About this series

Cape York is an incredible place - around 137,000 square kilometres of diverse landscapes.  The people who look after the land and sea are just as diverse and fascinating; amazing people in this amazing place.  

In 2016 Cape York Natural Resource Management and South Cape York Catchments met to discuss the best means of sharing the stories of Cape York's land managers. Our conclusion? Let them tell their own stories! 

And My Cape York Life was born.

We hope you enjoy these stories as we travel far and wide across dirt roads and volcanic soils, through tropical savannas, lush rainforests, abundant wetlands, and pristine rivers - talking with farmers, conservationists, leaders and rangers - as they share with you their journeys, and their stories of managing land on Cape York.

My Cape York Life is brought to you by Cape York NRM, with support from South Cape York Catchments, and the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.

The theme music is Midday Blues by Tate Peterson used under a Creative Commons licence.

This series is hosted by Cape York NRM's Lyndal Scobell, and produced by Richard Dinnen. Cape York NRM's on-line team are Ben Lister and Robyn May.

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Lewis Roberts with his wife Edith and brother Charlie at Shiptons Flat

MCYL 08 Lewis Roberts (series final)

Lewis Roberts is a highly regarded self-taught naturalist and botanical illustrator. He has an Order of Australia, and last year quietly received the Queensland Natural History award.

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Dr Wendy Seabrook Cooktown

MCYL 07 Wendy Seabrook

Dr Wendy Seabrook is an ecologist, an innovator and a strategic  thinker.  She has worked around the world and is originally from London. She's worked with the giant Aldabra tortoises in the Seychelles and cane toads in northern New South Wales and on the Atherton Tablelands.

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Desmond Tayley, Mayor of Wujal Wujal

MCYL 06 Desmond Tayley

Desmond Tayley is a Cape York leader, who has the rare distinction of being one of Australia’s youngest and longest-serving mayors.

As the Mayor of Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, he describes his community as the place “so nice you’ve got to say it twice”.

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Peter and Annette Marriott at Ninda Creek

MCYL 05 Peter & Annette Marriot

Peter and Annette Marriott have done a lot in their time together on Cape York Peninsula.

The Marriotts run Ninda Creek, a 9,000 acre cattle property near Lakeland, on southern Cape York.

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Night monitoring near Mapoon Photo: Lyndal Scobell

MCYL 04 Louise Stone

Louise Stone has lived a colourful life.  She grew up on dairy farm on the Atherton Tablelands and has travelled Australia's east coast in horse and buggy.

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Lama Lama Country Marina Plains Photo: Lyndal Scobell

MCYL 03 Mikayla Down & Wilfred Peter

Mikayla Down and Wilfred Peter are Traditional Owners from Lama Lama Country, which hugs the northern coast of Princess Charlotte Bay on Cape York Peninsula.

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Crocodile at Flinders Beach Photo: Lyndal Scobell

MCYL 02 Shelley Lyon Part Two

In Episode 2 of My Cape York Life we continue the journey of Shelley Lyon and her family through Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland.

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Wenlock River, Cape York Photo: Lyndal Scobell

MCYL 01 Shelley Lyon Part One

In Episode 1 of My Cape York Life, we talk with Shelley Lyon - a ranger at Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve - on the banks of the Wenlock River.

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Sunset at Silver Plains Photo: Lyndal Scobell

MCYL 101 My Cape York Life About

Stories from the people who live, breathe and work Cape York Peninsula, managing the land and our future.

First episode available Friday 10 February 2017.

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