Lakefield NP roads open by Easter?

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 03, 2011 at 10:58
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I was wondering if anybody with local knowledge can advise their opinion on whether Lakefield roads will be open by Easter?
I have already searched the official sites, all simply say "closed" but as you would appreciate official sites do not give 'gut feel' opinions as to when this will change
Also aware that Bloomfield crossing is closed - we plan going via Lakelands

Any opinion/gut feel/previous experience on this will be most welcome so we can plan our Easter camp accordingly

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Reply By: Member - Matt L (WA) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2011 at 13:51

Sunday, Apr 03, 2011 at 13:51
Hi the Park will be closed for Easter , last year it opened on 10th May and there has been the same or more rain up that way. The Cooktown Shire is the authority about roads in the Lakefield N/P ph 07 40695444
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Follow Up By: Tonyfish#58 - Sunday, Apr 03, 2011 at 15:52

Sunday, Apr 03, 2011 at 15:52
Link to Cook Shire Road report

CCS Road Report

It may be quite a while before it opens this year

Cheers Tony
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Reply By: Polaris - Sunday, Apr 03, 2011 at 20:55

Sunday, Apr 03, 2011 at 20:55
Yup - still a lot of water about on Cape York.

Went up to Cooktown Crossing on the Mitchell today (off the Huricane Road - Nth of Mt Carbine) - must be at least a metre over the causeway and flowing FAST!

Was thinking about maybe going there over Easter - but have now changed my mind.

Will need to find somewhere else.
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Follow Up By: CSeaJay - Monday, Apr 04, 2011 at 09:08

Monday, Apr 04, 2011 at 09:08
Hay Polaris, with your local knowledge there

Is the cooktown crossing a good place to camp?

If yes, can you can please advise which side has the best camping spots? I went through there some years ago with water abot knee depth but again flowing fast, so there is no way I would cross if it is an inch higher

But I have the benig=fit of coming from the south (Mt Carbine) or north, so we can camp there without having to cross

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Follow Up By: Polaris - Monday, Apr 04, 2011 at 10:21

Monday, Apr 04, 2011 at 10:21
Cooktown Crossing is normally a nice place to camp.
But not at the moment. The ground is muddy and the spear grass is a metre high.
The river is flowing very fast and dirty - so high that you cant even see the causway.
Presently I only approached from the Mt Carbine side and would imagine that access to the western side would be impossible due to the Hodgkinson most likely to be also flooded at Kondaparinga.

I'm also looking for an Easter camp - but will give the Mitchell in this area a big miss.
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Monday, Apr 04, 2011 at 10:25

Monday, Apr 04, 2011 at 10:25
Thank you all for your replies and advice

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