Burketown

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 07:42
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As I have mentioned on another thread - we are heading to Lawn Hill in June and we are also planning to visit Burketown. How many days would be enough to see all that it has to offer?

Also - is it 'safe' due to crocodiles to camp at Leichhardt Falls?
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 10:31

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 10:31
Burketown you can see in a day or two, unless you're into fishing and want to venture towards the gulf.
Leichardt Falls is a good safe place to camp, but don't swim if there's any water there.
Rocky ground, so you won't be banging in any tent pegs, but a good spot for an overnight stop and a good way to travel through to Normanton - or alternatively if heading south you can cut through Augustus Downs and on to Julia Creek or Cloncurry.
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Follow Up By: Genny - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:40

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:40
I went through that Augustus Downs road a couple of years ago. It was dry, dusty, desolate and then .......





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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 17:13

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 17:13
Stunning photos - this country is full of delightful surprises, isn't it ?!
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Reply By: Member - Megan and Kevin D - Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 13:23

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We spent maybe three nights at the caravan park in Burketown. One of us wasn't feeling well and the park provided a restful enough location.

The guy at the garage lent us a big tension wrench that we needed. He trusted us to return it the next day. Nice! And the caravan park manager was only too happy to lend birding books and share his knowledge.

There is a new bridge but the old one has been left in place for socialising on. Very pleasant spot for a glass of wine in the early evening.

There was a great sculpture or bird bath outside the Shire office if I remember rightly.

There were a couple of short drives around the area which were interesting. One was to the old tallow rendering works.

All in all, I would go again if I was up that way but it's a long way from Batemans Bay.
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Reply By: Member - Graham D2 - Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 at 18:39

Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 at 18:39
We stayed at the falls for 2 nights camping on the small dirt section on the northern side just after dropping down to the falls crossing. Nearby was a clear rock pool. Great spot for cooling off. Less than a metre deep. No crocs to be seen. I wouldn't attempt to swim on the southern side or below the falls.
At Burketown we stayed beside the Albert River a few k's east of the town out along the Traganini Rd. Free camping with next camp about 500m's away. There were showers at the showgrounds. Good meal at the restored pub. As previously mentioned a couple of days is enough unless into fishing.

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