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Cape York News #095 - Cape York Closure, Weather, Website and Destination Guide Updates
May 08, 2020

Hi Everyone,

Like for all of us, it's been a long time at home.

The Cape is closed, the weather has been dry, and there has been a lot of work done on the website.


 In This Issue

• Cape York Still Closed

• Weather Has Been Dry

• Website Work Progressing

• Destination Guide Updates

• Feedback Always Welcome



So the Cape is still closed as would have been expected. There are road blocks at Mount Carbine (operated by Police and Army soldiers) and also on the coastal road up to Cooktown (physical block that is impassable).

Sorry that the wrong-doers have made this needing a mention: These newsletters are covered by the Law of Copyright - the only way to legally spread them is a link to this page or a proper Facebook share. Posting screen shots, downloading photos or copying & pasting text is illegal.

So far we also had the Jardine Ferry closed but it just started operating twice a week and crossing is only with permit (checked by the Police), while Weipa is now a designated biosecurity area (it's in the same group with Mapoon and Napranum - travel in and out of Weipa is also restricted unless essential services).

2020 cape york covid

Like the rest of Queensland, we have also only lately started being allowed to go for a drive for other than essential reasons.

2020 wet season road to the tip

So far it has been ok to go 50km from home, so we went for a drive to the Tip, and the road is reasonably dry, as has been the season.

2020 wet season cape york march

In the last week we had some rainy weather for a couple of days, so there was some water on the road but not like in the recent years.

2020 w season cape york april


The isolation has been perfect for working from home, so my 2020 project of improving the website has been going well. There are already many new pages built and many old pages have got updated and added more photos.

It's a bigger job than it seems (just to sort 10 years of Cape York photos is extremely time consuming) so it will take time and I really don't expect it done until late this year, but it will obviously always be an ongoing project.


If you have been subscribing to this website for a while, you know that each year in April I update all the prices (of accommodation, tours etc) in the Guide. It is something I cannot do in January because not all the local businesses decide on their prices for the year before the end of the wet season. This year, due to the COVID-19, it is pointless to even ask them, at least at this stage.

The April updates also include checking and fixing any links, and this was done this year, along with many new links added. Events were left with pre-covid dates because everybody already knows that most will be cancelled this year, there was no point to repeat it after every event.

The rest was left the way it was pre-covid, except some small notes about some things that will be updated after the virus situation is over. In other words - not many changes, but if you do want the updated version and you bought during the last two years, let me know and I will send you.

If you haven't bought yet - there is no reason to wait until the next year - even if you don't plan to travel this year, you can start planning! 

The purchase includes two years worth of updated versions so if you plan to travel in 2021 or 2022 you will get these editions sent to you for FREE once they come out :-)

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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