Kingfisher Camp

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 20:38
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Hello,

Has anyone been to Kingfisher Camp before, top end of Queensland ? possibly looking at doing a day trip from Lawn Hill
Wondering what peoples thoughts are regarding this place, is it worth going ??? anyone tried their hand at fishing here ??

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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 20:44

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 20:44
I think you might find it is now closed.

Kingfisher Camp Closure Notice

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Follow Up By: goldlink - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 20:48

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 20:48
oh really? do you know why that is?
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 20:58

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 20:58
Not really sure, but would hazard a guess that it was to expensive to maintain roads and the camp (both dollars and time it took). Others may have a better idea.

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Reply By: Member - Will 76 Series - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 20:49

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 20:49
Goldlink, we tried to get to Kingfisher mid last year but unfortunately as per the link it is now closed due to new ownership. As per the notice the Hells Grage Road House is a good stopover.
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Follow Up By: goldlink - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 20:52

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 20:52
That's a shame! we were looking for a nice camp spot near the water with some fishing opportunities :(
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 23:01

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 23:01
Funny that there is no mention of being closed on their own website, all links are working including prices....

KINGFISHER CAMP

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 23:20

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 23:20
It has been discussed on the this forum before.

Also, if you look at the prices page in the link you supplied, you will find it is from 2007.

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Follow Up By: rumpig - Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 07:01

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 07:01
Feel free to drive there and have a look yourself Shaker, but friends stopped in there last year and it was closed....they camped in the scrub up the road that night, as it was to far to get to anywhere else that late in the day for them.
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Reply By: Been-Everywhereman - Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 09:15

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 09:15
I know the person who designed and placed the kingfisher webpage and he has informed me that the place has closed to the public for now and he has not been able to remove or modify their webpage. It was done many years ago.
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Reply By: Shaker - Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 11:42

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 11:42
Probably another camp that has been abused!
I know when we there, there was a fisherman with a 5kva builders type generator in a frame running all day in the tray of his vehicle powering what looked like a domestic chest freezer. Of course he wasn't in the generator area either.

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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 12:32

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 12:32
Bowthorne Station was sold. And more than likely the cost of liability insurance makes it unviable versus what they can charge so less hassle for the new owners by closing it down, which is a pity.

But unless people are willing to pay a fair price for this type of camping spot this will happen more and more...

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Reply By: Member - rooster350 - Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 11:59

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 11:59
It would be a long day trip...there 14 double gates to open and close ( just ask my missus) and the fishing is not very good either unless you have a boat and even then when we were there the locals were not getting much if anything, it is hard to get to the waters edge in places on foot. A lot of effort to get there for not much.There are some good walks , and a bit of scenery..thats about it. We were there about 3 yrs ago and the people at the property were very friendly and helpful.
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Reply By: wendys - Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 19:39

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 19:39
Two sisters of the family that previously owned Bowthorn set up the camp and ran it with campground managers for the season. The sisters were happy to interact with campers and deal with problems the managers needed help with. The cattle operation was run by a brother. Several years ago, Bowthorn was sold. The new owners were clearly focussed on the cattle operation, but I think they kept the camp open for a couple of seasons, maybe to see if it was worthwhile. Clearly, the return was not judged worth the hassle of tourists, and issues involved with setting it up again each year after the Wet.
Pity, because the campground was a lovely place, beside the Nicholson River. There was good canoeing, boating, walking and a couple of great drives on the place.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 23:11

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 23:11
There's a big waterhole further down Lawn Hill Ck, called Blue Hole, or Bluewater Hole on the map. We went there once, about 30 years ago, and think it's on the road to Doomadgee? Might be a barra in there, but there's also large lizards there too!

Not sure if you'd have to ask permission to fish or not, from Lawn Hill Station?

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