traveling from cairns to normanton,Lorn Hill and Mt Isl

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We are heading from Albury north to Cairns, then across via Mt Surprise to Normanton, Lorn Hill to Mt Isla, pulling our 2009 18ft poptop with Pajero. We are looking at advise on somewhere to stay at normanton for a couple of nights, So we can then travel to Kurumba for a day trip. Is It worth taking van up for a couple of days to Kurumba or just doing a day trip. Your help please
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 19:41

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 19:41
I think you mean Lawn Hill and Mt. Isa
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 20:02

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 20:02
Hi Pinko

He is correct in the way he is travelling.

There are a couple of way from Cairns through to Normanton, then the Savannah Way through to Burketown then down to Gregory and then the short step through to Lawn Hill.

From there the dirt road down to the Isa.


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Reply By: Evan 1 - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 19:57

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 19:57
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Definitely stay at Karumba for a few days. Relaxing, great prawns, fishing, and the best sunsets enjoyed at the pub with a cold one.
Also check out Burke & Wills camp 119 near Normanton, very interesting.

Enjoy Lawn Hill it is amazing!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 20:08

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 20:08
Hi Evan

They would want to book well in advance to get into any of the Caravan Parks in Kurumba.

When we pulled into the town and ask at the Tourist Information Centre and asked about the caravan park, the first thing the lady said, I hope you have book in, as every park was fully booked out, and was early June.

There are 2 caravan parks in Normanton, with most people staying in the one in the centre of the town, as well as the free camp on the other side of the bridge, and permits must be obtained from the Tourist Office.




Yes, Lawn Hill is a top spot and we loved staying at Adels Grove.




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Reply By: Member - M&N's - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 20:15

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 20:15
When are you planning to leave Cairns to go west as our wet is beginning here in the gulf?
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Follow Up By: Des and Lynley - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 21:01

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 21:01
leaving cairns in July
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Follow Up By: Member - M&N's - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 21:30

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 21:30
No problems then enjoy the journey mick b
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Reply By: Member - BUSH CAMPER - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 20:51

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 20:51
a free camp just out of Normanton, do a day trip to Kurumba as it will be booked out
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Reply By: Member - Mark C (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 22:18

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 22:18
Definitely stay in Kurumba and book well ahead. Same for lawn hill at Adels grove or national park. Look into Undara Lava Tubes and Corbold gorge. Great locations for a couple of days each.
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 22:44

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 22:44
Good caravan park in the middle of town at Normanton, just over the road from the purple pub. Agree Karumba Pt is crowded at that time of year, and the caravan parks are very squashy. But the comments above about sunsets and the foreshore pub are correct - well worth a visit.
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Reply By: Russan - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 at 13:11

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 at 13:11
Leichhardt Lagoon is a great place to stay. It's a bush camp about 18km south east of Normanton on the Savanah Way.

Stayed there in 2015 and it was about $10/night. Had showers and toilets.

Karumba will be very busy at that time of year and you would be lucky to find a caravan site. We drove into Karumba from Leichhardt Lagoon and had a look around, from memory about 90km.
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