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Cape York News #074 - Weather and Water Levels, Lakefield National Park Opening, Coming Events
May 25, 2018

Hi Everyone,

So it's the end of May and the annual Cape York events have started, the first national parks are opening, and there is life on the Old Telegraph Track :-)


In This Issue

• Weather and Water Levels

• Lakefield National Park Is Opening

• Coming Events

• Feedback Always Welcome



The weather in May remained mostly dry, but we still have small showers here and there almost daily, and the skies can still be overcast, which is very typical for this time of the year (as opposed to the late Dry Season).

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We have been down to the Old Telegraph Track and some water levels are higher than last year (still from the heavy Wet Season during January - March, even though April and May were both reasonably dry months this year).

may 2018 jardine river water level
Jardine Ferry Crossing, May 2018.

Jardine River (while obviously not what it was during this Wet Season), is still reasonably high compared to what you will see later in the year.

may 2018 nolans brook water level
Nolans Brook May 2018.

Nolans Brook is higher than it was the same time last year (the photo above is from a deeper spot where we also went in last year to check the level - but is not where you need to drive through).

may 2018

gunshot creek water level
Gunshot May 2018.

While the levels in some other crossings like Gunshot are more like what we are used to in other years and at other times of the year.


So this time of the year the first seasonally-closed national parks start to open, and the first one of these - Lakefield National Park - but only its southern half - opened three days ago (the rest of the park is usually closed for another month, but I will update when it's open, in the next newsletter).

lakefield national park open 2018
Lakefield National Park.

The camping areas that are open are: Kalpowar Crossing, Mick Fienn Waterhole, Dingo Waterhole, Old Faithful Waterhole, Kennedy Bend, Twelve Mile Lagoon, Six Mile Waterhole, Old Laura Homestead, Horseshoe Lagoon and Welcome Waterhole.


And also, as the season starts - so do the events - and the month of June has two great ones - the Weipa Fishing Classic, and the Cooktown Festival (they used to be on the same weekend - so glad they changed).

cooktown festival 2018
Cooktown Festival with the Cook's Landing Re-enactment.

And last but not least, - in case you missed the last newsletter - all the prices in the Destination Guide were updated in April like every other year (it is something I cannot do with the January updates, because most of the local businesses update their prices for the season by 31. March).

It means there will be no more updates to the Destination Guide this year - a brilliant time to buy one :-)


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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