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Cairns to Cape York in a Polaris RZR


In NSW, we are mostly limited to private properties and there are a couple of options open to the public within 2-3 hours of Sydney. There are some epic options interstate however and one of the Sutto’s owners, Mal recently completed the Cairns to Cape York Trip offered by tour company Ride North, whom look after your registration, trip plan, food and transport your gear every step of the way, whilst guiding you through some of the most iconic tracks Queensland has to offer.

Day One – Wonga, 0kms (Welcome Day)

Our first day involved arrival and scrutineering our SxS’s to ensure they were mechanically sound for the adventures we were about to embark on. Ride North put together an incredible welcome dinner and conducted a detailed driver’s briefing, educating us on the conditions and what to watch out for (crocodiles!)

Credit: Tori Grima

Day Two – Wonga to Cooktown 185kms

We kicked off our adventure driving our RZR 1000 down bitumen roads, an odd and almost uncomfortable experience – they really are made for off-road! We drove north to the Daintree River to our first river (only 2 foot deep) crossing. We then followed the iconic Creb Track, knocking it over within 3 hours, including a stop at Bloomfield Falls.

Day Three – Cooktown to Cooktown 236kms

Known as the ‘Team Building Day” we endeavoured to head across to Cape Flattery through water up to our armpits – this was an epic adrenaline filled experience as these waters are known to have crocs in them! Once we got through we played on the sand dunes before heading back to Cooktown for another night.


Day Four – Cooktown to Kalpawar, 300kms

After a play on the beach we proceeded down the Starcke Track – this was typical outback Australia. Dry, desolate and dust so thick you couldn’t see 1m in front of you.

Day Five – Kalpawar to Coen, 225kms

From here we moved on development roads and fire trails to get to Lama Lama National Park for beach driving and the best campsite of the trip, right on the river bed.

Day Six – Coen to Bramwell Station, 330kms

This day had us follow the renowned Frenchmans Track, with deep river crossings and rutted out 4WD tracks – some of the best driving of the entire trip!

Credit: Tori Grima

Day Seven – Bramwell to Station to Bamiga, 225kms

Today was the pinnacle – every day just got better and better, and then to reach the Tip of Australia in a Polaris RZR 1000 was absolutely incredible. We drove both the famous Telegraph Track and Old Telegraph Track (including a play on Gunshot!) in 6.5 hours with plenty of stops on the way

Day Eight – Bamiga, 0kms

From here we popped up to the tip where we celebrated with a beverage at the northernmost point of Australia. We stayed in Bamiga today to give the SxS’s a little TLC and maintenance. It was a great chance to relax for a day after 7 days driving.

Days Nine to Twelve – Bamiga to Yungaburra over 4 days, 1476kms

These days were mostly fire trail and development roads back to Yungaburra where we sadly said goodbye to our trip organisers, sweeps, cooks and newly made lifelong friends.

Mal’s Thoughts

This was one of the best experiences I have ever had – it is such a privilege to be able to view Australia by driving a Polaris RZR 1000 through some of Queensland’s most iconic tracks. A standing ovation needs to be given to Ride North for their fantastic organisation, atmosphere and food! I am so impressed by the Polaris RZR 1000 and what it was capable of, only doing 1 oil and filter change, 1 air filter change (coupled with use of a S&B Particle Filter) and our belt only being changed at 2500kms. I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who loves off-road adventure, the outdoors and is a SxS enthusiast.

Sound like something you’d be interested in? An exclusive modified Sutto’s trip is in the process of being organised for August 2020! Click here for Details!

Credit: Tori Grima
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