Laura to Maytown Via Old Coach Road - Blog

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 17:18
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If anyone is interested in doing this trip I have posted a new blog with some details. It is a demanding 4 x 4 trip and it will take you around 8 hrs to to do the 75Km from Laura to Maytown. Well worth the drive to see the country and some history though. Cheers TONY
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 17:59

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 17:59
Good Blog Tony, wish I had the time to get up that way.
Cheers Bruce
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:44

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:44
Bruce. I am sure you will. There are some great drives up this way and you will have fun doing them. They say you have to make time when you are young :-). Cheers Tony
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Reply By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:08

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:08
Good to see you finally made it Tony. Pity I could not have joined you on the trip. We are still having staff problems at work. I dont think I will holidays till June or July. I have now nearlly 10 weeks due.
Hope the map helped.
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Follow Up By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:15

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:15
Great Blog Tony, good pictures as well.
I love going there, 6 times now, usually camp at the Hospital Site. Last time I was there in November I did not see or hear anyone for 4 days., it was wonderful.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:21

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:21
Damien, Yes & its a great trip. Not as hard as I thought it would be, but still a suspension workout thats for sure. Some bad washouts need a gentile touch, turned out that there is not many places you can go wrong. At this time there is enough posted directional signs pointing in the right direction. I have to do it again and this time would like to do some walks. I have some friends that know of some good spots off the track a bit. Just have to hope that sometime soon they sort out the Problems with the Palmerville Station Owner. Would be good to be able to side trip in that direction. 10 Weeks will take you around Australia on a good trip. :-) Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:24

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:24
Damien. Have you tried the Camp at the North Palmer Branch? I did not go down to look at that. I think there would be a lot of looking around that would be fun to do. Shame you can not take a detector with you, that would be fun. Have you come in on the Old Coach Road Yet? Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:37

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:37
No Tont I have not done that trip, thats why I wanted to go with you. There are a lot of good camling spots in Maytown area, but later in the year water is a problem. Not so much as water but the lack of it, very dry and hot after September.
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Reply By: mechpete - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:48

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:48
did it 10yrs ago on the return trip from cape york .
what a goat track . it was 39 degrees and verrrrrrrry slow going .
worth the trip though
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 15:20

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 15:20
Not a trip I would enjoy in the hot months either! A goat track it is :-). Cheers Tony
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 07:23

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 07:23
G'day Tony,

We did this track unintentionally in 1993 and the family found it so enjoyable that they were unable to take any pictures. Having to place rocks on some of the cut aways just to get down and no option of going back really put the fear of god into all of us hahahaha.

Your story and pictures have bought back those memories. We still talk fondly of that trip as one we'll never do again!

We burnt a lot of fuel and nearly ran out - the days before long range tanks for me and GPS.

Thanks for sharing.

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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 15:33

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 15:33
Boy that is one wrong turn thats for sure. You must have been very worried if you would ever get out of there. It would not be easy for a standard 4 x 4. Best with high clearance and diff locks to minimize the wheel spin. You can pat yourself on the back for getting through. :-) A group in front of me was having a hard time. I saw belly scrapes all over the place and a lot of wheel spin patches. A Good picture of this is the one when I have the car in the washout. You can see where they had to get out and load the sticks on the bottom side to get traction on the wheels up on the top of the washout. Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 15:45

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 15:45
Hi Tony,

Yes we pulled into the Roadhouse at Laura and were informed that there were 3 ways in and to take a particular one to avoid the track - which they said was in poor repair because no maintenance is done in respect of its historical significance. Well like so many things I picked the wrong track and the family has not yet forgiven me hahahaha.

The old GQ was loaded to the brim and we remember the big run down the hill hoping it wasn't the only way out.

I think the boys at Laura are still laughing.

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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 08:49

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 08:49
Looks like a great trip Tony. Thanks for the blog... well done.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 15:35

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 15:35
That was all my pleasure & the wife I must say. It is worth doing at least once. Most will not want to do it again. Some good history on this track. Cheers Tony
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Reply By: draff - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 13:40

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 13:40
Thanks Tony - we plan to do that trek next year and getting such up to date info is fantastic! The time you put into posting the blog is certainly much appreciated by us!
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 15:40

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 15:40
Draff & Better Half :-). Take your time and have a look at a few things. You will need a few days to do that. Best this time of year while the water is still flowing and it cools down at night. The track will change after each wet and offer a different challenge. It depends how many have gone before and got out to make the track more drivable! We will do it again next year so get in contact if you want to share the drive at a slower pace (Have a few points of interest to do some follow up on). Cheers Tony
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