Heading to Darwin

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 22:34
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Having kids in all areas of Oz by mid year - we are wanting to head to Darwin from Burketown, anyone ever travelled the track through Doomagee - Hells Gate -Borroloola - Daly Waters - Darwin. Appreciate any experienced feedback. Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Bear - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 23:42

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 23:42
went that way with the family late last year. The track was good all the way.

Burketown is quite so we stayed at Escott lodge for the night, nice people and god tucker from the bar/rest.Hells Gate is good camp ground

Try to get past Boroloola as there is not much to see or worth hanging around for..

Cape Crawford is nice clean camping area also with a bar & feed.

DALY Waters is well worth a beer or 10 and a look around but we found the camping to be so so - we decided to push onto to Mataranka.

All in all its a great trek.

Good luck.


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Follow Up By: Lyds - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 07:12

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 07:12
We stayed at Cape Crawford last year. Not a bad spot. All was going well until a group of Fishos turned up at 1am and decided to drink, play pool, yahoo, and carry on through the night. They kept walking past my tent to get from their cars to the bar, so who was a bit nervous then?

Cheers,
Stuart
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Follow Up By: Fisherboy - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 16:40

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 16:40
We figured there would have to be places that would have to be avoided for safety sake and comforts. Our son is working near Burketown and he has said it was a great spot to stop.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brett H (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 06, 2004 at 09:17

Saturday, Mar 06, 2004 at 09:17
Daly Waters pub is well worth the short drive off the Highway, 5 km I think, they serve up the COLDEST beer and the walls of the pub are adorned with the most unusual things.
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Reply By: Willem - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 08:26

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 08:26
It is a well worn track taken by many travellers these days. Normally from May onwards the creeks are down far enough for safe water crossings. To my mind it is a bit of a boring run to Daly Waters from Borroloola. There is a back road up through Nathan River, Roper Bar to Mataranka. Normally a pretty good gravel road with better scenery and the last 120km is bitumen. There is also the newly opened conservation park( don't know the name) near Nathan River where the fabulous 'Lost City' may be accessed. This place apparently rivals the Bungles. Plenty of bush camping spots along the way. Got to go there soon.

Happy travels.Willem
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Follow Up By: Fisherboy - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 16:45

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 16:45
Willem, I guess this would only be a 4 wheel drive track only with no trailer. Sounds like a track that needs time to enjoy not just to travel through from A-B. When is soon 4 U? We intend to go August /September.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 13:03

Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 13:03
There wasa bloke and his missus camped on the Cox River on the back road with 40ft caravan!! Yes the road is trailer friendly and plenty of vans go along it as well. My trip thsat way may be next year...will see..too much on this year.

Cheers,Willem
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 16:03

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 16:03
We did the Gulf track last year, easy drive just watch creek xings. Go and camp at Tully Inlet at Woolagorang Station it's magic & well worth the charge it's 3 to 4 hrs drive in from homestead. Regards Bob
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Follow Up By: Fisherboy - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 16:49

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 16:49
Bob & Lex, were you towing, and what time of the year were you travelling. The Woolagorang station sounds to be worth visiting. Will keep that in mind.
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 18:22

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 18:22
As you can see by our tag yes we were towing & we left Sydney 22 june, we spent 2 days at Tully Inlet but could've spent a week. Regards Bob
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Reply By: Member - Alex B - Friday, Feb 20, 2004 at 10:40

Friday, Feb 20, 2004 at 10:40
Hi Fisherboy, we traveled the track back in May 2000 with a 5m boat in tow -on a very heavy duty off road trailer. Some of the creeks were a little tricky as it was a late wet season and one was particularly muddy but our old faithful diesel Troopy got us through (few tense moments LOL).
Woolagorang is definitely worth a visit. We didn’t think much of King Ash Bay - but some people love it.
The corrugations west of Woolagorang were so bad that it took us 6 hours to travel 176kms - then we meet the grader - a couple of days later and it would have been a breeze - so like all tracks it just depends what the weather has been and when the graders have been through.
You'll love the area and the experience
We can't wait to do it again!
Cheers
Alex
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