F.N.Q. Trip

Submitted: Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 20:05
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hi all,
would anyone have any idear if the development road from chillagoe to Normanton is ok for travell with a van ???
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 20:48

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 20:48
Having been across that road a few times Ican say that the road, like others in the area, vary in condition from year to year.Iwas across there in 2007 and the road was quite good but Iwould only take a well built "offroad" van and even then you would have to go slowly.Depending where you are travelling from you might be better off goingthrough Ravenshoe, Georgetown, Normanton.If you do go throgh the Chillagoe route do not travel at night as there is a LOT of cattle on the road.
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Reply By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 00:55

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 00:55
G'day, Not recomended, Can be rough, depending when you go. Fuel? last fill Chillagoe next fill, Normanton about 700 + K's
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Reply By: Member - Jinki & Harry - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 09:46

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 09:46
Damien

Sorry mate, but that road is far too rough for even an off road van in our opinion. In 2005 we saw an off road van shredded in every which way! just out of Chillagoe and then closer to Normanton, a camper trailer in similar state, so we would say NO VAN.

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Reply By: Member - Tour Boy- Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 10:21

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 10:21
Yeah ditto,
Did it with a camper trailer but we were ok as we had it built to our specs with the manufacturer knowing that we were going to do that road and cross country thru the Cape from west to east.

Lots of bulldust holes and corrugations.

I wouldn't recommend it with a production camper or caravan. The road can be good at either end and lousy in the middle, but it's too late by then.

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Reply By: the redbacks - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 19:12

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 19:12
hey guy's,
many thanks for your input into that question,been to normanton many times but was just thinking about something out of the norm,you know the feeling,if its there DO IT !!!!! to me thats what traverling oz is about ?? but to break a van or 4wd,na !! been there done that
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