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Cape York News #097 - Borders and Businesses Opening, Fresh Road Report
July 03, 2020

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Hi Everyone,

As many of you already know, our borders are finally opening, the local businesses are opening, and I do have the latest road report :-)


 In This Issue

• Borders and Businesses Opening

• Latest Road Report

• Website Upgrade and Destination Guide

• Feedback Always Welcome



So, with the Queensland Government announcing this week that the state borders will open on the 10. July, and the Cook Shire Council opening its borders today, 3. July, the local businesses are busy getting ready for opening their doors.

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.

The indigenous communities are still to make their own decisions on whether they will open, and we need to respect that as those communities are vulnerable, far away from some important health facilities, and some second waves are happening in the southern states (the fact that it is winter makes it easier for the virus).

cape york road block 2020

The 24hr road block between Mt Carbine and Palmer River Roadhouse

The earlier Cape York events will remain cancelled as it was decided before, but some of the ones later in the year might happen, I will do my best to keep you updated on that.


And for those who are heading up soon - here is the latest road report from Mark who has already been to Cairns and back while I got stuck at home with the fur babies :-)

laura to musgrave june 2020

Laura to Musgrave

He said that the road could have been worse, meaning less corrugation than would have been created by tourist traffic by now in the other years.

But it doesn't mean it's great, he said it's average to poor in places, they have fixed enough but it has not been graded except some very short sections mainly north of Laura.

musgrave to coen june 2020

Musgrave to Coen

He said it's good enough as long as you don't go too fast and you slow down in dips, as there are rougher sections.

As expected it's not the 'post-wet-season-bad' as we didn't have a big wet season - while Covid gave us something to talk about, you may have noticed that there were hardly any cyclones!

coen to archer june 2020

Coen to Archer

He said that the Coen to Archer section was lot better than it used to, they got rid of a lot of rocks (and increased sealing in 2019 as many of us know).

telegraph road june 2020

Bamaga turnoff to Bramwell (Telegraph Road)

He said that the best part was north of Archer - the Telegraph Road and the Bypass Roads.

bypass roads june 2020

Bypass Roads

Sorry for the quality of the photos which were taken with the phone and with our current extremely bad to almost non-existent internet reception - downloading was impossible so the only thing that worked was low quality screen shots.


While it might be handy to know about the unusually bad internet / phone reception (they are fixing it), it's interesting that downloading can be very hard while uploading has worked - meaning my website upgrading project has continuously been going really well :-)

The Destination Guide can obviously be used without the internet, and - whether you are now planning to travel this year or not, it's a great time to buy the Guide!

If you buy now, 2021 and 2022 editions are included in the price, and you will get these for free as soon as they are 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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