I know it has been a little while, and
because many people have been asking, particularly about the road
reports, lower down this newsletter is the explanation.
Shortly - this
newsletter was never meant to be regular, and the main
reason is that I am on the tracks too during the Dry Season (to keep
this website and the Destination Guide freshly
I am writing from Thursday Island, two newsworthy things
have happened while I was taking my time on the remote tracks
Bloomfield River now has a bridge (six weeks old news); and - the CREB Track is now open for the
season (about a week old news).
In This Issue:
• CREB Track Opens
• Bloomfield River Has a Bridge
• What Happened to Road Reports
• Feedback Always Welcome
Yes, as late as in September this year, the Port Douglas Shire Council
(which now controls the track, used to be Cairns), has said the track
is finally open for the season.
The main reason for that delay - compared to August which is the case
in most years - was the severe tropical cyclone
did not seem to do so much damage that far south when
you looked from the main roads, but in the bush and on the
tracks there was damage to clean.
They have said the track is still to be taken with
caution, but officially it now is open for the
2014 season (and that said, come too big rains and it will
temporarily close again - which I will not
report - you can check any time whether it is open or closed here).
RIVER HAS A BRIDGE
is late news for some, but still very much worth mentioning to most of
you - Bloomfield River
has a bridge since early August 2014 (and yes I would have
made a newsletter for this if it wasn't that I was on remote Cape York
tracks with no internet service).
That bridge is big news
for the travellers,
as it puts the whole Bloomfield Track, and the whole coastal road from
Cairns to Cooktown in fact, on a completely different difficulty level.
That crossing is no
longer tidal - you cross that river on a brand new bridge.
The rest of the coastal road is easy with your only possible worry
being some steep slopes and
small creeks to cross along the Bloomfield
HAPPENED TO ROAD REPORTS?
And finally, what happened to the newsletters, and the road reports?
During the three and a half month's break from the newsletters
I got so many questions that I decided to take it up here for those who have wondered but
did not contact me to ask.
I shortly mentioned above -
newsletter was never meant to be
regular. I write when I have things to say instead of
a monthly newsletter for the sake of it.
And the road
reports were never meant to continue throughout
the year or even the Dry Season
(sorry if I left you wondering because I didn't explain it
this year - I have previously).
My aim is to mention when
a more important track opens for
the season - that's why you get more newsletters
containing "road reports" in April - May, which is obviously when most
tracks first open.
than that I could not do even if I wanted that as my full time job.
Once they have opened for the season many tracks
can close and reopen too
quickly due to rains - even if I
to keep reporting all that, I would not be able to cover it without
misleading many people.
am sure you agree that no report is better than the one you find having
the day you enter the track!
Instead, I spend much of the Dry Season on the tracks, to make sure
this website and the Destination Guide are updated.
And every now and again
I deliver you a nice tip for your next trip
from my own first hand experience.
This time it is the Torres Strait
Cultural Festival (the
dance videos will go on within a few days, so if you want to watch
them, please revisit
that page) that I just visited - well
worth your time
and ferry ticket to Thursday Island, if you like indigenous dance
I really appreciate any kind of feedback
on the Destination Guide.
me know if you enjoyed it while planning before the trip, and
while using the
information once on the
If you get any questions
anything, please feel welcome to contact me.
That's all for this time - happy planning everyone :-)
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