It has been anoher busy
wet season month but I wish I could have been busy writing
another book instead of being busy dealing with the wet season dramas.
This wet season has been
full on and for ourselves so far meant we are into our
third week without power.
For the travellers - right
now it means the PDR is closed and Coen Police are fining
anyone coming through who doesn't have a local Cape York address.
In the longer term, you
do not have to worry (because I get lots of people
asking) - the wet season
impact will be gone by the time most travellers start heading up in June
(and July or after).
In This Issue:
• PDR Closed and Police Is Enforcing
• The Wet 2018 and the Dramas
• Answers about the Trailer Guide
• Feedback Always Welcome
CLOSED AND POLICE IS ENFORCING
Before anything else - at this stage the PDR is closed, and if you come to Road Closure signs
on the PDR north of Laura (or anywhere else by the way), if you ignore them and pass them
you will be caught and fined by the Coen Police.
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).
They have been enforcing the closure since before the Easter, and we still hear up here now, that
travellers have been stopped with on the spot fines of
many hundreds of
dollars (this does exclude locals with a Cape York
WET SEASON 2018
This wet season has been full on - with all the major rivers up
from Jardine in the north to Mt Molloy in the south, and floods in Cairns that were the
worst in a decade
(you can see the reason why my photos are from the NPA this year, and
not from driving up and down the peninsula like during the last Wet
Seasons. We have been stuck, even more than last year).
The road between Bamaga and the Croc Tent this Wet Season
(here is also a video).
lot of travellers are asking - will they now be ok after this 'massive'
Wet Season if they are coming up in April, May, June, July?
The difference between
those months is explained in detail in
to Go" Chapter in the Free
(you should have it if you are subscribed to the newsletters, but if
do not, just give me an email and I will send you one).
And if you got away in
April in the last couple of years - they were a couple of
very light Wet Seasons. They
made this Wet look heavy, but in fact this Wet is
more of a normal one, more how our Wet Seasons should be
and have been when you look at longer periods of time.
The road between Bamaga and the Croc Tent this Wet Season
It means in June and
July you should be fine
- by then the rains should be gone, and rain impact does not last for
(the water itself is usually gone within days after it stops raining,
but it could be longer if there is damage to the roads that
time to repair).
In April and May - one
important thing to consider is the official end of the cyclone
season on the 1. May - which is spot on - with many
cyclones that have happened in late April, closing the
roads and getting people stuck - but none after the early May (the
ones have been in the first days of May). If you travel in April, you
do have the risk of a cyclone, there is no getting away from that fact.
If you travel in May, if there was a late cyclone there might still be
cyclone impact during the first
week of May. But from mid May on your
plan is a lot safer, except that there may still be some late rains.
WET SEASON DRAMAS
back to this Wet Season, and as if it already wasn't wet enough -
Cyclone Nora came and
passed us by in the third week of March.
Cyclone Nora passed us on March 23.
It was first predicted to head down to Karumba and hit as a Category 4,
but ended up hitting the coast near Pormpuraaw
a Cat 3, and then getting to Kowanyama as a Category 2 cyclone.
... and ended up hitting Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama on the
night between March 24 and 25.
As Nora was passing us
- the rains it brought got into our main power board, and blacked out
the whole place with a spectacular light show indeed!
have been with no power ever since (with only so many
town and parts sent up on the barge - there are downsides about living
in the remote paradise!).
ABOUT THE TRAILER GUIDE
upsetting thing for
myself is that during this time I was meant to finish writing the
Guide - but found myself spending days
reorganising our whole
power system to
generators cord by cord, charging batteries and throwing all
food out of fridges and freezers (and it doesn't stop there - with no
proper lights, no air conditioning, and minimal power, being on
generators and batteries - there are not the conditions to
our third week with no power and still not knowing when we will get it
back, I have finally, and with great regret, given up the
trying to get the Trailer Guide out before this season (there
are other updating and business maintenance tasks that need doing
during the coming months), so I am afraid
that the Trailer Guide will
get out before this season is over - but it will be out the very next
thing as soon as I can spare just enough time!
Guide - Coming out next but will not
manage before the 2018 tourist season.
Meanwhile, I do recommend considering, if
you are taking your trailer, and are interested in the information
- many people have got back to me saying that they bought the Caravan
Guide instead - saying that it was worth for the
though they are taking a trailer.
There is info about
the tracks you can get through when towing,
and it does help you to understand
for a trailer. There are the places where you can
your trailer up the Cape to go off
and do the tracks
shouldn't do with the trailer (there are harder tracks
OTT!). What mechanical workshops do fix caravans up the Cape - they
will also be able to fix trailers. Where are the FREE camping spots
(on the Cape and
on your way up here) that
are large enough for caravans - there
are the ones that you cannot
a caravan in - so some of that info also applies for the trailers. And
there are discussions
about roads, and off-road towing capacities etc .. and -
just like the other
supplement - the Dog Guide - the
Caravan Guide is found inside the full Destination Guide :-)
I really appreciate any kind of feedback
on the Destination Guide.
me know if you enjoyed it
while planning before the trip, and
while using the
information once on the
If you get any questions
anything, please feel welcome to contact me.
That's all for this time - happy planning!
Have a great day :-)
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