April has been the rainiest
up here, during this
completely hopeless Wet Season!
Also, Captain Billy's
Landing will be closed for six weeks shortly, and the prices have been updated in the Destination Guide (if
you already have it, please don't panic - the new version is already on
your computer, only a click away, and you will NOT have to pay
In This Issue:
• Rainiest Yet During this Wet Season
• Captain Billy's Landing Will Be Closed
• Prices Updated in the Destination Guide
• Feedback Always
YET DURING THE 2016 WET SEASON
During this Wet Season - and
I mean this locally - in the northernmost
parts of the peninsula.
There are some parts that have not been that dry - Lakefield
National Park having been the wettest one, and kept the close-by
areas of the PDR soggy through most of the season.
But up here, at the Tip, it has been very dry, and it has
generally been a very dry Wet Season, with all the big rivers down, and
not even Archer cutting us off like every other Wet Season.
late April 2016
We have driven down to Cairns almost every month, and the road
slowly been getting wetter.
This month, when we went to Weipa, now about a week ago, the
Bamaga Road, and the
Northern and Southern Bypass Roads were the
wettest we have seen them yet this year yet (a video here
And ever since we got back home, it has been fairly rainy in the NPA -
Jardine has been up a bit, and it
feels like the Wet is giving it a last try to kick in.
Northern Bypass Road, late April 2016
However, it might be too
late for it to take hold (even though there have been
years with major roads still closed in early June!).
the official end of the Cyclone Season - which was
reported as the least active in 45 years.
Only three cyclones formed and none of them were in north Queensland.
Southern Bypass Road, late April 2016
We have seen the first travellers to arrive, and local businesses are opening for
Archer River Roadhouse
and Bramwell Junction
are both open with kitchens and all.
Up here in
the NPA, Croc
Tent is open again, Seisia
Kiosk has opened, and Punsand
Bay is open for camping, but the kitchen (which has been
getting a rebuild) is not yet.
And the Loyalty Beach
kitchen is open - yumm, we've missed those Sunday Fish and
CAPTAIN BILLY'S LANDING WILL BE CLOSED
Billy's Landing will be closed from 3. May to 14. June, so
it will be open again for the June school holidays.
The reason is track maintenance, and the timing has depended on the
rains and the arrival of the machinery.
Captain Billy's Landing track has lately been in the
wettest area on northern Cape. Turnoff, late April 2016
note from the Heathlands Park Rangers - quad bikes are banned in all
national parks in Queensland, including Cape York.
Please be aware that you
are not allowed to ride a quad bike in
places like Captain Billy Landing, Ussher and Sadd Point, and all other
areas that are covered by National Parks.
UPDATED IN THE DESTINATION
And last but
not least - the prices
in the Destination Guide have all been
updated for the 2016 high season.
In case you are not familiar with the older newsletters - I do it every
year this time.
The reason is that it is
by now that all the businesses have decided on their prices for the year,
so if I did it in January, you would not get the right prices because
they don't know yet what they are.
If you bought the guide today, you already
have the new version. Same
if you downloaded it today.
If you already have the guide and now want the new version, please go back to your original purchase
email and download again (if you get any problems please
let me know and I will help you).
If you printed and are now annoyed - don't be! :-) I am making the best
of the situation. The only alternative would be not doing it at all,
and you would not have the information.
No other changes have been made, so there is no big reason to print
again. But you might want to download the latest version to have the
access to the latest prices on your screen.
P.S. The Destination
Guide is completely unique - with its fully detailed and
always fresh information it is not trying to be the same
thing as a hard copy book. Even if you have a hard copy book, it
still worth having this (even if only on the screen), because hard copy
books don't have this kind of fully detailed information. For a price
you will pay for your first lunch on the trip - it is a very good value
for so much great, local information! :-)
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, and happy travels to
those on the road!!
Have a great day :-)
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