Cape York in Sept / Oct

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 05, 2010 at 15:12
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We’re looking at putting off a trip to Cape York from July to mid September. We want to do all the great tracks - we're fairly well prepared for the terrain.

I’ve checked archives / Bureau of Met – I understand it is hotter and drier in September/October, and that roads will be more dusty, corrugated, and that there will be less visitors.

But reading through archives it just reads like September/October not the best time – more heat, less water, sounds like less chance to take a dip when you might want it? I guess my main question is, is it still a great place to go at that time?

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Reply By: Tonyfish#58 - Saturday, Jun 05, 2010 at 16:13

Saturday, Jun 05, 2010 at 16:13
Yes still good to go - Nights get a bit warmer though.
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Reply By: Injected - Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 10:04

Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 10:04
Doing the Cape at that time of year is great. Then if you want to do it again ( as most people do numerous times ) do it earlier in the dry season next time. Dont put it off just because its drier. You will find it better in some circumstances as the accom places/ camp sites wont be packed with school kids on holidays and most of the mexicans ( victorians ) have started to migrate back down sth.
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Reply By: Member - John R (cQld) - Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 18:38

Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 18:38
Yes, shouldn't be too bad, but definitely warm in Oct. Also can be quite windy on the east coast, so maybe think about what order to do things, e.g. inland on the way up, coastal on the way down.

Cheers, John
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Follow Up By: jdwynn (Adelaide) - Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 19:31

Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 19:31
thanks John, but Im not sure what you mean by "inland on the way up, coastal on the way down". Do wind slows down into October? Cheers
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Follow Up By: Fatso - Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 20:35

Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 20:35
October is generally Northerly weather.
Calmer warmer winds.
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Follow Up By: Member - John R (cQld) - Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 21:11

Sunday, Jun 06, 2010 at 21:11
"Away from the coast" might be a better expression than "inland". The SE winds were strong the September we were there. Even Oct might be a bit early for the northerlies to arrive.

Have a good trip, John
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