Longreach to Karumba

Submitted: Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 07:47
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Good morninng all,
Been up this morning reading the camps 3 austalia wide doing research on places to stay and would like some first hand comments on places to stay between Longreach and Karumba have found some in the book. The towns that we have considered are Kynuna, Julia Creek. I would like some advise as to which town would be of more importance. We have heard more about Julia creek than Kynuna.

As we have already planned to arrive at Karumba by the 5th of July and booked into a caravan park klms between Longreach and Karumba are going to be broken up with an overnight stay only as we leave the morning of the 4th july from Longreach.

Would appreciate your help as we are just tying up a few lose end before we head of on the 30th june from Toowoomba and very excited can hardly wait now.

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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 09:51

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 09:51
There is not much of Kynuna. If you camp there the hundreds of trucks passing by overnight will keep you awake. Julia Creek is a bigger town with two caravan parks and shopping facilities
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Follow Up By: beachbum - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 10:00

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 10:00
Mate if you are leaving Longreach on the morning of the 4th July have a beer at Kynuna or Middleton (or both) then head to Cloncurry or further that night. Sealed road all the way and all dirt if you go to Julia creek and then to Burke and Wills road house. Kynuna was and is involved in the saga of Waltzing Matilda and Middleton Pub starred as the Walkabout Creek hotel in Crockadile Dundee.
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Reply By: Tripp'n Around - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 11:16

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 11:16
Hi Troopy

Yes, would agree with Willem.
We stayed overnight in Kynuna last year, not our choice as we ran short of time. The ground was all hard rock and quite stoney where we camped near the ammenities, used to be nice and grassy.
The trucks do pass through and may keep you awake.
We had heard that if you buy a meal at the Blue Heeler then camping/showers are free?
Julia Ck is much nicer, quiter (well was last time we were there) and you may get a grassy spot.
If you are going that way and thinking of going to Lark Quarry west of Winton be aware they have hourly sessions.

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Follow Up By: Member - Troopytrek - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 19:00

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 19:00
Hi Tripp'n Around,
Just a quick question about lark Quarry? What type of point of interest is this and what do you mean by "they have hourly sessions".


P.S Thanks for your'e response we will probably stay at Julia Creek as trucks don't appeal to us.
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Follow Up By: Tripp'n Around - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 21:36

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 21:36
Hi Troopy

Lark Quarry is well known for a dinosaur stampede of three different types of dinosaurs. You can go into the exhibit part but the actual stampede area is locked. It used to be out in the open and free, then they semi covered and it was free but now they have it fully enclosed and detailed exhibition and you pay to enter it. Think it was about $9 adult back in June 2004. The ranger there gives hourly tours of it. So make sure you find out what session times they have at Longreach or Winton and be there before that hour, otherwise you will be like us and miss it until the next hour. That put an extra hour into our travel that day. The road is generally well graded with some rough patches.

If this interests you then Richmond is just north east of Winton and they have a dinosaur exhibition too.
We have not been to that one but hope to do it next year.



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Reply By: beachbum - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 15:07

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 15:07
Hi there Troopie and in my last had a large typo in refering to Middleton. Meant Mckinlay. We will be up through there again the week after you but heading for Darwin and then W.A. Bye and travel safely.
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