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Cape York News #083 - PDR Sealing, The Season, Caravan Guide Updated
March 01, 2019

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Hi Everyone,

February ended up being a little drier month; and the Caravan Guide has been updated - including the discussion and true facts about the sealing of the PDR.


 In This Issue

• PDR Sealing

• The Season

• Caravan Guide Updated

• Feedback Always Welcome



There has been a lot of talk about the PDR getting sealed in a hurry, as we all know. But when I was updating the Caravan Guide and was reminded of the caravanners saying that they have put their trip off until 2020 because it will all get sealed in 2019, I thought I will take up the subject.

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).

Firstly - PDR is the road to Weipa, not to the Tip. There are further hundreds of kilometres from the Bamaga turnoff (at Piccaninny, to the Tip), that were never included in this 'PDR sealing'.

cape york region package

Secondly - there were never any promises about the road to get sealed by any date or year, there were only ever just rumours.

Whether 2019, 2020, five years down the road, 10 years down the road .. there have been no promises, or predictions, about when the road will get sealed because they don't know - it depends on continuous funding.

cape york sealing roads

Where the 2019 came into the rumour, was when they said that this *Package* will get finished in 2019.

That, however, did not mean that the road got finalised within this package, it actually means that after the last 13km that they will still do, they are now out of funds to do any more until they get the funding to start a new package!

cape york sealing

This $215.5 million package got 173km of PDR sealed during five years (2014 to 2019). It leaves more than 200km of the PDR still unsealed (roughly 150km was sealed before this package). And we still have hundreds of kilometres to the Tip after that!


February's wet season wasn't quite as full on as January was. It does rain a lot when it does, but there have also been some sunny days for a change lately.

wet season february 2019

But, this time of the year is the time for some big tides!

king tide cape york

Makes taking the sign selfie a little tricky :-)


And - the Caravan Guide 2019 is out, with everything that has changed since last year, updated.

It already covers all the subjects so well that nothing new was added this year, but the road sealing discussion was updated and added new and more exact info and sources.

cape york with caravan

If you already have the Caravan Guide, please give me an email and I will send you the latest version :-)

If you don't - the Caravan Guide (just like the Doggie Guide) is a supplementary guide to the main Destination Guide (because of the amount of updating work involved, no other way would be viable).


destination cape york


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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