I have been quiet because in the big
picture, the road conditions have remained the same as I last reported.
The main roads are open, the smaller tracks are either closed or
But I have had people asking so I decided to give you a more detailed
report. I don't do that too often because the conditions on smaller tracks can change
too quickly so a detailed report can only be misleading unless I
do it every day. Local rains can temporarily rise creek waters and
close a track within hours.
You get your best information about
the current conditions on a track from other travellers, once you are
on the road.
But I know you want to know while planning, so below is what's
happening right now.
In This Issue:
• Road Conditions Report
• Cheap Camping in Cooktown
• Whale Watching Season Is On
• Guide Book Feedback Always Welcome
The main road north is open and good.
Same for the road to Weipa.
North of Weipa, the road to Mapoon
open and good.
The road to Lockhart
River is open but there have been local rains, and
this is one of the roads where the
small fords can rise within hours. I
once got stuck between two and had to wait about 10 hours for the
waters to go down, so be aware that can happen.
Track is open but challenging.
Telegraph Track is open and not as
wet as it was right in the
beginning of the season. Bypass
Roads are open.
Tip the main roads are open, some smaller tracks are not.
Back down around Cooktown, CREB Track is closed, Battle
Camp Road is good, and Bloomfield
Road is getting graded.
Creek Track is open but could be challening, Old Coen
Track is not good; and Burke
Developmental Road is open but not in the best condition in
The main roads to Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw are open, but the track
between the two is not.
Melville and Starcke
Wakooka Track I have conflicting information on, in case you are
there and know, please let us know!
CAMPING IN COOKTOWN
In the Destination Guide, I previously said that there is
no free or
cheap camping in Cooktown, only caravan parks and other, even more
Well that has changed. You can now
camp along the unsealed Adelaide Street for $5 a night :-)
It's unpowered, of course, and you have to be totally self sufficient,
but at least there is now a cheap option.
has been updated on this and other information. If you already
you can always get the latest version by going back to your original
confirmation message and downloading it
again. As soon as I do any
updates, I upload the latest version there.
WATCHING SEASON IS ON
If you like whale watching, well the
season has oficially started. Cairns
Douglas run whale
But you can watch them for free from
the coast, and some of the good lookout points are Grassy
Hill in Cooktown, Captain
Billy Landing Lookout, and Ussher
Point (bring binoculars).
You can only see them along the
eastern coast, not the west of the peninsula - as they
migrate up north along the eastern (and western) coast of
Australia, during the winter months when the waters get too cool for
them in the south.
They come up here to give birth to their young so you may also see some
baby whales :-)
I really appreciate any kind of feedback
on the Destination Guide.
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.
for this time - happy planning, or happy travelling if you
are already on the tracks!!
Have a great day :-)
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