you bring along a satellite phone in the event that you do.
The Northern bank of the creek is where you’ll find several memorabilia hung on trees from those who took on the challenge. What you see is only from the current year as most of it gets washed away during the wet season.
Needless to say, for many, the famous Gunshot Creek crossing is a highlight of Cape York and is often an adventure to be remembered for life.
Wrap up your adventure with a scrumptious feast at the Albatross Bay Resort with waterfront views and exceptional meals that will have you feeling ever more accomplished. From Aussie classics such as premium grilled steaks and locally caught seafood to international cuisines such as prawn linguine, Mediterranean salads, and more, a meal at the Deck Restaurant and Bar is a meal worthy enough for celebrating your achievement crossing Gunshot Creek. Oh, and don’t forget to pair your meal nicely with some cold, fresh beers on tap or with your choice of wines and spirits from a wide range menu.