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Who Has Made this Website and Why?

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My name is Katrin - a common spelling in Europe, but not so common in Australia - so Kat is my short, Aussie version, if that is easier for you to remember :-)

I started this website in 2009.
I had been getting around the peninsula (and still am - by now I have spent more than 10 years doing every single track .. and then doing them all again!) - I love it so much that I thought I may as well share my passion with you :-)

I am originally from northern Europe (Estonia and Sweden to cut the story short), and
I always thought our climate was way too cold, so I did a lot of travelling, and finally settled in the warm and friendly Australia about 20 years ago

After a first few years in Sydney (and doing the Big Lap around Australia), I moved to far north Queensland - where the climate is even warmer, the people are even friendlier, and there is even more wilderness and remoteness, which I love!

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Me and my partner live at the 
Tip of Cape York peninsula (I previously also lived in Cooktown), only about 35km from the famous sign, and in the midst of a paradise for boating, quading and four wheel driving :-)

He is the vehicle recovery guy in northern Cape York, and I love joining him to all his trips to the Old Telegraph Track (which mostly happen during the peak of the Dry Season).
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During the late Dry, the tracks for this website are done; and during the Build-up and the Wet Season, I am mostly in the office, working on the website and updating the books (and of course I still do that as much as there is time between the trips during the Dry Season as well).
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UPDATE 2016 We now also have two puppies who love the drives, and they are with us on most of our adventures (UPDATE 2017 travelling with them has lead to a detailed Doggie Booklet which is now a supplement of the Destination Guide :-).

Writing, editing and maintaining this website as well as the Destination Guide is my full time occupation. It means I take the time to do proper, mostly first hand research, to keep the book and the website updated.

Planning trips was always my passion, so I enjoy every minute of it, and I do my best to help you to plan yours with the Guides :-)

UPDATE 2021 - me and Mark have gone separate ways, but that will NEVER affect my passion or work on the books or this website!

Rather the other way, I am busier than ever :-)

More updates coming as soon as they are available :-)

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Get this 50 pages guide totally for FREE. It contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip. You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you should take, how to get there and get around, where to stay (general info), what will it cost.. and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.

Plan and Bring to the Trip... the full Destination Cape York Travel Guide

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This complete 300 pages travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks, at least 30 guaranteed FREE camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to the Cape), at least 40 best swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things - from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception, how to deal with the national parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery gear by my vehicle-recovery-guy partner). Not to mention locals' tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)

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Thank you for doing the right thing and letting others know :-)

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