cape york road to take months to open?!!!

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 15:28
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I have been following the threads about Cape York on this site and the general consensus seemed to be that the wet season wasn't that abnormal and the roads should be ok soonish. However, I was just reading the abc web site and there is an article saying that roads on Cape York could take months to be reopened!!

We were planning a trip leaving Cairns around 5th June - should we be sticking with this plan or is it time to change plans and come up with a new destination?!!!

Its our first time to the Cape however we have travelled extensively before throughout the Kimberley and NT.
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Reply By: agsmky - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 15:35

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 15:35
With a lot of places up the Cape relying on those Victorians, i'm sure they will bend over backwards to get the roads open again soon :-)

Andrew
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Follow Up By: draff - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 15:37

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 15:37
Good point!
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Follow Up By: BLUEBAG53 - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 18:42

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 18:42
Should that read ewes Victorians?
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Follow Up By: agsmky - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 18:44

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 18:44
them those are the wons...
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Follow Up By: BLUEBAG53 - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 18:47

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 18:47
Sorry, to explain, I am just enjoying a hearty serve of home made (by me of course) Shephards Pie (an old family secert recipe I alledgidly remembered thisarvo). Thats what inspired the pun! Safe Journey where ever you may venture.
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Reply By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 16:00

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 16:00
Hi draff, go to www.racq.com.au & go to trip planner put in your'e route ,it will do it for you & on the right side of page scroll down till you get to road condition's. hope it help's ,Bob.
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Reply By: Muddies Doe(Trippn) - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 16:06

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 16:06
Hi Draff

June should be well and truly ok by then unless unexpected weather happens. Been there twice during the June school hols and once a month or two later another time, had no problems either time.
Try here, this will keep you updated from week to week.
Site Link
Keeping in mind that they only update when they receive the relevant info.
So where a road may show closed it could already have been open for a day or two.

Have fun on the Cape!

Cya
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Reply By: G&R - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 20:45

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 20:45
Hi Draff. I can't speak first hand for the Cape, but the entire Top End is still unusually VERY wet. I work all over the Top End (in a helicopter) and over the past week have noticed the ground from Port Keats to Roper Bar is rather soggy.

It is still raining here, due to Ex Tropical Cyclon Monica, but once that has passed it'll dry up fairly quick. I would suspect by June it will be ok.

Hope this helps,

Greg.
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Reply By: draff - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 08:35

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 08:35
Thanks everyone for the helpful responses - I'll keep an eye on those web sites and continue looking forward to our trip!
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Reply By: Sam from Weipa Auto Electrics - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 11:21

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 11:21
I realy dont think you have much to worry about keep you're trip schedule and I think you will find it wont be a drama it doesnt take long for the roads to dry up enough to travel up here just remeber that it may say the road is closed but doesnt mean it's not safe to travel on the road sometimes they just leave it closed till they get a grader to fill in some of the holes its safe to travel as long as you take you're time.
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Follow Up By: Scorcher - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 19:25

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 19:25
Hey Sam,

We're leaving Sydney at the end of May, heading to the Cape via Normanton & Karumba (this area might still be a bit wet though). Should be in Weipa early June.

Keep up the good work in what's doin' up your way.

As soon as that first muddy 4WD arrives from down south, send us all the good news.

Scorcher.
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Reply By: Sam from Weipa Auto Electrics - Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 07:24

Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 07:24
Just went down to lockhart turnoff last night to recover a stolen f250 and the road wasnt to bad dont know what the archer is at but.
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