Gulf Country in Augast is that still a good time to go

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 19:58
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I now i've put this on before about when to go and do the Gulf but a few things have changed,so is it ok weather wise to do a trip up that way or not it looks like it will be the middle of Augast around the 10th at this stage any way,any replys would be a great help.Thanks cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: Member - Crazy Dog (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 20:28

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 20:28
Yo Doggie,

Not a prob that time of year.

Wife and I do the Cairns to Karumba bike ride every year just before Aug and weather always great.

Check the link......

www.ridefnq.com/

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Follow Up By: GREENDOG - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 21:19

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 21:19
Yo Doggie thanks mate for your reply i thought it might have been getting abit warm or humid by then thats all cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 22:03

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 22:03
You will have sunny days around 32 degrees....
Minimum approx 16 - 19 degrees....
Dew point will be approx 10 degrees....
Wont be any decent water crossings around....
September is good too...
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Follow Up By: GREENDOG - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 22:20

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 22:20
Hi there Dude how you goin thanks mate,my brother in laws trip has been booked for Augast so were trying to work out same dates were we can meet each other on our trips if you now what i mean .Thanks Grant P.S gettin excited about the mounth of May mate ha ha cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 22:25

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 22:25
I am excited and worried also...
Burketown is still an island at the moment,,....
But yeah,, looking forward to it for sure..
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Reply By: Member - Athol (NSW, 2527) - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 05:54

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 05:54
Hi Greendog,
We went up to Karumba in Aug/Sept in 04 and the best thing is that all the grey nomads (I am grey but not a nomad yet!!) are packing up and heading south. So all the traffic is going the opposite way and there are generally vacant sites but still wont hurt to book ahead.

Athol
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Follow Up By: GREENDOG - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 08:54

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 08:54
Thanks Athol for your input mate i'll keep it in mind cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 16:20

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 16:20
Yep a nice time of the year to visit... Now just between you & me if you are in Normanton make sure that you call in at the Railway station & have a trip on the Gulflander:
Trips run every day but this is one of the better ones...
THE GULFLANDER
Normanton Railway Station
P.O. Box 270, NORMANTON Q 4890
Phone 47451391
Billy Tea & Damper - out to "Critters Camp" and return departs 9:30 am Saturday, please note the Billy Tea & Damper tour only runs for a short time during the year, usually June to September, please check with Stationmaster for details. This service is very popular and bookings are essential.

Fell free to tell them that Syd sent you and if you get there early enough, around 8:45 you can have "my" seat next to the driver...

I also believe that Croydon will have steam train trips running later this year but I have no further details..
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazy Dog (QLD) - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:00

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:00
And tell Joe that Crazy dog sent you.

He runs the show for the GL and has been a mate 4 years... Great rip...
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Follow Up By: GREENDOG - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:42

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:42
Syd i thought the GulfLander only runs on Wednesdays,well i think thats what it see's on it's broucher any way,this is the other reason were going to the Gulf as the the old man is a railway buff he used to drive rail cars in Victoria back in the early 60's so this will be a buzz for him but now i'm comfused when to be in Normanton for the train ride out to Croydon.cheer's GREENDOG
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 17:44

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 17:44
Greendog, yes only one service Normanton to Croydon & return each week but on other days many shorter more exciting excursions are done including the 1933 AEC railmotor getting a run in the afternoons. These tours are, shall we say far more "relaxed" than the 1 official run and if your Dad makes his past known... well suffice to say enthusiasts have been known to end up driving...I suggest that you phone a week at least before you get there and see what is on offer & make a booking. There is a very pleasant & social evening BBQ trip as well as the Tea & Damper on Saturday mornings...One of the great train trips of the world and I think on the top 10 things to do in Australia. I am amazed by the number of people who drive all the way to Normanton & don't check out the railway though...Just make sure you get there early and get him into the co pilots seat...
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