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Vrilya Point Gate 
I recently read that access to Vrilya Point is now gated off, does this imply it will be permanent? It has been a great place to visit.

Bathurst Heads 
Is camping still available at Bathurst Heads

Edgtracker 
Thinking of driving to Weipa in my Nissian XTrail would be interested to know the road conditions between Port Douglas and Weipa and is there a time of …

To Snorkel or Not to Snorkel 
Hi there, I am planning a trip to the cape in mid 2018. I am sticking to the PDR and not planning on doing the OTT crossings in my 2014 Pajero. …

2018 Version of Guide? 
Hi, I am planning a trip for Jun/Jul 2018 so do l need to wait for the 2018 updated version of the e-book? Or do l get all updates anyway? Thanks …

September without a Snorkel 
Can anyone advise if it is possible to travel all the way to the top in dry season (September) without a snorkel, I intend to travel the easy way. …

Cape York in June - with 4x4 and motorbike 
Hey we plan to do the Cape York next June with a 4x4 and our friends with their motorbikes. Do you thinks this is too early as the last two wet seasons …

I am hoping you might be able to identify this insect 
I am hoping you might be able to identify this insect - I have tried by family and got totally lost

Road Condition PDR? 
What's the condition of the southern PDR from Weipa to Coen please

Battlecamp and lakefield road October 
I would like to know if battlecamp road and lakefield road (going to lotusbird lodge) are easy to do in October with a standard 4 x 4 like a Toyota Landcruiser …

Is vrylia point bridge open?? 
Is vrylia point bridge open??

Where to stay?!?! 
We are travelling to the Cape in August 2017 - leaving Brisbane on the 1st August for 5 weeks...two couples in 4WD's with roof top tents.(not towing anything) …

River Crossings 
Can anyone tell what the current depths of the water in the rivers for travelling on the old telegraph track to the tip. Would a tarp across the front …

Buying the Dog Book 
Hi there I Am trying to buy the book with the dog copy as well. I understand it's an extra $7 but every time I go to order it, it only comes up with …

Cheapest and most effective way to see the Palm Cockatoo 
I live in Melbourne and would like to visit Cape York to see the Palm cockatoo (in the wild!). I am trying to figure out the cheapest way to do so. …

Time of year to travel 2017 
We are planning on going to the cape the last week of April to the end of May. I am wondering what kind of season it has been the past year. If we …

How long does it take to drive Archer River to Bamaga? 
According to Google Maps, which I trust implicitly, the road journey between Archer River and Bramwell Junction is about 170 Km and estimates the trip …

VRILYA POINT AS OF EARLY 2017 
Hi people, I am getting so many questions about Vrilya Point (as of early 2017). There are no news on it - but I will send a newsletter as soon …

Travelling to Cape York in a standard off road vehicle 
Hi, I have a Toyota Prado 2007 - 120 series diesel 3L motor manual model without lift, winch or bull bar. I'm planning to travel to Cape York this year …

Type of 4WD 
I have a 10 year old BMW X5 in good mechanical condition but no snorkel or other modifications. Ideally I'd like to buy a proper 4WD but not sure I …

I lost the original purchase confirmation email 
Hi Kate. I would like to download the latest 2017 edition but due to a computer glitch I lost a lot of e-mails and my original purchase confirmation …

Destination Guide to Tablet? 
Hi, If I purchase the ebook and download to my main computer, can I then transfer it to my tablet so I can take it with me when we head off??? Or do …

How to get the Destination Guide 2017 when i already have the 2016? 
I have your 2016 Complete destination guide where to do I sign up for the 2017 one. I couldnt find a place on youe email. thanks

Travel Guide 
Do you offer a hard copy of "Destination Cape York Travel Guide" by Karen Holmsten? If so, I would be happy to acquire a copy (I realise the price …

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QUEENSLAND NATIONAL PARKS CAMPING PERMITS 
Hi Katrin Back from a fantastic Cape trip.....with the exception of the NP booking fiasco Below is my response to the Premier and Minister for Tourism …

Karumba - Musgrave Station 
Hi, Can anyone shed any light of access via Burke Development Road. I understand that to go this way it requires crossing the Mitchell River. …

Questions about your Ebook 
Hi how many pages in your ebook and what format is it in please. Also if i purchase ebook can i download it onto more than one of my devices. Thanks …

Burke Developmental Road 
The road leading north from Normanton, turns off to Karumba and left on highway 27 to Chillagoe. What is this road like and is there anything worth …

Free Pocket Guide 
I have clicked on the link to confirm subscription but the other page does not load I am trying to obtain the free copy of the Cape York Packet Guide. …

Distance and time to drive between Archer River RH and Bramwell Junction Roadhouse 
Hi Kat, Firstly, I bought your book late last year (in preparation for my Cape trip in 2017) ... fantastic book!! Congratulations and well done. I've …

Road Condition from Port Douglas to Weipa Anyone? 
Can any one please advise us the road condition from Pt Douglas, Palm river roadhouse, Coen, to Weipa?

Until where is the road sealed? 
is the road sealed from port douglas --palmer river road house - coen - to weipa ?

Re Sailors Creek 
We have just crossed the sailors creek crossing at the northern end of the southern OTT. The bridge is damaged, ie the last metre of planks are broken …

Has anybody travelled to Cape York in the last month? 
Has anybody travelled to Cape York in the last month? We're planning to go 22 July 2016 but I'm hearing there's still been a lot of rain about. …

Cape York possibility? 
Hello, it was always my husband's and my wish to do a four wheel drive up to Cape York, however, my husband is now unwell and there is no way he could …

Bypass around palm creek 
If we can't get through palm creek with camper trailer is there a bypass track around it. Seems a shame to miss so much because of one crossing.

Camper trailer 
I will be towing a camper behind a 100 series t/d. Would it be possible to do the tele track especially the southern part especially palm creek. …

VRILYA POINT AS OF EARLY JUNE 2016 
Love your Guide and the updates. Amazing how quickly the roads have recovered without much damage. I look forward to using all your info in August so …

Cape York trip in early May, 2 boats 
Hi there, We are planning a trip with 4 people and 2 well set up 4wd both towing 4.4m tinnys, we are hoping to leave townsville early May and reach …

Recent Rains 
Hi there. We are planning to drive through Cape York from mid June. With all the rain we have had and with more predicted to come in the next week, …

Cape York in October? 
Hi. We are New Zealanders. We are planning a trip to Cape York in the first two weeks of October. There will be 4 of us in the vehicle and we plan …

Caravan Question 
Can an off road caravan be towed to the Cape by avoiding the Telegraph Road?

Destination Guide Ebook 
Hi, I just bought your Destination Guide Ebook, but I bought it from my work computor, can I still get the latest updated info from my home computor/tablet? …

HOW TO GET THE DOG CHAPTER IF YOU ALREADY HAVE THE BOOK 
Hi I recently bought this book from you and would have been delighted to have had the chapter on the dogs as we plan to travel with ours. Will you …

permits for Bathurst Heads 
Hi, I am looking at going to Bathurst Heads latter this year. I have been trying to research if any permits are need to camp and fish there, but I haven't …

Caravan 
Hello Katrin, We are planning a trip to the Cape in July this year. I was of the belief that the bitumen ended at Laura.. How much further is the …

Destination Cape York Book 
Hi, I bought your book in early 2013 when I was last heading up to the cape and am planning another trip this June/July. Just enquiring if there …

Mobile Phones 
Hi Katrin Is there mobile phone coverage between Cooktown and the Cape? Thanks John

Purchase for someone else.  
Good morning. How would I but this for my brother? Thanks Cookie

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EBook Question 
Hi With your ebook guide, does the entire book get downloaded onto my computer or do I need internet access to keep opening links? For instance …

Suitable car to CYP 
I'm getting mixed advice on what vehicle to use, some say we need a 4wd, some say plenty of people have made it in non 4wd, even the Austin7! We plan …

furtherest you can go in a awd car 
Whast is the furtherest you can go in a awd vehicle? Is there anyway to get to the tip?

Trailer Hire - Secure parking area. 
We're planning a trip to CYP in August(?) 2016. We plan to see a bit of QLD on the way from Canberra. We're aiming to all meet in Cooktown and depart from …

Trip Planning 2016 
Hi All, Just wanting to do the old telegraph track before next years June/July school holidays! Is this possible to go In Msy or are the river crossings …

Dogs.  
G'day Katrin. Can I take my dog along the Bamage bypass road to the Tip? Or is the OTL the only way up ? Many thanks Tony.. Going 1st week OCT..

WWII sites 
G'day, I was wondering if the complete Destination Guide has any information about the WWII sites (locations/maps)? Thanks.

Snorkel 
Driving 100 series diesel and pajero, do you need a snorkel to get to Eliot falls campground? Thanks

tyres for cape york 
I am a first timer to cape york, would the tyres on my prado when I purchased it do the job. Only have 20,000 klms wear. Thanks

4WD hire 
Does anyone hire 4WD actually at Seisia for 3 Days

The creb track 
I know they are doing bridge works on the creb near China camp, but can I go halway up and test out my new 4x4?

OTT, Iron Range, Captain Billy Landing 
Hi Katrin, We're planning a trip from Brisbane to the Tip in the June/July school holidays. We're taking 3 weeks as we're limited for time with the …

bypass road/grading 
Hi Katrin, we are thinking about going up to the Cape in October. Will the bypass road be horrendous with corrugations after the busy season or do they …

SAFE Swimming holes 
Hi we are considering 11 day round trip to/from Cairns to top of Cape York (August) but would really like to know places we can stay or visit with safe …

Width of bridge at cypress creek  
Hi We are wanting to take a trailer up to the Cape but worried bout the bridge crossing as our box trailer is 2.4m wide, do you know our wide this …

Do you need a boat to fish the cape 
Do you need a boat to fish the cape?

Tours from Bamaga and Seisia to the Tip 
Are there day tours to the tip of Cape York from Bamaga or Seisia in July next year??

My advice to your readers - do your homework 
Katrin We completed 8 weeks up at the cape arriving home mid August 2014. Unfortunately I only discovered your newsletter a couple of issues before …

Car freight from Brisbane to Cairns or Townsville? 
Hi, We're planning a trip for next year, and had intended to send our 4x4 to Townsville or Cairns on the Sunlander motorail. We've been advised by Queensland …

CREB Track closed? 
Hi, I had heard the Creb Track was closed at the moment? Any updates would be greatly appreciated. thanks

Running Creek Track 
Hi, we are planning a trip to the Cape in August and were wondering about the Running Creek track. Like to do it from Port Stewart end southwards. …

Visiting the Tip 
Have booked accommodation on Horn island for later this month. How close does the Ferry get to the tip of Cape York so to visit the tip? Also is …

Umagico Campgrounds Closed??? 
I just read on here that the Umagico campgrounds are closed this year. Is the closure permanent? We were hoping to stay there. Hmmmm Which …

Drive up and cruise down 
Our vehicle being loaded onto the Trinity Bay for the coastal trip back to Cairns

Roads - Weipa and PDR - 30. May 2014 
Just returned to the tip from Weipa. The road is very good, via Batavia. The PDR is being upgraded as we speak, we have travelled over this road …

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Frenchmans Track Open? 
Was planning on doing frenchmans track on 1st of july, just wondering if it will be open by then or if its been driven yet or when you reckon it will be …

Cape York check list 
Hi Katrin We are planning a 4wd trip to Cape York in July for approximately 4 weeks. I've been assigned the task of organizing a 1st aid kit and …

Graders 
Hi We are at Mareeba, we are driving to the tip of Cape York in a 4wd. We have been told the best time is after the graders have been through. …

Travel time. Bamaga to Cairns 
Hi, I am planning a trip to Cape York and stopping at most places on the way up. My question is, How long would it take to travel direct from Bamaga …

The roads as of 11 May 2014 
We have just arrived at The Tip - all roads from Lakeland are good to very good. Only put hubs in once all the way up. Talking to locals - Weipa …

Topaz off-road van up the bypass roads 
Hi Katrin, We are planning to explore Cape York in June. I know it depends on the road conditions after the wet season, but if the conditions are …

where is the best place to rent a 4 wheel drive car in cairns 
where is the best place to rent a 4 wheel drive car in cairns and will we need one for a june 1 arrival---tahnx

Cape York in October 
Hello Katrin, Im from Germany and me and two of my friends are planning on going to Cape York in October. I know it is late but is it too late …

Your complete CY travel guide 
Hello Katrin I am about to purchase your complete CY travel guide. Can I download it to my Laptop, which I am not taking along on the trip from Sydney, …

Cape York trip 
Hi Katrin, Just grabbed a copy of your detailed guide...looks great thanks. We are planning a trip leaving the Hunter Valley NSW last week of May, …

Running Creek Track 
Hello I am planning a trip to Cape York this year 2014 and would like to travel the Running Creek Track. After reading your trip log of this track …

Do many people do the cape trip in caravans? 
Hi we are doing cape York trip in August this year we don't have a time limit but we do have a caravan that we are going in. Do many people do the cape …

Gunshot creek crossing closure 
I heard today Gunshot Crossing was closed late 2013 & talk of the OTL closure altogether, any truth?

Running Creek Track 
I am planning a 4wd trip to the Cape next year. After speaking to a local Cape York Motorbike tour operator, i am interested in doing the track north …

2 Questions 
Hi we have been studying your excellent book and now the time has come to put it to practical use. We leave Lakeland on Friday having travelled …

Planned Trip 
Hello Katrin, Thank you for your informative web site. We are planning to head up to the top, beginning around the 2nd week in August. We will …

Alcohol? 
Are there any bans in place with bottles of bourbon, rum, vodka to name a couple. I've read you can take a case of premixed but nothing about a bottle. …

Permits? 
We are travelling the Cape in August and have been told there are permits needed. Has this changes from 2 years ago? Thank you

Road Conditions June 2013? 
Morning all, just a short note to ask what the conditions up the top are like at the moment and what can we expect in around 3 weeks time as we are …

Cape York with Jayco Outback? 
Hi Katrin Just discovered your site it looks great and just what we need. Requested your free planning guide, thank you. Planning to go around mid …

WHAT ROADS TO TAKE AND IS CAR GOOD ENOUGH 
HELLO THERE, I AM HOPEFULLY HEADING TO THE CAPE IN JULY WITH MY WIFE AND I HAVE A STANDARD 2005 4X4 HILUX DUELCAB AND BEING STANDARD IS IT GOOD ENOUGH …

Cape Melville in July? 
Hi Katrin We are travelling up to Cape this July 2013 and was looking at going to Cape Melville on the way back south. Have you any info on Kalpowar …

Tyre advice? 
Hi, Just wanted some informed advice on tyre choices for the cape. I'm planning a trip to the cape via the Tele track in late Aug and currently …

Up the western coast of Cape York? 
Planning a trip to Cape York. Can you get from Karumba around to Weipa up the side of the Gulf or do you have to go over to Chillagoe then up??? …

Old telegraph track, how long does it take? 
Hi, My partner and I are heading up to the Cape in June this year, starting from Mount Cotton (about 30 minutes north of the Gold Coast). I've been …

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Going up Cape York from the western coast? 
What is your advice going up Cape York from the western coast?

Cape York for wheelies 
Hi Katrin, My husband and I would like to take my father to Cape York but the catch is, he is in a wheelchair. Fortunately he can walk short distances …

Cape York in April? 
The wife and I are planning to leave beginning of April to visit the Cape. This will put us in Cairns around middle of April what do you think this …

Roads from Normanton 
Hi katrin can you please advise us on the best roads to take from Normanton to the Cape we are planning to go at the end of May this year by 4x4 then …

Bloomfield Track with a camper? 
Hi Is it possible to do the Bloomfield track towing an off road camper with a 4wd Hilux. Have found some forums that recommend no to. Any thoughts …

How Long Time for Doing Cape York? 
I was just wondering if you could give me an idea of how many days I would need to travel from Brisbane to Cape York - Including the return trip and going …

Caravan? 
Hello Katrin My wife and I are planning a trip up Cape York in late May or early June. We have our own Landcruiser 4WD 200 series plus a bushtracker …

pets 
Can you take a dog on a trip to Cape York? I know that they are not allowed in the National Parks but are there other camping areas etc that they allowed? …

One month enough to do Cape York? 
Hi i am planning a trip to the Cape next year with my uncle. I have a 4x4 Landcruser and will be self sufficient. Route planned as follows Cape …

Somerset 
Hi Katrin Heading to Cape York from Tassie July 2013. Just want some info about Somerset, and camping on the beach at Somerset. Is it one night …

Campfires in Cape York? 
Hello, thank you for your great information. I would like to know if we are allowed to have a campfire. We have a small drum that we carry around …

Clothing for the Trip and Snake / Spider Protection? 
Hi Katrin Myself and a few close friends are heading to the tip in July this year, Can you advise the most suitable clothing for the northern peninsula? …

Cape York Camping 
Good evening, We are leaving on a 5-week trip from Cairns to The Tip in June/July 2012. We have been told that Cape Melville is closed until August …

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