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Cape York News #041 - Happy New Year, PDR Gets Impassable, 2016 Destination Guide Will Be Out Soon
January 01, 2016

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year - I hope you had a great one !!!

There are a couple of bits of news - the Peninsula Developmental Road is getting impassable, and I also have a report on some other roads.

Also the 2016 updated version of the Destination Guide will be out soon. If you bought recently, do not worry :-)


In This Issue

• PDR Is Getting Impassable

• Other Roads - Report

• Destination Guide 2016 Will Be Out Soon

• Feedback Always Welcome



While we have enjoyed mostly cloudless skies and sunny weather in the Northern Peninsula Area, further down the peninsula it has rained more.

The Daintree and Lakefield National Park areas have had a fair bit of rain, and Little Laura River got flooded a couple of days before the New Year's Eve.

little laura river
Photo by Heather Markcrow - thank you :-)

It is not a time to travel but locals still need to get around, and so people have been stuck, waiting for days for the flood waters to go down.

The PDR itself is also getting wet, slippery and chopped up, shows a video by Greg Peet and his family - some of the Weipa guys who were stuck behind the river.

The video is taken near Hann River Roadhouse on their way home, and according to Greg the road was sometimes even worse.

Video by Greg Peet and Family - thank you :-)

It is a reminder that it is not a good time of the year to come for a trip, as these kinds of conditions will now continue (on and off from one place to another) throughout the Wet Season, even along the main roads.


Other roads are also getting closed, so here is a little report:

Peninsula Developmental Road now has a 5 tonne limit.

Gulf and Burke Developmental Roads are open.

Mossman to Daintree Road is open, Rex Highway (from Bruce Highway to Mt Molloy via Julatten) is closed.

Bloomfield Road and Battlecamp Road were closed but are now open, both with 5 tonne limits.

Dixie Road, Pormpuraaw Road, Fairview-Palmerville Road, Whites Creek Road, Starcke Wakooka Track, Port Stewart Road, Running Creek area and Lakefield Roads are closed.

Palmerville-Maytown, Kendall River Road, Telegraph Road and Portland Roads Road are open.

bamaga road
Bamaga Road during the late Dry, November 2015.

Aurukun Road, Bamaga Road and Batavia Roads have 5 tonne limit.


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And yes, I have been working on the yearly updates to the Destination Guide, and they should be ready very soon - so the 2016 freshly updated version should be out next week :-)

I will send a newsletter once it is done, but if you want to start reading earlier, it does not matter if you buy before the updated version is out - you will get the new, 2016 version included in the price.

Also if you bought recently - please do not worry, you will get the new, 2016 version included in the price, without any hassles (or even having to contact me).


I really appreciate any kind of feedback on the Destination Guide.

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!!

Have a great day :-)


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