Road between Normanton and Musgrove

Submitted: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:06
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A mate is heading up north shortly and was wanting to know if The road between Normanton and Musgrove is suitable to tow a offroad caravan along and can the van be left at Musgrove while he does the cape thing?
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Reply By: Topcat (WA) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 16:34

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 16:34
Do you mean the the Dunbar-New Dixie track which comes out on the Peninsular Developement road 24km south of Musgrave? If so you could run into difficuties crossing the Mitchell River as it is a wide sandy crossing and the water level can be a deterrent. Went through there a couple of years back in September & the water level was a meter deep. The track is also narrow in places and there are several small creek crossings where approaches & departures can be washed out due to the heavy rain falls which could prove difficult. You will need good ground clearance on the caravan. Suggest you check on track conditions at Dunbar Station before proceeding. Most of the vehicles I passed when on there were single vehicles although there was one towing a boat who managed to get through ok.
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Reply By: draff - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 16:18

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 16:18
i think parts of that road are still closed due to the water around - you might want to check out the following web site Site Link

it has current status of roads in the cooktown shire - very helpful
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Reply By: Muddies Doe(Trippn) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 17:00

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 17:00
Hi Tassie

Ring the cops in Normanton or Dunbar station a week before you are ready to leave and get an update when you get there and are ready to leave.
If stopping for info, look around etc at Dunbar Station we were told to take a bag of fresh fruit, in the way of saying thanks to them.

As for crossing the Mitchell near Dunbar, deal is if you get stuck after he told you not to go there then he will pull you out when he has the time, for a nice price and that's only if your 4BY's hasn't sunk first by taking the wrong path/crossing.

Best bet is to go up the development road and go in through Mt Mulgrave Station/Palmer River Homestead way and come out just north of Laura.
This is a 2 day jaunt as compared to the 3 days going in through Chilagoe.
You can camp on the Mitchell free for the night near Mt Mulgrave station.
This bit of driving is a days drive from Normanton and if the road has been graded you can do 80/100k's on it.
We did about 70/80k's when we have done it, but keep an eye out for wheel ruts, bulldust, soft patches, ANIMALS etc.
There are more grids than gates now which lessens stop times.

You would be best to ring Mt Mulgrave Station first but I can't see it being a problem, they have the space there.
Nice food too!

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