Is 5 days enough time to do the Gulf Track

Submitted: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 09:46
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At this point of plaining for the big trip north i have aloud 5 days to go from Adel's Grove,King Fisher Camp,Doomadgee,Burktown,Normanton,Karumba.I do'nt now yet were the over night stays will be as we would like free camp most of the way across the top except for Karumbe were we would like to spend a day or two there depending on the reply's i get back then i might have a better idea were we can stay and for how long for if you now what i mean,and while i'm on the subject we are plaining to go to Cairns Via Dunbar,Chillagoe would you allow 2 days travlling time from Karumba.cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 10:49

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 10:49
yes for 5days......
no for 2days.....more like 4....
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Follow Up By: GREENDOG - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 21:34

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 21:34
Did u mean 4 days from Karumba to Cairns the other posts seem to think 2 WHAT THE now i am all mixed up cheer's GREENOG
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 22:23

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 22:23
sorry mate.... i didnt realise what had happened....
I started to type the answer at work and somebody thought they would finish it for me...
I forgot that i didnt hit the send button and walked off to do something else..
It should have read....
yes for 5days......
yes for 2days......
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Follow Up By: GREENDOG - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 23:02

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 23:02
No problem that sounds better.cheer's
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Reply By: Muddies Doe(Trippn) - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 11:20

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 11:20
Hi Greendog

Yes, 5 dyas that sounds ok Adel's to Karumba.
Be aware that you could be travelling all day because of the tracks, they change from year to year so that would be my only concern.
Try here, they may help you ( http://www.burkeshirecouncil.com/) or either email, write or ring Michelle at Adel's ( www.adelsgrove.com.au/ ) they will help you with current road info closer to time.

As for going along the Burke Development Rd and you are intending to go from Karumba to Cairns??? (been along it in 2002 it was rough & in 2004 was good, so if recently graded, it's quite good) my overnight stop suggestion, if looking for free camp would be to take the side road on the left (x amount klms before Chillagoe, please consult local knowledge or reliable book for this turnoff) and go up about 20-30 klms to the Mitchell R. You won't be disappointed and you can have a fish too, good luck. Mt Mulgrave station is very close by, just north of the river so you will know if you are in the right area.
Back in '88 we did Normanton to Chillagoe, stayed overnight in Chillagoe with intentions to do a tour but they weren't doing one the day we were there so we looked around before heading to Mareeba. All done in 2 days easy driving.

Cya
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Follow Up By: Muddies Doe(Trippn) - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 11:50

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 11:50
BTW........Normanton to Chillagoe in '88 was by the main road not the Burke Development Rd

Cya
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 20:36

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 20:36
Karumba to Cairnes can be done easily in 2 days on the road through Chillagoe, but you would not enjoy the country as you should .The road itself is not too bad but can be hard on tyres as is very stony and beware of hidden bulldust holes--some quite deep.There are nice camp spots along the way and two good sites are either side of the Walsh river crossing .Also a bit to see in Chiillago and aneasy run to Cairnes from there.If diverting North to Mitchel river you should allow more time again.It is a nice part of the country with a good outback feel but also be very aware of cattle on the road so NO night driving.
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Follow Up By: GREENDOG - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 21:37

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 21:37
Thanks for the reply i'll take these note's with me and have a look at the map as the trip gets closer as we are not going till Augast.cheer's GREENDOG
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