I think you run the risk of being rained out in mid-December. Doing it
solo is not a big deal in July-September when the roads have dried out,
though some friends of mine found it a bit wet in the middle of last
year [too slippery to get into the Iron Range].
There are plenty of places to stay, but not so many where you have a
roof over your head. That's not an issue during the dry.
Having been to the tip and back myself, I would be tempted to do the
trip one way and catch the barge back from Seisa.
On Saturday, March 17, 2007, at 08:00 PM, Tim Jones wrote:
My 16 year old son, Simon and I are thinking of doing a CY trip in the
2 weeks leading up to Christmas 2007.
Looking at the correspondence on Birding-Aus, not many trip reports
have been logged, suggesting not many people venture there (or maybe
they just don't come back!). However, we are determined to go, and
pick up as many of the specialities we can. We may be joined by a
friend from the UK.
My guess is:
1. There aren't that many places to stay on a route which is designed
about the finding of birds, so at least some of the time has to be
2. Therefore most people who do a trip there arrange it with a guide
with local expertise.
Can anyone who has experience of this please let me know how they went
about it, where to see the specialities, and if it is unwise to do the
trip 'solo', who the best guides for such a trip would be? Please note
this will be a serious attempt to pick up as many of the specialities
as we can. We have visited Cairns and environs, and only 'need' a few
species from those areas such as Blue-faced Parrot Finches,
Great-billed Heron and 2 or 3 others.
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