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Cape York News #066 - BDR Road Report, NP Closures, Campertrailer Booklet with the Destination Guide
November 24, 2017

Hi everyone,

It's been a busy couple of months on the roads and tracks for myself, doing the field work for the 2018 updates. The unseasonal rains did cause delays and even stopped me from doing some things that I had planned to do this year.

They also caused some early national park closures, and affected the roads - below is the BDR - Burke Developmental Road :-)


In This Issue

• BDR Road Report

• National Park Closures

• Camper Trailer Booklet with the Destination Guide

• Feedback Always Welcome



While the October rains did not quite turn into an early Wet Season, it still keeps being a little rainy in places - definitely a big difference from the last year, and we do see the impact.

Sorry that some 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, copying and pasting text, and downloading and publishing any of these photos is ILLEGAL (yes, even on Facebook).

Driving through the Burke Developmental Road last week, it was not surprising that the western end was the worst.

bdr normanton to dunbar

It might well have rained more in that end, but regardless of the amount of the rain - the Normanton to Dunbar section is always the worst. It's got different soil from the rest of the BDR - that is more dusty when dry, gets more boggy when wet, and seems to let the water to penetrate slower than the rest of this road.

bdr dunbar to drumduff

The section from Dunbar to Drumduff turnoff still had the bog holes like on the photo above, but the soil is different, the bogholes are smaller, and the road is wider so it was a whole lot easier to get around them.

bdr drumduff to strathaven

From the Drumduff turnoff to the Strathleven turnoff it got a lot better when it comes to the bog holes, but it still had some corrugated bits (most of the BDR has been graded since I was through a month earlier - this section was very heavily corrugated in mid October).

bdr strathaven to chillagoe

The Chillagoe end was the best and always is - this is the BDR in a nutshell pretty much any time after the rains, and is roughly what it is like during the early months in the Dry season, like May.


The unseasonal rains also affected some national parks, and as the small tracks got wet and boggy, it stopped me from doing all I wanted to do this year in Lakefield National Park and Cape Melville.

lakefield national park closed

An early wet season closure has been put in place in Cape Melville, due to unsafe and inaccessible road conditions; and in Lakefield, the following camp grounds got closed: Seven Mile, Orange Plain Waterhole, Melaleuca Waterhole, Bottom Whiphandle, Top Whiphandle, Hanush’s waterhole, Bizant River, Basin Hole and Brown Creek. 

All of the other camp grounds are predicted to remain open until the end of this month, weather permitting - what this Wet might bring will be interesting, as this national park more usually closes in mid December :-)


And last but not least - I have decided to work even harder through the coming Wet Season, and also try to manage to make a Camper Trailer Booklet.

destination cape york trailer

There is a difference between taking one of these (regarding lots of things, including where you can get in, and what to consider) - and taking a caravan.

The plan is to have this out in the end of March, and like with any other booklets - you will still get it once it comes out, even if you buy the main Destination Guide now - so there is no need to wait until March if you want to strart planning now:-)


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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