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Cape York News #130 - Tourist Season and the Roads, National Parks Opening, Coming Events
June 30, 2023

Hi Everyone,

Peak season is here, some great events are happening, and the tracks and national parks are opening one by one.

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In This Issue

• Tourist Season and the Roads

• National Parks Opening

• Coming Events

• Feedback Always Welcome



With the June-July school holidays, the peak of the tourist season is here, and this is the time of the year when you should have all your accommodation and camping booked, or you may miss out.  

2023 tourist season

More roads and tracks are also opening, and the CREB Track opened earlier this week. But be aware it is a track that gets wet, and when it does, it can get temporarily closed any time during the season.


As predicted, the southern parts of Lakefield National Park have opened by now. That includes the camp grounds in Kalpowar Crossing, Mick Fienn Waterhole, Dingo Waterhole, Old Faithful Waterhole, Kennedy Bend (sites 1, 2 and 4), Twelve Mile Lagoon, Six Mile Waterhole, Old Laura Homestead, Horseshoe Lagoon, and Welcome Waterhole. Note that Kennedy Bend camp site 3 will not open for the 2023 camping season.

Most of the northern parts of the national park are anticipated to open on 1 July. These include Annie River, Basin Hole, Bizant River, Brown Creek, Five Mile, Hann Crossing, Hanush’s Waterhole, Midway Waterhole, Orange Plain Waterhole, Saltwater Crossing, Seven Mile, and Sweetwater Lake.

The rest - the Bottom Whiphandle Waterhole, Top Whiphandle Waterhole, and Melaleuca Waterhole are anticipated to reopen 15 July, due to extended wet season conditions.
lakefield national park opening 2023

Oyala Thumotang was anticipated to open on 22 June, but that has been extended to 6 July. All this is not unusual, so if you want to stay in national parks, bear in mind that a later season trip means more is open.


This month, we will have Laura Dance Festival, Mareeba Rodeo, Chillagoe Festival, and Cairns and Mossman Show.

cape york events july 2023

Good to know if you are around and want to include some of these in your trip :-)


All the detail is in the Destination Guide, and - there is also the gift card, always, for any occasion all year around :-)

destination cape york gift




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That's all for this time - happy planning, and happy travels to those on the road!!

Have a great day :-)


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