We are back home after a drive down to Cairns, so it's a good time for a first hand
report on the PDR.
Also the good old West
Coast Hotel in Cooktown is about to reopen the first
section ever since the building was destroyed in the 2014 tropical
And I will also mention the
rest of the roads' openings/closures.
In This Issue:
• PDR Updates
• Cooktown West Coast Hotel Reopens
• Road Report
• Feedback Always Welcome
Starting from the north (actually, with Bypass
Roads) .. Jardine
River is low;
the ferry is working from 8am to 5pm, and just south of the river there are
big, deep corrugations as always.
Then there is a new, sealed
section on the
Bypass Road, that we saw getting done late last year.
South of the Bypass Roads, Bramwell Station is closed for the season,
and Bramwell Junction is
open. Further south, on
Telegraph Station is open, and the landscape turns a lot
greener - it has been raining more here than in the north.
After that, the
PDR south of Weipa
turnoff - more has been
than it was last time when we were through in October 2015. There are
fairly long stretches between the Weipa turnoff and Archer River
Roadhouse that are now sealed.
Archer River Roadhouse is
closed, and Archer
River, which is often the one to flood and close the PDR, is very low. South
of the roadhouse the road turns worse and gets more corrugated.
South of Archer, past Coen and towards Musgrave, the roadsides turn
gradually wetter, it
has been raining more and more the further south we get.
The road between Hann River and Laura River is still soggy, and Laura
River is still up and down from one day to another.
The Lakefield - Cooktown - Daintree area is the wettest on the
peninsula, and southern Lakefield is the area that feeds Laura River
catchment, so at the
moment, this is where the PDR is most likely to get cut off.
The southern half of the
peninsula is a lot wetter than the northern one (even
though we have rainy days in Bamaga, the landscape further south is
wetter and greener than up here).
COAST HOTEL REOPENS
different note, the West Coast Hotel in Cooktown, the beautiful old
building in the main street that was destroyed in the 2014 Cyclone
finally reopening a section in February this
year, so make sure to visit on your travels and have a
It is one of the two old
pubs in Cooktown along with the Top Pub, and
used to be a nice place to go, before its roof was ripped in the
cyclone in April 2014. The upper level got soaked in the rain and was
later taken down, and it has gradually been demolished
So the rest
of the roads at the moment:
Portland Roads Road, Kendall River Road, Palmerville to Maytown Road,
Kimba Gamboola Road, Dixie Kimba Road, Killarney Road and Starcke
Wakooka Track until Starcke River boat ramp, are open.
Bloomfield Road, Musgrave to Pormpuraaw Road, Aurukun Road, Bamaga
Road, Batavia Roads and the PDR are open
with 5 tonne limit.
Lakefield Road, Battlecamp Road, Starcke Wakooka Track
(north of Starcke River),
Port Stewart Road, Whites Creek Road, Fairview/Palmerville Road, Dixie
Road, and Lilyvale and Marina Plains Roads are closed except for local traffic.
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!
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