Thanks for subscribing - here is the very first newsletter of
I only started to put this website together about a year
(have owned the domain since a few years back but didn't get started
earlier), and ever since I started I have been flat out with travels
and writing, so there has been no time for newsletters.
Finally now, I am ready for it.
I know it's a bit late as most of the roads are open and the season has
started, and I was particularly planning to give you updates on how the
road openings were progressing.. but I will get to do it properly next
I am not planning to make this newsletter monthly, not even regular.
I will write when there is something to say, when there are updates to
make about Cape York's
road conditions, businesses, events,
campsites, weather and so on.....
I will also let everyone know about interesting reader
And I will let you know any news about my guide books
- when they are updated and if a new book is coming out.
In This Issue:
• New National Parks Rules Starting from this Season.
• Current Road Closures
• The Best Events in Cape York
• The Pocket Guide and the Destination Guide Are Out!
THE NEW NATIONAL PARKS RULES STARTING FROM THIS SEASON
Until the last season it was easy to include national park camping
grounds into your trip. All you had to do was to pull up at a
self registration station, put cash into an
envelope, and put your
Not any more. From February 2012 all Cape York national parks
changed back to the old pre-booking system (you can book online, or
by ringing 13 74 68).
This is not funny because
it is impossible for Cape York travellers to plan ahead precisely
enough to know what day you'd be at a particular national park. Even if
you did, the stress would take the fun out of your trip.
So what choices do we have?
If you have mobile phone or internet reception, you can make a booking
at your arrival. But the thing is, in most national parks you have no
internet or mobile phone reception.
Of course, if you don't mind a little bit of planning during the trip,
you can always make a booking as you approach a national park, once you
are sure when you'd get there, and while you happen to be in the
or phone reception.
Telstra Next G has the
best reception, in all larger towns, as well as
Weipa and the Northern Peninsula Area. But still, the most of the
peninsula is out of their coverage too. There are also public phones in
all townships and Aboriginal communities.
If you cannot book, you have no choice but camp outside the park.
The good news is, that is often FREE :-)
(Details about the spots near each national park are in the Visit
Cape York Destination Guide, along with other FREE camping spots
all around the peninsula).
CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES
The main road up - the Peninsula Developmental Road
(which in fact goes to Weipa
and not to the
Tip) - is of course open by now.
But what about other roads.. from south to north:
Bloomfield Road and CREB Track
Road is open. CREB Track is closed right now, but
may open soon by the sounds of it.
It's a great four wheel drive track, the
only thing is, it's often closed.
Roads to Cape Melville
It's too early to go to Cape
Wakooka Track, which starts from Battlecamp
Road and goes to Wakooka is closed.
The road from Musgrave, that goes via Lakefield
National Park, is open but very slow going yet. And the last bit
into Cape Melville, after Wakooka,
Roads to Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama
The road from Musgrave
to Pormpuraaw is open. The road from Chillagoe
to Kowanyama is open. The track between Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw is
Roads to Lockhart River, Portland Roads and Iron Range National Park
Both the main road to Lockhart
River, Portland Roads and Iron Range National Park; and the 4WD Frenchman's
Road are now open.
Telegraph Road, Bypass Roads and the Old Telegraph Track
Roads and the Old
Telegraph Track are all open.
Northern Peninsula Area
The main roads to the
Tip, Somerset and Punsad Bay are open. The track from Roma Flats to
Bay is open but very wet and boggy.
THE BEST EVENTS IN CAPE YORK
The three big, famous, much-photographed events in Cape York are held
The Cooktown Discovery Festival is held in June every year and
is a fantastic event with re-actment of the arrival of Captain James
Cook and his interaction with the local Aboriginal People. The
three-day festival has been held for 50 years
and includes, apart from
the re-actment, a parade, fireworks, exhibitions, markets, movies and
musical entertainment. Admission is FREE but donations are welcome.
Unfortunately, for this year, the event is done. But I will be in
better time informing you about the date next year.
Laura Dance Festival is the largest Indigenous festival in
Australia and it's great. It's held biannually, and the next one is in
2013, I'll let you know about the date in time. In alternate years the
festival is replaced by Laura Rodeo and Horse Races, which are held on
29. June - 1. July this year. The races admission is about $15 per
Torres Strait Cultural Festival is another great Indigenous
event, and even this is held every second year, and replaced by Torres
Strait Music Festival in alternate years. The Cultural Festival is held
this year - on the 21. September, and admission is FREE.
CAPE YORK TRAVEL POCKET GUIDE IS FINALLY OUT!
And finally - the Destination
Guide has been out for a little while, and now the Pocket
Guide is finally out too! Some of you already have it, but
if you were an early subscriber, before the pocket guide was
out, I promised that you will still get the guide once it's out.
My plan was to include it in this newsletter. But now, due to the
technical side of it, I decided that I will email it to you in a
separate email where I will attach the guide. The email should get to
you some time quite shortly after you received this newsletter. So
expect it, and if you didn't get it, please let me know.
for this time. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any
Also, don't forget to write about
your travels, and/or ask questions at Cape York Forums
(the only reason for the small amount of submissions there is that the
site is new and was not made interactive too long ago).
You will build your own page on this website, with your own photos and story - a
great way to publish your trip report to show to friends and family!
Yep, you can also add photos and videos to your story (You can upload four
photos, if you want to add more, send them to me as email attachments.
Also, videos I have to add
manually too, so just email them to me, for example by answering to any
newsletter, and I'll
put them up on your page).
So bring your camera, and bring your video camera/phone/whatever that
takes videos and film the greatest fun and river crossings :-)
(You can write about any place in Cape York, or the whole trip if you
wish, any story is good, not only the subjects that are suggested on
I would love to hear about your trip, and we all love to read reader
submissions and stories!!!
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