The Great Top Road

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 21:08
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Planning a trip in August starting Wagga,Tibooburra,Haddons Cnr,Channel Country,Lawn Hill then the top road to Roper River, Mataranka and home.
Only have 4 weeks but want to visit the coast at either Hells Gate or Wollogorang for a spot of fishing/camping. Has anybody been to both ?. Which is best?
Also Kingfisher Camp, is it essential to book?

Only 1 vehicle with Tvan and itinery is flexible but still only 4 weeks - long way but what the heck I'm really looking forward to it.

Bob L
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Reply By: miker - Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 16:04

Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 16:04
Bob,

Did most of that trip July / August last year. You may well find some good info on this site if you do a search - I think I may have put down some info as well, from memory. We only went as far West as Wollogorang and spent 10 days on the beach. Absolutely sublime. Towed in a little tinnie. Great beach, fishing and camping. Only 3/4 other vehicles at peak of season - great stuff. I'm pretty sure this is your only access to the coast without traversing an "off limits" track behind the Hell's Gate Roadhouse. The track is on Wollogorang Station property and pretty arduous and not for the general public. This is what the owner of Hell's Gate told us.

Can't go past Wollogorang! Stay the Tully Inlet (West) end of the beach. Much nicer than Massacre Inlet. Tibooburra, Lawn Hill etc. have huge amounts of info available about them so I'm sure you'll have no trouble getting up to date info.

Cheers

Mike.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bob L - Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 22:00

Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 22:00
Thanks Mike,
Just the sort of info I need, Looks like Tully is the go. Can only fish from shore but don't want to become croc bait? Want to experience as much as we can.
Will try for 1/2 day charter at Boroloola or Roper River if available.
Many thanks
Bob L
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Reply By: Graham & Ann - Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 16:45

Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 16:45
Bob,
Boulia CVP on the river is well worth a stop over on your way to Lawn Hill where Adels Grove is a top spot to camp, especially if your going to be there for a few days, good showers etc. get a spot down on the creek, nice and cool there. Have not been accross the top yet so cant comment there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob L - Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 22:20

Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 22:20
Graham & Ann
Thanks for your recommendation. I believe Boulia will work in well as a stopover point.
Visited Lawn Hill a couple of years ago (by air from Karumba) and landed at Adels Grove, well worth a second visit
Happy travelling
Bob L
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 17:12

Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 17:12
We did it last year too, Tully inlet tops, you will have to book at Adel's grove or Lawn Hill NP, Adel's better . We went via Kingfisher on the way to Tully & it looked nice & not crowded nice facilitys. We didn't make it to Roper or Mataranka as originaly planned as time ran out so we came home via Cape Crawford & Barkley. Costs $30.00 a night at Tully but worth it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob L - Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 22:38

Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 22:38
Thanks Bob & Lex
I'm convinced. Tully inlet sounds just right. Adels Grove is the only place Im prepared to book ahead though fixing a date won't be easy. The rest we will play by ear and I wont be suprised if we also run out of time.
Will need to re-assess plans when we get to Borroloola.
Originally planned to visit Bourketown but the Kingfisher option sounds too good to miss.
So much to see, so much to do, so little time.

Cheers, Happy travelling

Bob L
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