From the Lions Den Hotel four of our vehicles headed off for a day on the CREB Track. Our other two vehicles opted for the easier, but equally scenic drive along the Bloomfield Track.
The CREB track was originally constructed as a maintenance track by the Cairns Regional Electricity Board (CREB) to service their power lines. Now it’s a 4WD playground!
Not only will the track test your 4WD and your driving ability, but the scenery is absolutely stunning. For a visually appealing 4WD track, you will find it hard to beat this one.
Looks like a perfect place for a lunch stop …… and the unfortunate disintegrating butterfly event (drones and butterflies don’t go well together!)
The whole CREB Track is only about 70km or so in length and basically runs from the Daintree Village to the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal. Assuming you have no issues on the track, you can easily drive this in a few hours …. although there are places to camp should you wish to spend longer.
This track can be one of the scariest drives you’ll do. The track can change in difficulty significantly, the slightest bit of rain and this can change from a scenic drive to a very scary, dangerous drive. Hence why the track is quite often closed. The CREB is very narrow and steep in places and has numerous creek crossings and the clay base means that once the slightest bit of rain falls, the surface offers absolutely no grip at all.
We first drove this track back in 2013 and it was a slightly overcast day and we did get a few spots of rain which added to our apprehension. We weren’t quite sure what to expect of the track as it was, so rain wasn’t something we were excited about! We were definitely able to see why they close this track in the wet.
The track passes through World Heritage rainforest and eucalypt woodlands and the views are spectacular. It really is a rewarding drive, both for 4WDing and visually.
The longest and deepest water crossing on the CREB Track is the Daintree River. It’s not a hard crossing and the base is fairly solid, but it’s always fun!
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