It's been a hot and mostly very dry month, with more than average fires on the
National parks are closing for the season, and - Vrilya Point has a gate
- because people did not respect the road
- during the coming Wet Season - I am planning to get busy writing a
separate booklet with detailed info for those travelling with caravans
In This Issue:
• Vrilya Point Has a Gate
• National Parks Close
• Fires and Weather Prediction
• Caravan Booklet with the Destination Guide
• Feedback Always Welcome
POINT HAS A GATE
So the story
of Vrilya Point continues, and the current stage is that there is a gate at the road
entrance from the Bypass Road.
It is there until the decisions have been made about Vrilya Point's future.
The gate at Vrilya Point.
It does not
necessarily mean that they will close it forever, but is there because the current closure has
Over the time,
closure signs have been taken down by travellers,
which has upset the rangers and traditional owners who have
even asked the police to patrol and take action with
area went back to the Indigenous owners in early 2015, and it is up to
them to make the decision about when or even if it will open again.
Travellers need to remember that up here it is indigenous country and if we don't respect the signs,
announcements about the closures, places
can get closed down
and we can lose some of our favourite spots.
Also national parks are
closing for the season, like always this time of the year.
Thumotang and Palmer
River Goldfields have all been closed a couple of
days ago on the 1. December, and Lakefield should
close within the next month (the date has not been announced yet).
FIRES AND THE WEATHER PREDICTION
wise, it has
been very hot, and mostly
very dry up here.
It is normal for this time of the year that the fires are around, but this year the fires have been
worse than average.
Smoke on the PDR - been a very usual sight lately.
Within the last month, the fires were quite bad around Cooktown, and
reportedly as much as one
fifth of the peninsula has been burned this year.
And while we are very
much in need of rains (and there have been scattered
showers in some
places, and the south eastern parts have been wetter), this month's
report of the Bureau of
Meteorology predicts a drier than average December and January
- despite the earlier forecasts about an
"early and normal wet
BOOKLET WITH THE DESTINATION GUIDE
that, it's very quiet and there are almost no travellers.
The quiet season is a great season for us locals to get around, most
people get more time off to enjoy our own fun.
Out and about on the local roads :-)
I have also been spending lots of time on the updates in the books,
and it looks like I might even manage to add a caravan booklet this
It means the Destination Guide should have two
additional booklets from
this year on - "Taking
Your Caravan" and "Taking
Your Dogs" - and I am planning on some more booklets in
the future :-)
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
If you get any questions
anything, please feel welcome to contact me.
That's all for this time - happy planning, and happy travels to
those on the road!!
Have a great day :-)
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