Fire at Adel’s Grove

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 08:36
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I just heard that a bad fire ripped through Adel’s Grove destroying campers & tents causing a full evacuation.
News item HERE
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 08:50

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 08:50
The campground is often packed and would have been now with it being in the middle of both the grey nomad season and the school holidays. It is amazing (thankfully) that everybody made a successful escape in the dark.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 12:31

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 12:31
I couldn’t believe that there were 500 people there, it might have just come off one of my places to visit!
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Follow Up By: duck - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 13:24

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 13:24
Go don't take it off your list just go early Or late in the season & miss school holidays as I said I was back there again this year in april & there was only about 50 people there & it was great,
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 09:04

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 09:04
Best wishes and good luck to all the team up there...

I flew an aircraft into Adel's over 25 years ago and have been visiting ever as often as we can ever since...

"The Grove" had it genesis in the wonderful work that Albert de Lestang did, only to be destroyed by fire in the 1950s...

History repeats, but without doubt I'm sure it will recover once again.

Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Reply By: duck - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 09:07

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 09:07
So sad
Was just there in April this year & it was just the start of the season they were busy getting everything ready for the season & it was looking great (have been there several times)
I'm glad to here no one was injured & hope they can keep operating in some form whilst they rebuild
When you think some of the fire fighters came from as far as Doomadgee & Burketown
Hope the Insurance companies are fair, "there normally not" for all involved
So So Sad
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Reply By: Ron N - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 11:13

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 11:13
One of the problems with fires like this is, whether the insurance is adequate to cover a full and proper rebuild - and to cover loss of income while the place is being rebuilt.
Not enough people realise that if you underinsure in the total value, a damage claim can be reduced to recognise the property was underinsured in total.
This is called "apply-average" in insurance-speak, and it has cost a lot of people substantial sums in the past, when they made damage claims on their insurance.


The other important thing is to keep extensive records (pictorial, and on paper) of what you spent on the building, what was inside it, and the cost records of the equipment and items/consumables that were inside the building.
Then keep those records in a fire-proof safe, or fire-proof document holders.

I've had my house burn down (due to no fault of mine), and it was a very soul-destroying episode - even to the extent of having to be subjected to a grilling by the police, who are the first on the scene, looking for evidence and proof of arson.

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: duck - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 12:23

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 12:23
I agree with you totally
Back in 2001,I had my factory burn (industrial area) in a major bush fire & late 2017 my son & I ran into a submerged object 25klms to sea in our boat & it went down & 3hours later we were rescued by the west Pac helicopter the ordeal was nothing to the interrogation, full financial investigation, the insurance company gave us & then they only offered less than half of the agreed value & at time of taking out the policy (18months earlier) I had to pay there value & surveyor $1400each & he valued it for a lot more than I insured it & after 12months of legal back & forth (ombudsman etc.) they deposited the agreed value into my account the day before going to court
There quick to take our money but they will do everything they can to slow down payment & the least amount & what’s the point of the ombudsman he’s got NO teeth
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Reply By: Zippo - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 12:32

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 12:32
That's bad news all around.

2019 seems to be a year that these things are destined to affect many travellers. We have (had?) a booking there for the end of July, now very much up in the air.

And that follows up on the Tobermorey flood in March - we had booked there early this year for a transit stay in a week or so's time, and rang on Sunday to check whether they are back on their feet properly. (Only partly as of now.) They have lost all records of bookings placed before the flood, and they are still impacted.

Back in 2015? we arrived in Winton to see the smoke still rising at the WM Centre. Not sure if we are jinxed or whether we are just "carriers".
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Follow Up By: duck - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 12:55

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 12:55
let us all know where your next traveling to so we can go the other way (LOL)
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 19:45

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 19:45
Mightn't be a bad idea ....
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 12:48

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 12:48
This is so sad for such a fantastic place to stay.

More than ever before, please do not put this off going to this little gem.

Yes it was the shop and restaurant, but the camping grounds will be fine, and without your support it is going to give the owners an even harder time.

Help them rebuild with your support, and see a real oasis in the bush.

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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 13:06

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 at 13:06
“An Update from the Adels Grove Team (on Facebook)...

We can confirm a fire has destroyed our main building last night impacting the reception/shop, restaurant, deck and bar with no injuries reported.

An 82-acre holiday park we have 61 accommodation rooms and glamping tents plus 235 camp and caravan sites which are relatively unaffected.

While we regroup we believe the temporary loss of services should not impact the vast majority of our visitors provided they are self-sufficient and equipped with supplies.

With many campers opting to remain in the park to continue their holiday the Lawn Hill Gorge boat tours are running and canoe hire is open for business!

Thank you to everyone for their patience with temporary arrangements for check in and alike.

Any travellers or guests wanting further information or assistance can call 0474 522 146 while phone lines are re-established.”
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Reply By: Tony T3 - Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 at 17:22

Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 at 17:22
This is bad news indeed. I hope the fish and chip shop escaped the damage, and encourage all who can to make the trip to this wonderful place.
Best wishes with the rebuilding.
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