Mt Isa to Katherine

Submitted: Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 06:51
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Original plan was to travel via the Barkly & Stuart Highway as we will have two camper trailers with us. Not much on this route so are proposing to head up north through Lawn Hill, Borroloola and Roper Bar. Treck Notes indicate this route is not suitable for campers. Any feedback appreciated.
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Reply By: Old Mal - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 08:02

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 08:02
Hi Richard, we did this trip last August / Sept in our Nissan Patrol with slide on camper and I reckon a Holden Commodore could have done it no worries. We never needed 4WD and all tracks / creek crossings were fine with only about 300mm max of water across them. Maybe other members have done this route more recently and could update track conditions for you but for my mind, it would be OK to tow your camper trailers along this route. (Assume you are towing with 4WD's ?)
Recommend you spend a couple of days at Lawn Hill and don't miss the "Southern Lost City" between Borroloola nad Roper Bar. We think it's better than the Bungle Bungles.
Also, no fuel available at Hell's Gate so you need to carry enough to get to Borroloola
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 09:37

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 09:37
Mal,

Thanks for the heads up on Hell's Gate and Lost City. Convoy is 2 cruisers and 2 prados, two with off road campers. Do you recall what the camping looked like at Robinson River or Snake Lagoon?
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal and Di (SA) - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 20:13

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 20:13
Lawn Hill is a must do, but stop at Adel Grove not Lawn hill as the facility is far better.
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 06:44

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 06:44
Thanks Mal. That's the plan.
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 08:54

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 08:54
Richard,

When are you planning to go?

We hope to do travel Mt Isa to Roper River in early August, and am gathering information now.

Have been to Lawn Hill before, but turned north east, not north west last time :o)
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 09:20

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 09:20
John,

We will be traveling through the area with 4 vehicles, 2 with campers 5-8 July. I went through Lawn Hill last October but no further west.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 18:14

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 18:14
Wish you a good trip.
We have end of year at work and school fete to help with on the 26th July. Hoping to get away from Brisbane about the 30th July.
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Reply By: Old Mal - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 14:48

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 14:48
Hi Richard, we did not go into Robinson River or Snake Lagoon but can highly recommend Kingfisher Camp just north of Lawn Hill. Also forgot to add that Woologorang is closed to tourists so no fuel their either. Fuel is much cheaper at Borroloola than Cape Crawford. Another couple of great camping spots are at Batten Point on the McArthur River. You can camp for free right on the river bank. Drive past the King Ash Bay caravan park and look for campsites along the river once you have gone past the last of the shacks. Another spot is Butterfly Springs. Good campsite and permanent fresh water hole with only fresh water crocs.
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