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Cape York News #072 - PDR Open, But Still Need to Watch the Rivers If You Are Coming Up Now
April 13, 2018

Hi everyone,

It is just a short newsletter to note that the Coen Police have now opened the road.

Sorry to those not affected but there are many who are waiting for answers to come up.


In This Issue

• PDR Open

• Still Need to Watch the Rivers

• Our Power Almost Back

• Feedback Always Welcome



Coen Police have said that they have lifted the closure of the PDR, so you are legal to drive up now (with a five tonne limit).

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).

However, the rivers can still be up, depending on the recent weather only days before you go (local phone numbers to check different sections of the main road are all listed in the Destination Guide, Part II).

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Cooktown Police at the rising Little Annan Crossing during the 2015 Cyclone Nathan.


We can still have late wet season rains, and we still have a little more than two weeks left of the cyclone season (that might sound like nothing until you consider that only four days ago in 2014, we had the Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita in Cooktown - ripping roofs, creating a mess that took months to clean, and making changes to the town that you can still see today, including a lost pub).

The cyclone we didn't know about a week before, but sent us to the cyclone shelter. So just be aware, AND - they also bring lots of rain, so the road would be affected.

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A ripped down roof the morning after the April 2014 Cyclone Ita in Cooktown.


I don't usually aim to make these newsletters too personal, but I got so many well wishes after the last newsletter. Yesterday was the end of three weeks without power, now into fourth week.

It's been so hot without air con that we had to temporarily relocate, but the parts finally arrived this week, and the guys are finally working on it, so we can see it really should be finalised some time next week - Happy Days !!!


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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