Track info please.....Dry Conditions...

Submitted: Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 23:21
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I posted a question a few months ago regarding going from Normanton to Musgrave via crossing the Mitchell River at Dunbar and was told it could be difficult....

So now i want to know whether or not a left turn at Dunbar before the Mitchell River and going up to (Mitchell-Alice Rivers Nat Park) could be an easier option,,, and then up to Pormpuraaw and across to Musgrave from there..???

Are the roads mainly hard dirt / corrugations or are they sandy / boggy... (I am referring to dry conditions only)..!!!!!!!!

Secondly,,,,, if the above turns out to be a no-goer then my next question is if we cross at Gamboola and go across from there via King Junction, Pinnicles, Imooya and the Dixies,,,,,,, what are the road conditions in general like there because i am trying to guage fuel consumption.....

Thanks... Grant...
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 19:11

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 19:11

I noticed no one has replied to your question and even though I don't have first hand knowledge maybe this will help.

A few years ago (1999) I went to Cape York and was planning to go via Pompuraaw and Kownayama so I rang them. Look up the mission in the yellow pages. They were very helpful.

Let me know how you get on as I still harbour a desire to visit that area.

Best of luck

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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 21:04

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 21:04
I will check the yellow pages lead... Didnt even think of that...
And i will give feedback of the area if we go... which is looking good..
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Follow Up By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 21:42

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 21:42
G'day Grant, don't know if this is any help but I have done Cairns-Chillago-Karumba through Dunbar a few times in the last couple of years. Even in dry times I have usually found quite a lot of surface water through Dunbar. It is very flat salt flat type country through there, specially once you get closer to the coast. I have not been up to Pompuraaw on that road, the turn off is quite obvious. I have flown over that country to Pompuraaw on training trips very poor flat country. Cheers Rob
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 22:44

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 22:44
Hi Rob,, Thanks for the reply....
I am more interested in the tracks north of the Burke Developmental Road....
I am very interested in hearing about whether or not these tracks which can join to Musgrave are quite drivable and the characteristics of the many water crossings...
In a nutshell we want to go via Pompuraaw or via Dunbar.....
Or if these two ways are too dodgey we will go back down to Gamboola and cross there and go through Pinnacles.....
We are in no great hurry so i spose we could suck it and see but dont really want to get 500kms into a route and then have to turn back....
Pompuraaw is the way we really want to go...

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Reply By: dolphin - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 20:12

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 20:12
I used the trip planing button on this site and printed out all info I needed on any area especially of Northern Territory and far north Queensland. Hope this helps and I hope its up to date.
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 21:04

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 21:04
I couldnt find anything quite enough for the roads i want to travel on..
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 01:34

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 01:34
Hi Voxson,
I am interested in the route you plan across the Mitchel as I nearly went through there in 2004 but ran out of time----maybe this year.I thought it might be a help if you contacted Dorunda station as the handle a lot of travellers through that area and I am sure they could tell you the rtrack conditions.Their phone no. is 61747453477. Hope this is a little help.
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 07:49

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 07:49
Good info.. Thanks...
I will call them today.....
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Reply By: Pyalong - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 15:51

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 15:51
Great post Vox....would be very interesting to find out how you went?
Cheers Mick.
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 07:58

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 07:58
I got onto the local law man yesterday in Pompuraaw and he said 3 decent / major river crossings which cannot really be walked first are the main obstacle getting into his town...(CROCS)....
He said the ol "cross where the fast running rough water is",,, that way we know it should be not much deeper than a metre...Sounds like we are going in there....
We will probably wait for some locals to cross before us...

Thanks for the responses...
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