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Cape York News #064 - PDR Road Report, Skardon River to Close for Mining
September 29, 2017

Hi everyone,

Skardon River is going to close for mining from the next year, so if you still want to do it - do it now :-)

Below are also the latest PDR report, and some coming events.


In This Issue

• Skardon River to Close for Mining

• PDR Road Report

• Coming Events

• Feedback Always Welcome



One of our favourite spots - Skardon River, on the north western coast of the peninsula - will be closed for mining from the next year.

It will be closed for something like 20 years - so if you still want to do it before it shuts, the rest of this year is the time to do it!

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skardon river mining

While the news itself is not super fresh, it's been confirmed that the camping spots will still be open until this season runs out - full detail about permits and all is in the Destination Guide :-)


Below is a report of the PDR (which is the road from Lakeland to Weipa, not to the Tip!) from a little earlier this month.

weipa to bamaga turnoff

Starting from the north, the Weipa end was bad with corrugations.

bamaga turnoff to archer

From Bamaga turnoff to Archer River Roadhouse the road was almost completely sealed, except two small sections in the southern end, where there were roadworks.

archer to coen

Archer to Coen is always a bad section, and was horrible with heavy corrugations and dust holes.

coen to musgrave

Coen to Musgrave started off good
- newly sealed first, and then a graded section, but half way down started getting more corrugated, and dusty - which that section always is.

musgrave to laura

Musgrave to Laura was very bad all the way, with major corrugations and dust holes, and roadworks in the southern end.

All in all the worst sections were - this, plus Coen to Archer and the Weipa end.


There are a few events still happening, even though the season is coming to its end.

lizard island marlin classic cooktown

All are always in the Destination Guide, on the above photo is the Lizard Island Marlin Classic 2014 in Cooktown :-)


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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