It was a relatively early start to tackle day 2 of the Tele Track. We’d all had so much fun the day before and everyone was excited to see what day 2 would bring …. and all a little nervous about the infamous Nolan’s!
Canal Creek was the first crossing we came to straight after leaving the campground. This is a fairly tricky crossing with plenty of obstacles to tackle. It’s full of slippery mud, water and rocky pot holes … it really is one crossing that can test your 4WDing ability, but it’s also a lot of fun. Once we got through the first part Shelly took a walk to navigate the crossing, find the best route and directed the 4WD’s through.
The next few crossings – Sam Creek, Mistake Creek, Cannibal Creek and Cypress Creek are all fairly close together. Cypress Creek is the crossing that has a so-called bridge to cross it. This bridge consists of some old logs that have been placed across the creek and this bridge has certainly seen better days. Numerous logs were broken, the middle was very sparse and the front had been packed with sticks and branches, but these rolled away after each vehicle crossing. The sound of logs and sticks cracking as you drive over this bridge doesn’t really fill you with confidence! The bridge itself isn’t very wide so you really do need to worry about where you are positioning those tyres or you may quite easily end up over the side.
Logans Creek is a relatively unknown creek, you rarely hear anyone mention this one, but it’s actually one of the deepest crossings on the whole track. It’s deep, swampy and murky and it looks like a crocodiles perfect home ….. but when we got one of our 4WD’s stuck halfway across, that’s the last thing you think of as recovery mode kicks in!
Luckily it was a quick recovery and, other than water on the floor inside the 4WD, there were no issues at all. After seeing this occur, the BT50 wasn’t taking any chances!
Before we knew it we had arrived at Nolan’s Brook (also known as Bridge Creek). We all parked up and took a walk down to watch some other 4WD’s cross, while we all decided if we would tackle it or not. You see, this particular crossing claims numerous vehicles every single year. The base is soft and sandy and picking the right line can literally mean the difference between making it across or drowning your car!
Just as we arrived, there was someone sitting sideways, stuck halfway across. After them being rescued, another 4WD attempted to cross and we watched as it went from driving to floating (floating is not something you want to do in a 4WD!).
This really didn’t give us a great feeling, but some of the guys offered to hang around while our first vehicle went through so they could snatch from the front if needed. We all decided we’d give it a go and with snatch straps all hooked up ready in case they were needed, one by one we went across ….. and all made it without any dramas!
Crossing Nolan’s …… Another thing marked off the bucket list!
We all then stopped at Nolan’s for lunch and the kids had a swim – there is a great little swimming area with crystal clear water, it’s actually quite a beautiful area. Many people swim at Nolan’s so no-one thought anything of it ….. but we did hear later that a crocodile had been sighted in the area …. oops, luckily no children were eaten during our visit!
Before we headed off to the Jardine River Ferry we wanted to go and find the old Jardine River crossing. Until the ferry was introduced, vehicles had to drive across the Jardine River. Not something I’d be wanting to do nowadays, the Jardine is filled with saltwater crocodiles and wading across metre-plus deep water to check the depth and conditions does not seem like a great idea to me!
Nowadays there is the Jardine River Ferry which takes you across the river for a cost of $100 return. It is expensive when you see the distance you travel, but hey, if it stops us being crocodile bait, it’s all good!
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