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Cape York News #035 - Vrilya Point Closed, Jardine River Ferry Ticket Price DROPS, Prices Updated
May 07, 2015

Hi everyone,

Things are happening at the Tip!

Vrilya Point is currently closed but we can now hope not for the whole season.

The notoriously high Jardine River Ferry ticket price has dropped to our surprise!

And the prices have been reviewed and updated in the Destination Guide - if you already have it, don't worry - the new version is included in the price :-) 


In This Issue

• Vrilya Point Closed

• Jardine River Ferry Ticket Price DROPS

• Destination Guide Prices Updated

• Feedback Always Welcome



About a week ago, Vrilya Point was going to get closed for the 2015 season, for safety for travellers as the old Crystal Creek log bridge is nowhere near as good as on my photo below.

It was also said that the other reason was that some designated camping spots are being prepared on the beach, and the old good - that there is too much rubbish!! (the rubbish will see closures happening to other places in the years to come - PLEASE dispose it in right places, and we will have less places closed down :-)

Some people who had made their way around the bridge had been told to pack up and go away from the beach, and it was said Vrilya Point will not be open this year.

crystal creek bridge vrilya point

A couple of days ago, however, things improved when it was said that it is ok to camp on the beach if you can get there other ways, and also that they are now planning to fix the bridge within weeks and the access should be regained after that.

Fingers crossed - it's a lovely spot, and I will keep you updated :-)


You may remember the shock when in 2013 the ferry ticket price went from $90 to $130 over a night for no apparent reason.

Needless to say, there was a lot of talk, a lot of complaining and a lot of questioning how they justify to charge that money to take your vehicle over a crossing exactly this wide:

jardine river ferry price

Yep, if you haven't been up here yet, that's all it is, so no wonder people feel it's a rip-off and some still try the Old Ford.

Not sure what pushed them into the decision but luckily for all us travellers - the crazy price dropped this year, just as quietly as it went up in 2013 - it is now $99.


And last but not least, all the prices in the Destination Guide are super fresh as they have just been updated one by one :-)

If you have the guide, you can go back to your purchase confirmation message and grab another download - the new version is up there now. If you have any problems please let me know and I will help you.

If you printed it, don't worry about printing again - nothing else has been changed in the guide. Last year's prices are close enough that the updates would not have changed your plans. Most went up a bit, some went down a bit, but there were generally no huge changes. If you did print it I would recommend to download it again and use the screen version to check the new prices (in case it seems inconvenient, please note that the only alternative would be to not to update it at all, or not give you the prices, so this is still a good job done for you ;-)

P.S. You could still get an occasional incorrect price as some companies change them any time, but 99% is definitely perfectly fresh for you :-)

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.

NB! I am going to be away this weekend, from Friday morning - it's been a long four months with no bush camping!

For that reason most of my replies will be delayed more than you may be used to, but I will do them all once back on Monday :-)

That's all for this time - happy planning!!

Have a great day :-)


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