MacDonald Downs Station NT

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015 at 15:40
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Last year while travelling on the Binns Track, about 69km north of the Plenty Highway, we went flying past the Turn off to Macdonald Downs Station. We were later told by travellers that it was a real treat and the country side amazing.
From the station you can travel 24km south to Mt Swan and then another 18km east to get back on the Binns. Of course, if travelling north, this trip could be done in the reverse.
Can anyone throw some light on this little adventure?
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Reply By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015 at 18:06

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015 at 18:06
From memory, Gemtree Caravan Park have it as one of their mud map drives. But a visit there could fit in well either coming from or going to the Ross River gathering in July.
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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2015 at 08:52

Thursday, Mar 05, 2015 at 08:52
Thanks for the reply Kevin.
I have no problems with the actual tracks as they show up clearly on Hema NT State Map. I am interested in finding out if anyone has camped at the station, done the loop and if is worth it .
Unfortunately we will not be going to the Annual Gathering at Ross River as we will be passing through this area in May/June and continuing on to Rudall River NP and the wilds of WA.
Enjoy the gathering.
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Reply By: Sawtybt - Thursday, Mar 05, 2015 at 15:53

Thursday, Mar 05, 2015 at 15:53
The Chalmers Family have owned MacDonald Downs Station since the 1920's and some of the family now run the Gemtree Caravan Park. That is why they would be providing mud maps of the area. I worked with one of the grandsons between 2000 - 2003 and he was surprised to know that I actually knew where the station was situated.
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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2015 at 11:22

Saturday, Mar 07, 2015 at 11:22
Thank you Sawtybt, I do hope we make the detour this time and meet the Chalmers Family.
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