And Happy 2015,
I hope you had a lovely festive season!
This was meant to come a
little earlier, but it's always a race in the
end of every Dry Season, to still get some more tracks done before the
arrive, and at the same time get the book updated as soon as possible.
Top it up with the Christmas and New Year period, and it's a very busy
But it's done now, the Destination
Guide is updated, polished, improved and a
fair bit of new stuff has been added (if you already got
one, don't worry - the updated version is included in the
price. If you bought one in the last couple of days, you already have
the new version, more below).
And our Wet
finally started, which after the hot build-up season is
always nice (first!).
In This Issue:
• Wet Season Started
• Destination Guide Updated, Improved and New Stuff Added
• Feedback Always Welcome
WET SEASON HAS STARTED
After a long Dry season, with the stinking hot build-up aka 'Troppo
Season' in the end as
usual, the rains
finally arrived exactly the same
time as they did last year.
And it's looking like
they are here to stay, which is a good thing, so we can start
looking forward to the end of it :-)
is also clear that the
cyclone season has started too - we just had a bit of a
flashback from the last
year's cyclone, with a low
(still) hovering on the
Yesterday it was
predicted to turn into a cyclone and come to the coast near Cooktown
- but this morning it was a relief to learn that it's now predicted to
go to the opposite direction (and only become a low category cyclone).
GUIDE IMPROVED AND UPDATED
But the main news for this newsletter is that the Destination
Guide has now
been updated, ready for the new season, and also given a
major overhaul with some (no longer relevant) bits taken out or
shortened, and other, new stuff added on.
Some of the tracks and
places added were:
Old Coach Road
smaller side tracks/islands etc were also
added throughout the guide
And a lot of areas were covered in more detail than before, this time
particularly the tracks of NPA,
the area north
of Weipa, and Torres
Strait Islands, particularly TI.
In the planning chapters,
* The peninsula's best swimming
holes, now with a map.
* Lots of FREE camping
spots added :-)
* Others taken down, that are no longer free due to
the latest changes of rules on
some Native Title lands.
* Alcohol restrictions
updated, some more detailed than before.
* National Parks camping updated with
information on where to book once you're closer to the park
- they have made it easier by providing phones, agents, and touch
* National Parks Wet
Season closing times - the re-opening time for the Dry
season is different in every park - find out what park may still be
closed in May, June, some even July.
* 4WD tracks that open
later were also added the info about when they usually
open, and the note that you should not plan one into an early season
* RACQ - what does it actually give to
you for your Cape York trip,
considering the fact that the distances and conditions are different
from most other places. After I talked to all the local
RACQ mechanic shops, read what they do/not and decide whether it is
worth for you.
* And finally, with so
many people writing to me that they did not see one single croc on
their trip, I decided the info was needed - why
do locals see lots of crocodiles while most travellers do not - you
have to know
where to look, when to look, how to look!
* And the same info went in for some other north Queensland icons
- Australia's largest snake.
* And the same info also went in for our Cape York icons - palm
parrot, cuscus and
If you already have the
book, don't worry!
Go back to your original
purchase email, and download it again - the new version is there now.
If you cannot find it or deleted it (you should never do that because
you buy five downloads, not just one), just contact me
and I will help
If you bought or downloaded it later than 6pm Friday 9. January
2015, you already have the new version.
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
That's all for this time - happy planning!!
Have a great day :-)
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