Normanton to Musgrave Road House; Which Road?

Submitted: Monday, May 09, 2016 at 20:53
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In July looking to travel from Lawn Hill to Lakefield NP over 2-3 days. Seems there are 3 routes, Savannah Way, Burke Development Rd to Chillagoe or via "Artemis". Will be 2 people travelling in a fairly standard Pajero (heavy duty struts and air bags) towing a heavy KK Camper Trailer.
Already done searches here and read notes in Ron Moon's Cape York Book.
Wonder if the Burke development Rd shortcut is any quicker or more "scenic"?
Not really into dirt roads for dirt roads sake, can anyone comment on what the differences are?
Is one route any more interesting than the other?
Thank you
Mark
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Reply By: gbc - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 10:58

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 10:58
Take the gulf D road, then into Laura via Fairview and Fairlight Stations. Very pretty range country. Probably the shorter way too?
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 14:31

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 14:31
We came down a couple of years ago from Musgrave via Artemis, Dixie and crossed the Mitchell to Dunbar, and then on to Normanton.
Good interesting trip, towing our TVan. Track a bit windy and rutted in places, but no real problems.
Good idea to have another vehicle with you though (our friends had Hilux with Heaslip slide-on).
The wide Mitchell crossing would be a bit interesting if the levels are up, but there is a good solid base of some sort of mesh put down to help. A couple of little creeks back up the track, but they were almost dry when we went through.
Heading back up to that area again this year, planning to go Normanton-Dunbar-Chillagoe-Mareeba.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 17:19

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 17:19
Much appreciated Wildmax, may see you in July. Will be in company with a lifted 100 series, snorkel fitted which won't be towing anything.
I don't mind dirt roads, but I am averse to any water above 500mm, just asking for problems months down the track.
Mark
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Reply By: Malcom M - Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 08:31

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 08:31
"fairly standard Pajero"

Standard tires or light truck off road?
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 12:49

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 12:49
Light Truck Tyres
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