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Cape York News #061 - Road Report, Oyala Thumotang Opening, Bathurst Head Updates
June 30, 2017

Hi everyone,

Here is the latest report from the road to the Tip.

Also Oyala Thumotang National Park is partly opened for the season, and I have updated the latest I was told from Bathurst Head.


In This Issue

• Main Road to the Tip

• Oyala Thumotang National Park Is Opening

• Bathurst Head Updates

• Feedback Always Welcome



So from my latest drive from Cairns to Bamaga: Laura to Lukin River was pretty much the worst part of the road, with corrugations and dust holes.

laura to hann river

Lukin to Coen was better, there were road works south of Coen which took some time to get through.

coen to archer river

Coen to Archer was bumpy, hilly as always, corrugations and dust holes - definitely second worst after the southern part.

musgrave to coen

Archer to Bamaga turnoff - excellent as always and mostly sealed (there was some road work north of Archer).

archer river to bamaga turnoff

Bamaga turnoff to Bramwell - excellent, there are only one or two creek crossings still that you need to slow down for.

bamaga turnoff to bramwell

North of Bramwell - Southern Bypass Road - fairly good, some corrugation in the bends.

southern bypass road

Northern Bypass not so good, more corrugated, particularly towards the northern end.

northern bypass road


Oyala Thumotang National Park is opening and the following camping areas are already open for the season: Jerry Lagoon, Twin Lagoons One, Twin Lagoons Two, Ten Mile Junction, Old Archer Crossing, Mango Lagoon One, Mango Lagoon Two, First Coen River, Second Coen River, and Chong Swamp.

oyala thumotang national park

And the following Camping areas are not opened quite yet but should open soon: Vardons Lagoon, Governors Waterhole and Horsetailer Waterhole, which are the ones in the most western, remotest parts.


So the Bathurst Head updates.

What they said to me they are not ready with their booking system.

They have said that there will be one established in the next couple of weeks, they weren't able to give a definitive date but suggested that by the 1st of August this year it should be operational.

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bathurst heads camping

Full detail has been updated in the Destination Guide including the camping grounds with a map, how many people / vehicles each take and all the prices.

As well as what applies before they get their payment system working :-)


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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