Lawn Hill NP

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 17:57
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Hi All
As a new member Ill try a post. can anyone give me any info on the condition of the road in to Adels Grove from Gregory downs for towing a van with a Kia Sorrento,also any info on road back to Camoweal as we are heading to Darwin shortly and would like to detour to Lawn Hill if adviseable
Cheers Bob
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Reply By: trouper - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 18:11

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 18:11
Well of course those roads are all dirt,but generally their ok depending how many vehicles have used them recently with over inflated tyres etc etc. Everything changes with wet weather.Check with local authorities as you get closer. Adels Grove is an absolute oasis up there, you'll love Lawn Hill especially the canoe trip.

regards
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Follow Up By: DIO - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 18:21

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 18:21
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Reply By: Member - Jason - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 19:06

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 19:06
Hi Bob,

We were in there 3 years ago & caravans weren't recommended. Also, my in-laws are travelling going in next month & have been advised to leave their van at Gregory Pub.
Food for thought.

Cheers
Jason
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Reply By: Member - Cruiser (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 19:47

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 19:47
Bob,

We were there almost exactly 12 months ago and we took our 19' van in. The road was excellent (then) and the first 45k up to the mine turnoff was like driving down a freeway and we averaged about 60 KPH till then and after that about 50 KPH for the remaining 43K into Adels Grove. It took us about 1.5 hrs to do the who 88K from Gregory River to Adels Grove.

About 1/2 of the van site had vans in them and the other half were camper trailers.

I can't answer your question re the road from/to Camoweal as we came in from Cloncurry.

As others have said, ask for local info before going in.

We actually ran into one of the owners of Adels Grove whilst in Mt Isa and when she saw our van she said we would have no troubles.

In addition to this info, we asked at the pub at Gregory River and then called Adels Grove prior to travelling in.

If the road in is not to your liking, stay at Gregory River and go in as a day trip, although it would be a shame to be so close and not spend some time in there.

Lawn Hill and Adels Grove is just awesome and I am sure you will love it.

Cheers,

Cruiser

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Follow Up By: Member - Bob C (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 20:40

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 20:40
Thanks for your advice fellows I will make enquiries at Gregory pub and if advisable leave the van there as we really want to see it
Cheers Bob
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Reply By: GerryP - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 20:56

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 20:56
Hi Bob,
Was there in '04 and two of us took vans in all the way to the National Park without any worries. Of course, road conditions change, but with the number of visitors, I imagine it won't be a problem unless the weather turns real bad. Just drive to the conditions. It's a great place, you'll love it.
Cheers
Gerry
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Reply By: AdlelaideGeorge - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:28

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:28
Hi

I drove in to Adels grove from Camooweal last year and several caravanners passed us going the other way. The road was very good with minor corrugations only-and that was after being told at Camooweal that the road was in bad condition because it had rained recently!

Happy days

George
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob C (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 09:42

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 09:42
Hi George
That sounds very good to me as it will save us a lot of ks if we can go back that way and continue to Darwin
Good Travelling
Bob
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Reply By: Steve - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 11:35

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 11:35
don't know about the Camoweal route but from Gregory to Adels is pretty straightforward. We didn't have an offroad van - it was 17'6" long and as somebody said before, the road deteriorates at the mining turn-off approx halfway along but still is reasonable. There was one sharp dip, from memory about 3/4 of the way in but I really can't see anybody having a problem there. When you get to Gregory, have a rest and look around. Lovely spot in itself and you can ask around. There'll be plenty of people around camping who've done the trip. Going in it took us just over an hour - coming out just under as we had seen the terrain and had confidence to pick up the pace a bit.

Enjoy it mate - magical spot.
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Reply By: The Landy - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 11:54

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 11:54
I've taken a camper trailer in from Camoweal to Adels Grove and I could see no reason why you wouldn't have taken a van that way (at that time).

I'd recommend going that way as it goes past the Riversleigh fossil site and is a nice drive in any case. You could then go out the other way (or vice versa).

Check with Adel's Grove for up-to-date road conditions and information just prior to travellling.
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Reply By: philip t jones - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 12:35

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 12:35
Graders everywhere along that entire route 2 weeks ago so should be no problems, camoweal to Adels in good Condition but a fair lump of water still in Gregory xing
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob C (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 13:58

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 13:58
Hi All
Thank you all for passing on this information.From what Ive read we will be going in for a look in about 2 weeks . Much obliged
Happy Travelling
Bob
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Reply By: bob2 - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 18:41

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 18:41
We have taken our Jayco Heritage full van from Gregory Downs to Camooweal without any problems. If you drive south to the highway at the junction about 91km north of Camooweal on the Yelvertoft Road it is bitumen.

Be sure to free camp behind the Gregory pub and have swim it is a lovely place.
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