It's been a little farther between the newsletters this Wet Season
than on an average year.
It's been because I've been extremely busy answering the email
questions at the same time as I've
been writing some extra booklets (the Doggie
Book was only the first one!)
And on top of that, the
prices have now been all updated in the Destination Guide; and
- below is also the rest of this month's report: a little
of this Wet Season :-)
In This Issue:
• This Season and the Weather
• Prices Updated in the Destination Guide
• Feedback Always Welcome
SEASON AND THE RECENT WEATHER
The 2016-2017 Wet Season has been
most definitely the biggest one within the last couple of years.
If you remember, or even look back to the back issues of these
newsletters - in the
last couple of years we were missing the Wet, the
hot weather just continued as a long build-up as there was no proper
wet season to come and put a cloud cover on it to cool the
Last year we were able to drive down to Cairns every month,
while this year,
most of the time we have been cut off by
rivers, sometimes more than one of them closing the PDR at
The end of the Wet is
also late compared to the last year when there
were more travellers up here this time of the year (and as I write
there is still a
category three cyclone off the Kimberley coast - only two days
before the official end of the cyclone season!).
Jardine River high up, April 2017.
It's lately been particularly wet
up the tip where we live (with the satellite maps of most
of April showing rains on the northern third of the peninsula and not
To the point
lately, where the Jardine
Ferry was closed some days this week - because the river
was too high for it to operate.
There have been some
massive rains just very lately, mainly on and
around the ANZAC Day - Loyalty was flooded, a bridge to Somerset was
broken, and Punsand Bay lost power from a lightening
Loyalty Beach Campground on ANZAC Day 2017.
So when we went for a drive up to the tip a few days after the ANZAC,
the road was wet,
Bamaga to Lockerbie right after the ANZAC Day
... but later towards the Somerset turnoff it literally turned into a
creek - watch
the video here :-)
Lockerbie to the Tip, right after the ANZAC Day (2017)
The worst of the waters
goes down within days after the rains, and the
skies are clear again at the moment.
Even though the weather
can still quickly change - if you are coming up
this time of the year, have enough time in case you get stuck behind a
flooded river, and be aware that
you might be camping in the rain.
UPDATED IN THE DESTINATION GUIDE
For myself it has been another busy month
- working hard is the best way to get through the Wet Season :-)
The prices have all been
updated in the Destination Guide
something I do every year in April (I cannot do it with the January
updates, as most of the the local businesses only announce
their prices for the year in the end of the Wet Season, mostly by 31.
March, so April is the earliest time to do these updates reliably).
There is also a little bit of room for error in the info I am
there are always some places that I cannot reach (they might
have phone line down or they might be away for the wet season, which is
their quiet season and the time for them to go on holidays to the
But 99% of the prices have been updated and are correct - if you
already have the Guide you need to download again (go back
original purchase confirmation email and download again - the updated
version is now up there), and if you run out of downloads and you
bought within the last year give me an email and I will send you a copy
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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