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Cape York News #060 - PDR Road Report, Lakefield Is Opening, Bathurst Head Updates
June 10, 2017

Hi everyone,

From the latest trip from Weipa to Cairns - here is the PDR :-)

Also Lakefield National Park is opening for the season, and Bathurst Head has updates.


In This Issue

• PDR Weipa to Lakeland

• Lakefield National Park Is Opening

• Bathurst Head Updates

• Feedback Always Welcome



So here is the PDR starting in the Weipa end (just a reminder because so many have it wrong - PDR is the road between Lakeland and Weipa - not the Tip!).

The start after Weipa was very good, with a very smooth surface.

weipa to archer river

It later turned a little worse, but not a lot - mostly minor corrugations, pot holes and dust holes.

Myall Creek is all down as one would expect this time of the season.

myall creek crossing

Archer River likewise, and the Archer River Roadhouse is open until late (they are mostly completely closed during the Wet Season).

archer river crossing

Archer to Coen is usually the worst bit but was surprisingly good now.

A few corrugations in the corners, a few dust holes and some rough surface but not much - the worst problem was cattle on the road night time!

archer river to coen

Coen to Musgrave is always dusty and was so this time.

Few trucks, some roadwork and some cattle. Still a bit of water in the streams too (but was actually a little more in the Archer to Coen section).

coen to lukin river

South of Lukin River was some of the worst - corrugations and dust holes.

lukin river to musgrave

Musgrave to Hann River is first newly sealed, and then there were some fairly rough corrugations (that got better in the southern parts of that section).

musgrave to hann river

Hann River to Laura was pretty bad with corrugations and dust holes - the southern end of that section was some of the worst of the whole PDR.

hann river to laura


The southern half of Lakefield National Park is opening (with the exception of a few camping sites but by far the most are opening now and the roads through have opened).

lakefield national park


The northern side of the park is expected to open in July this year.

There is also a shower facility closure at the Kalpowar Crossing camping ground until about 15. June (which will include some building noise) due to an upgrade.


There are also some updates about the Bathurst Head area.

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bathurst head kalpowar land

I have been contacted by the local Kalpowar Aboriginal people saying that they are now regulating the camping sites and new rules will apply.

All the detail about Bathurst Head will be updated in the Destination Guide by 1. July 2017.


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, and happy travels to those on the road!!

Have a great day :-)


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