Cape York to Darwin

Submitted: Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 09:54
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Is there an adventurous way to get from Cape York to Darwin. Also how self sufficient do you need to be and are there any free camp spots and interesting places to see.We have a well maintained 4wd with UHF but need info about fuel and places to get groceries.
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Reply By: Member Andys Adventures - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 10:10

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 10:10
Hi Katz78,
Try the Savannah way there is fuel in most towns and the road is in good shape. Take the Atl Savannah way from Borroloola, where you can get groceries, through to Roper Bar. There are the Southern lost city and the western lost city's butterfly springs, Lorella Springs all worth looking at, and the list goes on.
Andy
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 15:27

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 15:27
If you are on Cape York proper ie somewhere north of Laura you might like to consider this route if you are up for a bit more remote travel. Still can get fuel and groceries at various places along the way. Here goes: Leave the Peninsula Development Rd just north of Laura (Fairview) and head out through Palmerville and Mt Mulgrave to join up with the Burke Development Road near Wrotham Park. Head west to Dunbar and swing south to Normanton. You will meet up with The Savannah Way about 6 km south of Normanton. Follow this westward through Burketown, Tirrana Roadhouse, Doomadgee, Hells Gate and Borroloola. About 25-39 km west of Borroloola turn off the Carpentaria Hwy to the right and travel SW for about 50km before swinging northward. This will eventually take you to Ngukurr on the Roper River. Swing west again toward the Roper Hwy and this will bring you out on the Stuart Hwy approx 10km south of Mataranka. Then swing north up through Katherine and on into Darwin.
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Follow Up By: Muka - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 21:03

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 21:03
Good route Patrol22, but depending time of year check roads especially near Numbulwar & Ngukurr. If in the dry, no worries

Just be prepared to pay high fuel prices that way

Enjoy

Marty
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 08:58

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 08:58
Hi Maka,
Have had only 378mm of rain all wet season, the road is in great shape, the graders have only just finished grading last week. The road has not been closed at all this year. Fuel is $1.87 at Borroloola, $2.00 Cape Crawford.
Andy
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 10:58

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 10:58
$1.87 isn't that more expensive than Sydney at the moment...........

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