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Cape York News #040 - Rain, Potential Cyclone, National Parks and Roads Close
December 21, 2015

Hi everyone,

I have been quiet for a while, which is normal for the second half of the year, but it does not mean things have not been happening :-) Besides the tracks, I have been busy with my personal life, moving to the Tip of the Peninsula.

Other news is that the weather got rainy, it turned over a weekend and is bucketing now.

As a result, the roads are closing, amid predictions about a potential cyclone.

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In This Issue
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• National Parks Close for the Wet Season

• Roads Close Due to Rains

• Personal News

• Feedback Always Welcome

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NATIONAL PARKS CLOSE FOR THE WET SEASON

First, and that would happen without the rains - the following national parks have now been closed for the Wet Season:

* Lakefield National Park

* Cape Melville National Park

Oyala Thumotang National Park

Palmer River Goldfields Reserve

wet season road closed
Road closure at Battle Camp / Starcke Track junction (taken last Wet Season, early 2015).

They closed about a week ago in mid-December, while the skies were still all sunny.


ROADS CLOSE DUE TO RAIN

We woke up to rain on Saturday morning, and it has been more or less bucketing since.

The roads are closing one by one, and so far they include:

* CREB Track

* Roads around Palmer River Goldfields - Whites Creek Road and Fairview/ Palmerville Road

* All the roads through the Lakefield and Cape Melville area, including Battlecamp Road and Starcke Wakooka Track

* Princess Charlotte Bay - Marina Plains, Lilyvale and Port Stewart Road

* Musgrave to Pormpuraaw Road

* Artemis / Dixie Road

More roads may get closed as more rain is predicted for the week, and there is talk about a possible cyclone.

The weather does look that way - the proper Wet might not be here, but it looks like the kind of rain we usually get around cyclones.

wet season bamaga
Weather in Bamaga this weekend, and it is still raining, just as bad, as I write on Monday. 

PERSONAL NEWS  

And finally, as some of you know, I have left Cooktown and moved to the Northern Peninsula Area, so it has been a year with some changes in my personal life.

The good thing is, you will be hearing from the Tip, and I am just hoping that I did not bring any cyclones :-)

 
FEEDBACK ALWAYS WELCOME

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.

That's all this time, and if you don't hear from me before - Merry Christmas everyone :-)

Katrin

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