Mt Isa to Lawn Hill/Adele's camping ground

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I watched Qld weekender this morning am and looking at going to the Mt Isa rodeo this year and after seeing Qld wk ender im now also thinking about doing this trip after the rodeo.
I do know that some ot the road sealed, and unsealed section is suitable to take a single axel on road van along?



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Reply By: wholehog - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 14:01

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 14:01
Sections may be corrogated and dusty. Its a nice drive though. Let the tyres down a bit, dust proof the door and lower fridge vent and have a lovely drive.
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Reply By: tg123 - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 14:08

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 14:08
Drove it last year not towing. Road was pretty shocking in places & would not have liked to be towing an on road van. However, there were quite a few on road vans at Adeles so it is doable. Low tyre pressures & low speed a must.
Have fun, lovely spot.
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Follow Up By: Michael 1954 - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 18:36

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 18:36
Thanks Tg123.what tyre pressures would you recomend on the van (A Van) and Tug D_MAX 4x4 auto?
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Reply By: Evan 1 - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 14:12

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 14:12
Also have at look at going via Gregory it can be a better road than via Riversleigh. You can always visit the fossil site from AG in your car.
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Follow Up By: Michael 1954 - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 18:40

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 18:40
Thanks Even
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 18:04

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 18:04
Hi Michael

As above, if you go via Cloncurry and Gregory, there is less than 40 kilometres of dirt.

Adels Grove is a must visit location.


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Follow Up By: Michael 1954 - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 18:39

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 18:39
Thanks Stephen.I will take a look at your sugestion
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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Monday, May 16, 2016 at 10:35

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 10:35
Hi Steve L wondering if coming from our way SA .Whats best way to get to Adeles Grove.And need to book ahead cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, May 16, 2016 at 22:22

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 22:22
Hi Lazylux

If coming from South Australia, the shortest way and the way I prefer is up through Marree, Birdsville, Bedourie, Boulia.

From Boulia, you then have 2 choices. Our intended route was to go up to Mt Isa and then straight up the dirt to Adels Grove. With heavy rain forecasted, we detoured to Winton, then to Cloncurry, Burke & Wills Roadhouse, Gregory and then to Adels Grove that way, with only 40kms of dirt from Gregory to Adels Grove.

As for booking, we booked 6 months in advance but seeing it is a big place, you can take your chances. If staying in The Grove, there are not set places, so it will not matter if you pre book or not.

We wanted to stay in the generator area, so by pre booking, we knew where our camp was going to be. I preferred the generator area, as there was large nice open sites where you could set up the solar panels to keep things charges, and if you have a generator, you can run that for extra power during the day.

We were there for 4 days, could could have stayed a lot longer, as there is such a lot to see and do.

Enjoy your trip.


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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Monday, May 16, 2016 at 23:10

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 23:10
Thanks again Stephen good info..What would you say a good time to get up there or should I say when are there minimal amount of tourists or is it really popular now.I think I missed the boat hey.But been lucky saw Kimbereleys in 97 and Bungle Bungles only a a couple campers back then.cheers What do you get around in ?If I see ya on the road be great to say hi..
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Reply By: wendys - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 22:17

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 22:17
We took our off road van to Adels, via the Thorntonia/Riversleigh route, a few times. But for an on road van I would definitely recommend going via Cloncurry, Burke & Wills R/H, Gregory Downs.
The Riversleigh route involves at least one flowing river crossing - cement ford, and by July should not be much more than 30-40cms deep, but does flow and the ford can be slippery.
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Reply By: wendys - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 22:18

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 22:18
If you want to go to Rodeo, you had better try to book place to stay right now. It is very popular!
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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 22:28

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 22:28
We loved Lawn Hill, and chose to stay at Adel's Grove Michael. On the advice of caravan park staff at Adeles, we went via Riversleigh as the road was good at the time. A few shallow water crossings with concrete causeway.

Recent reports on forums from others, there have been no problem with taking caravans to Adel's. It pays to book at Adel's Grove in peak period, so when phoning to book you can get the latest news on the roads. All sites are unpowered, but there is a generator section.
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Reply By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 10:13

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 10:13
When up that area I'll show you a fantastic quiet camping spot, I spent a night there back in Dec' 2005, it's about 26Klms towards Camooweal from the the Gregory Hotel




On the way to the river you should pass this old Truck Cab

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11:23

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11:23
Pretty sure that's where they start the annual canoe race from, Doug. Agree it's a great spot. There used to be a couple of cement slabs just out from the river too..........maybe there'd been a permanent camp there once?

Plenty of freshies around there but never saw any scalie fellars.

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