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Cape York News #067 - Season's Greetings, Road Report, Destination Guide 2018 Out Shortly
December 29, 2017

Hi everyone,

It's been lovely to be back home after this year's tracks, enjoying Christmas and updating the Destination Guide for the 2018 edition (which will be out shortly!).

I do have a road report, so that is below, plus I hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you an Amazing 2018 !!!


In This Issue

• Season's Greetings

• Road Report

• Destination Guide 2018 Will Be Out Shortly

• Feedback Always Welcome



In the simple outdoors Cape York style, we had a little christmas tree on Alau Beach in Umagico, and I am sure that yours was a whole lot bigger and more impressive !! :-)

cape york christmas

I really hope that You had a lovely Christmas and that you are in for an amazing New Year :-)


I also have a road report from my last drive up along the PDR, and all in all the road was very good, and mostly graded

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 (cropping text and photos out of it to use them to build one's own Facebook post is ILLEGAL).

laura to musgrave december 2017
Laura to Musgrave

The southernmost end - Laura to Musgrave - was a little corrugated in places, but nothing bad. The roadworks north of Laura had proceeded a lot since I last drove past about a month earlier.

musgrave to coen december 2017
Musgrave to Coen

Musgrave to Coen was worse, and it's always a dusty stretch - so the main problem was dustholes, and I don't have photos of the worst ones, it finally got too dark to take photos.

coen to archer december 2017
Coen to Archer

Coen to Archer is always a bad section, and it was no different this time - it was the worst of the whole road, mainly with dustholes.

telegraph road december 2017
Telegraph Road

Archer to Bamaga turnoff is now all sealed; and after the Bamaga turnoff (what's called the Telegraph Road), was mostly excellent.

southern bypass road december 2017
Southern Bypass

Southern Bypass was mostly very good, except some corrugations in the many bends that this road has.

northern bypass road december 2017
Northern Bypass

Northern Bypass was mostly good, except the northern end, which always is quite badly corrugated (and again, the photo above is not of the worst corrugations).


While the PDR stays open until a river goes up high enough to cut it off - many other, smaller roads get closed for the whole wet season.

This year, many of the roads that got closed first are in the Lakefield area, Palmerville area, and in the central south of the peninsula.

In the Lakefield area - the Marina Plains Road, the road into Cape Melville, the northern section of Starcke Wakooka Road, and the Lakefield Road (which is the one through the Laura and Kalpowar ranger stations) are closed, while Battle Camp Road, and the southern section of the Starcke Wakooka Road are still open.

killarney road
The junction of Kimba and Killarney Road

In the Palmerville area - Whites Creek Road, Maytown to Palmerville Road, and Fairview - Palmerville Road are closed.

In the central southern parts of the peninsula - Killarney Road, Dixie to Kimba, and Kimba to Gamboola are closed, while the ones around Koolatah are still open at this stage.  


And last but not least - I have been (and still am) very busy updating the 2018 Destination Guide and it's got some good updates and improvements :-)

I am working on having it out on the Saturday 6. January at the latest - and I will send a newsletter as soon as it is out :-)

destination cape york

The Caravan Booklet is still planned to come out in February, and the Camper Trailer Booklet in March. And both will be available to you no matter when you buy the main guide :-)

And finally and once again - I wish you the best of what's left of this year - and a Wonderful 2018 !!!


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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