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Cape York News, Issue #004 -- Happy 2013, Latest Wet Ever, Dengue Fever in Cairns
January 14, 2013

Hi everyone,

Finally time for a newsletter as the new season is ahead :-)

The end of the last one was busy for me, on some Cape York tracks, later having visitors, and then Christmas - New Year.

Hope everyone had a good one and if it's not too late - Happy New Year!

I am so looking forward to the new season and what it has to bring - the most obvious thing so far is the latest start of the Wet Season that we remember - so the start of the coming Dry is anyone's guess!


In This Issue:

• The Latest Start of the Wet Ever

• Dengue Fever in Cairns

• Updates to the Book and the Website

• Thanks Everyone for Feedback, Trip Reports



It's a known fact that in the past years, the Wet season has been starting later than it used to.

Ten years ago, the early-season storms would be brewing in October-November, and the late-season moonsoonal rains had usually rolled in some time in December.

(If you are interested, read more about the early and late wet and other seasons, all the links open in a new window).

In the last five years or so, that pattern has been happening about a month later, and we have even got used to that.

But the current season is playing a new trick on us. It is mid January and the early-season storms have hardly started!

It is unheard of that the main road up is still open this time of the year!

That makes us wonder, when will the coming Wet Season end, so that the travellers can get up to the Cape again?

We have previously seen that a late start means a late end - not skipping the season.

But then again, the only sure thing about our Wet Season has always been that it's impossible to predict.

I'll let you know in the coming months' newsletters how the Wet Season is going.

Keep an eye on this if you are planning a trip in the early Dry Season. It may well force you to delay your trip.


In the past couple of months, Cairns has been on the news with the current dengue fever outbreak. It's one of the bigger ones, which has added up to at least 20 cases as I am writing this.

First - Dengue Fever is very different from Ross River Virus.

Ross River Virus is found in the whole Australia, while Dengue is only found in Queensland, including Cape York (however Dengue is much bigger world-wide).

Ross River Virus is the one that is known for "coming back every year or so", while Dengue is known for potentially being much more dangerous, because it can develop to conditions that can become life threatening.

(If you are interested, read more about Dengue Virus and Ross River Virus in Australia).

Second - You don't need to be scared or consider changing your plans to travel to Cape York, or Cairns.

Statistically it's still a tiny number compared to Cairns population (153,000), without even counting travellers.

You can easily avoid Dengue by the simplest mosquito caution - use repellent, and enough of it, when you know you are exposed to mosquitoes.

You can keep an eye on current Dengue outbreaks - by the time you travel to Cape York this outbreak is most likely out.


This website is still only new, running only for the second season, and hasn't managed to get many reader stories and submissions yet.

But there are already some really nice ones, below are the latest gems, from Jodie and Anna - thank you!

The Old Telegraph Track Adventure

I Will Always Miss Cooktown

You can, and are very much encouraged, to write your own.


Our own adventures during the 2012 season took us to CREB Track, some backtracks around Mt Carbine (Mount Lewis NP and others), parts of Kendall River Road and Lakefield National Park, and the Princess Charlotte Bay area.

All those and some others were updated in the Destination Guide as well as on the website.

(People who bought the Destination Guide already know about it and were sent the updates as they were made in November 2012. If you bought the book after that, you already have the latest version).


I really appreciate any kind of feedback on the guide book.

Please let me know if you enjoyed it while planning before the trip, and while using the information once on the trip.

If you get any questions about anything, please feel welcome to contact me.

That's all for this time - happy planning, and, till the next newsletter if I don't hear from you.

Have a great day,


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