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Cape York News #062 - Vrilya Point Updates, Bathurst Head Updates, Cape Melville Opens Early
July 28, 2017

Hi everyone, 

We are past the peak of the tourist season and it's already less busy than it was during the June-July school holidays (in case you were wishing for the crowds to go, it's a lot better to come up now!).

Below are the updates about Vrilya Point and Bathurst Head, along with other bits and pieces :-)


In This Issue

• Vrilya Point Updates

• Bathurst Head Updates

• Starcke Track and Cape Melville Area All Open

• Feedback Always Welcome



I am getting lots of questions about Vrilya Point again, because it was said it might open later this year - so here is the unfortunate answer.

On the gate (which was obviously there to stay) - Vrilya's message is very clear. The traditional owners' announcements didn't do, neither did the signs, the gate came along, and - now even the police tape is there - they are very strict about its closure.

Sorry that the wrong-doers have made this needing a mention: These newsletters are subject to the Law of Copyright - the only way to legally spread them is a link to this page or a proper Facebook share. Posting screen shots, downloading photos or copying & pasting text is illegal.

vrilya point police tape
Police tape on Vrilya Point gate, July 2017

The bridge of Crystal Creek is behind the gate, and getting around the bridge alone was never an okay option (just to answer some common reader questions).

The beach is closed, the whole area is closed full stop, and they don't give a lot of hope for the near future either.

There are no plans about when it might open, and the owners say it may well stay closed for the rest of the year or longer.


The Kalpowar people of the Bathurst Head are still getting their paid camping system working. I was hoping to announce in this newsletter but it will have to be the next one

Bathurst Heads Turnoff

The full info about all the camping sites with prices, maps and the maximum length of stay and maximum amount of people/vehicles on each camping site - will be updated in the Destination Guide as soon as they have it all finalised.

You always get the updates included in the price even if you buy before that happens :-)


And the other gem just next door, Cape Melville - was supposed to open on 1. August but opened a fair bit earlier.

Starcke Wakooka Track into Cape Melville National Park

Along with the Starcke Wakooka Track which was also open early, compared to the previous years when its late opening was due to Cyclone Ita (2014) and Cyclone Nathan (2015); and in 2016, that area just had a lot heavier Wet Season than they had this year.


There are two rodeos coming this month - Mt Carbine and Weipa.

Mt Carbine Rodeo 2014

Both are great events that you could plan into your trip if you are around in August :-)


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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