I didn't get to give you a long break - it sure is a busy time of the
year for the newsletters.
Crane has sent a fresh report from the Old
Telegraph Track; the Jardine
River Ferry price has gone up; and there
is a solar eclipse coming!
In This Issue:
• Jardine Ferry Ticket Price Goes Up
• Old Telegraph Track Report Number Two
• Solar Eclipse in Cape York 10. May 2013
• Guide Book Feedback Always Welcome
FERRY TICKET PRICE GOES UP
River Ferry price has gone from the already expensive $90 to $129
vehicle. The Destination
Guide has been updated on that. Laura Roadhouse info was also
updated - it has new owners, prices and phone number.
If you have the Destination
you can always get the latest version by going back to your
original confirmation email and downloading it again; or contacting me
from/with your email address that was linked to your Pay Pal account
when you bought it.
TELEGRAPH TRACK REPORT NUMBER TWO
Alan Crane sent in this report
We have finished the OTT and there is
a couple of spots not accessible at this stage from south end.
passable with winches and 30 metres of
extension strap but advisable not to attempt on own.
We went round after walking it as
still quite soft in the bottom for
heavy vehicles, so we went round and came back from the northern end.
Creek we camped the night there,
lovely and then crossed the
next morning, water bumper high but had to winch out of southern end
before crossing the stream, which has a sharp off camber climb to the
right once across the creek and the flat.
The major problem at this stage has
to be Cockatoo
Creek. I walked it
and it is still 1800 deep and the approach and
departure is diff lock
stuff as it is eroded so badly.
We got out today and with it we have
a broken centre pin in our leaf
springs so we are camped at Loyalty Beach Park, recommend to all.
We crossed on the barge today fares have gone up $130 return for just
one vehicle, kind regards Alan.
Thank you Alan for this report,
which I am sure will be very
handy for many early travellers!!
are Alan's photos and report on the website.
Are YOU out there and have a report,
photos or videos?
Send them in!!!
Future travellers love
to see what it looks like!
And you get your own page on the website :-)
ECLIPSE IN CAPE YORK 10. MAY 2013
We have lately been really lucky up here, the area hasn't had any solar eclipses for
more than 1000 years, and now
we have two within six months, which is very unusual in any
The first was the 2012
solar eclipse, the centre of which went through Pormpuraaw, Palmer
River Roadhouse and the area north of Cairns.
It was a total solar eclipse,
which means that there is a
'total face' where the moon covers the sun
the extent that darkness falls
for a while.
solar eclipse - the one on the 10. May
2013, is an annular eclipse,
which means that it does not go totally dark, however with solar
eclipse glasses you are able to see the moon passing in front of the
As opposed to a partial eclipse, the
moon does go right to the centre
(provided you are watching in a place that is in the centre of the
exact info here), but the moon is just a bit too far from the sun
to cover it enough
that it would
There are people who love the eclipses and chase them all over the
world, but even if you are not one of them, if you happen to be in the area anyway, you
may want to take the chance and watch it as a bonus on your trip.
It will be happening in the morning
of the Friday 10. May
(between 7am and 9am depending on the exact place), and is more or less
on the whole Cape York peninsula (and rest of Queensland as a partial
its centre goes through Kowanyama, and also passes between Coen and Musgrave
need eye protection to watch it,
as you will be looking into the sun, which can permanently damage your
The best thing to do is to
buy specially made eclipse glasses,
they are cheap
If you are in Cairns or Port Douglas, ask at service stations,
supermarkets, corner stores, discount stores (Crazy Clark's, Overflow
etc), and places that sold them before the 2012 solar eclipse and may
have stock left. (Most places did not restock as this eclipse is more
remote and less people will be watching it. If you are on the hunt and
in trouble to find, contact me as I will be having a look around and
may have a better answer a few days later).
Welders goggles (with a rating of 14 or more
only) and a proper solar camera filter can replace the glasses, but not
much else can.
Watching through a stubby or
(even polarised) sunglasses is
not good enough so please don't destroy your eyes!
I really appreciate any kind of feedback
on the Destination
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.
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