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Cape York News #129 - Weather, Season, and the Road, National Parks Opening, Coming Events
May 27, 2023

Hi Everyone,

Below is the latest from Cape York :-)

And, something I didn't mention in the last newsletter. Yes - the Gulf Savannah Guide is still under construction.

These Big Guides do take time because I don't go the easy way about them. I want them original and first hand - not the information from another book. On top of that, the Wet Season is always a busy time with most email enquiries, which has given me less time to focus on the Guide.

Please rest assured that it is coming along, and I do my best to get it out as soon as I possibly can - thank you!

PLEASE NOTE - if you have done the trip, got the Guides and feel that you no longer need these newsletters, you can scroll to the end of this email to unsubscribe - thank you :-)


In This Issue

• Weather, Season, and the Road

• National Parks Opening

• Coming Events

• Feedback Always Welcome



The month of May has been reasonably dry, the main roads are open, and the tourist season is picking up. There are already many more travellers on the roads compared to the last month.

cape york roads open sign 2023

So, Mulligan Highway is open except that some bridges have works done this time of the year. These can be temporarily closed for some hours if needed.    

PDR, Telegraph Road and Bypass Roads are open 'with caution' at this stage.

The road to Iron Range, Portland Roads and Chili Beach is open with 5t load limit, and same goes for the road to Port Stewart.

Fairview / Palmerville / Maytown / Whites Creek roads are open.

Running Creek Track is closed at this stage.


Lakefield National Park opens for the season in sections.

The southern half, which includes Kalpowar Crossing, Mick Fienn Waterhole, Dingo Waterhole, Old Faithful Waterhole, Kennedy Bend, Twelve Mile Lagoon, Six Mile Waterhole, Old Laura Homestead and Horseshoe Lagoon, is anticipated to open on 1 June 2023.

Welcome Waterhole, due to its difficult access track, is anticipated to open on 12 June 2023, subject to road and weather conditions.

The northern half of the national park, which includes Sweetwater Lake, Annie River, Five Mile Creek, Seven Mile, Saltwater Crossing, Bizant River, Brown Creek, Basin Hole, Top Whiphandle Waterhole, Bottom Whiphandle Waterhole, Orange Plain Waterhole, Hann Crossing, Hanush’s Waterhole, Melaleuca Waterhole and Midway Waterhole, is anticipated to open on 1 July 2023.  

lakefield national park 2023

Cape Melville National Park is anticipated to open on 31 July 2023, and Oyala Thumotang on 22 June 2023. Handy to know if you want to visit any of these.


In the coming month, we have Weipa Fishing Classic, Normanton Rodeo, Cooktown Discovery Festival, and Laura Rodeo and Races.

weipa fishing classic 2023

A month full of some of the best Cape York events :-)


Since the Destination Guide was updated in late April, there are no more big updates coming until January 2024.

destination cape york

If you already have the Guide and bought within the last two years, send me an email and I will send you the latest version.

If you don't already have the Guide -- with no more udates, it's a great time to buy :-)



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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