Central Queensland to Lawn Hill, School Hols June-July 2013

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We are thinking of travelling through Central Queensland in late June - early July 2013, to reach Lawn Hill late July.
We will be staying in caravan parks in a camper trailer.
At this time it is Queensland school holidays.
Does any one have experience with this trip?
How crowded does it get?
Is it worth waiting until after the school holidays to avoid crowds, kids, etc?
Are there any secluded or less popular places we could stay?
Any other tips or suggestions would be great appreciated.
Cheers,
Des
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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 18:13

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 18:13
Des, when you say central Qld, do you mean via the coast and then inland, or are you coming up into Qld inland? In other words, where are you coming from? Kevin
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Follow Up By: desvejk - Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 22:09

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 22:09
Sorry Kevin
I should have said inland central Queensland.
Cheers
Des
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 19:23

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 19:23
We did it several years ago up from NSW through Longreach, also staying at Cloncurry and Mt Isa.
Had no problems, though the CP at Longreach was fairly busy and glad we booked 2 days ahead. We booked well in advance at Adel's Grove and had plenty of space under shady trees.
All the good free camps like the weir out of Barcaldine and river north of Longreach were overflowing with seemingly semi permanent Grey nomads.
To be honest having been at the weir at Barcaldine over 30 years ago I was disgusted with how crowded and polluted it was. Turned me off "known" Free camps on water near major towns or highways and I was happy to stay in CP (or camp in the middle of no where with zero facilities)
We have also travelled north during Qld July school holidays through Emerald, we had no problem overnight at the CP at Fairbairn Dam.

We had a great 3 days at Lawn Hill and could have spent another day or 2

Mark
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Follow Up By: desvejk - Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 22:10

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 22:10
Hi Mark,
Seems like its not to crowded.
That's good to hear.
We like Lake Maraboon so we may stay there again.
Cheers
Des
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Reply By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 23:06

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 23:06
Des,

Be aware that if you wish to camp at the NP at Lawn Hill you need to book in advance, you can not just turn up and take a spot. Adel's Grove is only a few kms from the park and a v/good spot as well. On the way in or out depending which way you travel stop at the bridge over the Gregory River, it is supposed to be closed for camping but last year people ignored that. Any way it is a great place for a swim.

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Follow Up By: desvejk - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 13:36

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 13:36
Thanks Mike
I really appreciate the advice.
We do usually book if the spot looks popular.
We know Lawn Hill is great because of all the good thing we've heard.
When travelling we always ask people we meet to tell us about their "must see" locations.
Lawn Hill has come up so many time it's now on our list for this year.
We're not sure where to go form Lawn Hill.
One idea is to travel east and then on to Cairns and Cooktown.
How are the roads travelling east?
Cheers,

Des
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