Karumba to Chillago via Burke Development Road.

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 13:49
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I am think of taking this route in the next couple of weeks. Could anybody let me know of the condition of the road and approx how long it would take.

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Tom
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 17:14

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 17:14
It's a good dirt formed road about 560klms, and that's the distance between fuel too. When you get to Chillagoe, visit Tom Prior at the BP bulk fuel depot just on the edge of town, he is a living legend with his car and truck museum.
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Follow Up By: Member - Neil T6 - Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 17:39

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 17:39
Yes, well worth a look at Toms car collection.
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 19:48

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 19:48
Wow, is Tom still going, that is awesome. Really nice genuine person.
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Follow Up By: Tony F8 - Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 22:20

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 22:20
Yep, only chatting with him the other week, one of life's classics
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Follow Up By: Member - bill f (QLD) - Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 at 16:00

Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 at 16:00
Wanted to do that trip before my legs gave out. What bothered me was the river crossings about 190 km from Karumba as I was going to come from the Chillago end & only had a soft roader. Couldn't carry enough fuel if I had to return to Chillago Now on the "wish I had of" list. Bill
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Monday, Oct 21, 2019 at 22:37

Monday, Oct 21, 2019 at 22:37
Pretty easy drive, but there are absolutely no facilities along the way, and you are not likely to see much (if any) traffic, so don't expect any help if you get into strife, and don't go if you are uncomfortable with isolation.
No specific camp spots, but we pulled off to the side of the road about half way between Dunbar and Chillagoe and there is plenty of flat space.
If you don't have to go straight to Chillagoe, the trip across the Mitchell River and up to join the Cape developmental road is an interesting one.
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