Lawn Hill (Adels grove) to Doomadgee

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We are planning a trip from Cairns to Darwin in August. We are planning to visit Lawn hill before heading for Borroloola. Does anyone know if it is worth taking the track from Lawn Hill, north to Doomadgee, so we don't have to back track through Gregory Downs and then north towards Burketown? And 2nd question... What is the track (Lawn Hill - Doomadgee) normally like? Well aware conditions change season to season etc..
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Reply By: Saint Kev - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:17

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:17
We did it last August, all was good, only water crossing was just past Lawn Hill.
Heaps of gates to open and close, good exercise.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:25

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:25
Thanks Kev,
I knew you would probably be the one with the answer.... lol...
I nearly hijacked your thread on Doomagee and Hells Gate.... but thought I had better not.... you are bigger than me.... lol...
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:27

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:27
Wrong Kev Fred hahahaha

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:44

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:44
Bugger... so I did... lol... See what happens when you expect to see something.... your brain thinks it is when it isn't ... lol... Must be having a seniors moment... lol...
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:45

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:45
And i thought Sir Kev had become a saint LOL

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:52

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:52
Motherhen,
now that would be a real "nightmare".... lol... (:
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:58

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:58
I am working on it hahahahaha


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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:36

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:36
Fred,

Have you checked the Gulf Track in the trek notes??

It looks to avoid backtracking but doesn't go from Lawn Hill to Doomadgee

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:50

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:50
Kev,
Yes, it goes via Kingfisher Camp; but I was hoping to rejoin the savannah way at Doomagee as shown on the Hema maps. The 250k Natmaps show tracks running everywhere, but I wouldn't trust them as they are fairly old.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 17:12

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 17:12
Fred,

If I remember correctly from going through from Kingfisher to LH in 2008, the road splits north of lawn hill station, and there is a turn off to KF from the LH to Dommadgee road as it runs along the eastern boundary of Bowthorn station, whre KF is.
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:48

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:48
Yes this track is a good short cut to the Gulf Track. I'm not sure if the track to the left of the "T" through BOWTHORN Stn. is still open, if not turn right and come out near the Nicholson River crossing on the Gulf Track.
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Reply By: philip t jones - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:56

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:56
hi Fred

The are 2 ways to go, when you head north from Lawn hill to Doomadgee after about 70kms you come to a T junction turn left takes you through Bowthorn station and Kingfisher camp, turn right takes you to Doomadgee.
Kingfisher camp is well worth the visit, if your van is reasonably off road or you take it steady you should have no problems either way in August, personally I would go via Kingfisher camp

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Follow Up By: philip t jones - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:10

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:10
Fred

if you are going to Doomadgee for fuel, you can back track to Doomadgee from Kingfisher 30ks each way or usually you can get fuel for cash at Hells Gate but you need to ring and confirm as year is different there. There is no fuel at bowthorn or Kingfisher
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Follow Up By: philip t jones - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:10

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:10
Should be each year
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Reply By: Road Runner - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:14

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:14
G'day Fred,

My wife and I towed our off-road camper from Adels Grove to Doomadgee a few years back. We headed pretty much North through a lot of gates to King Fisher Camp (KFC) and had a really great few days there. Approximate position 17 deg 52 min S / 138 deg 16 min E. Beautiful bush camp site on the Nicholson River. Basic facilities include hot shower and reticulated river water. Very relaxing after the crowded Adels Grove campsite. Besides relaxing around the Nicholson River, there is a bush road into Hedley Gorge. Good swimming hole if you don't mind mixing it with the harmless freshwater crocodiles who enjoy the tranquility. From KFC it is possible to drive NE and pick up the road from Doomadgee to Hells Gate. Turn left and you are on your way to the Territory.
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Reply By: dirttracker - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:38

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:38
Fred,
We did the track in a Mazda Tribute and off road camper in '05! We were not taxed by it and really enjoyed King Fisher Camp. It was a real highlight of our trip along the Savanna Way. However, take your fly nets. We went that way to avoid Doomagee! We were all set up when a 4x4 bus pulled in and a gang of over sixes women pored out and set up camp in 15 minutes. We were amazed. They had obviously done this quite a few times. The river crossing varied and depends on the local and northern rains I would think. We were prepared to wait them out if there were problems but there were none. A highly recommended track that is not too challenging.

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Follow Up By: dirttracker - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:42

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:42
Just a bit more info for you Fred,
Another tread has some info that you may find helpful -
http://www.exploroz.com/Forum/Topic/75987/Doomadgee_Roadhouse.aspx?ky=&p=%2fForum%2fDefault.aspx%3fpn%3d1
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 15:33

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 15:33
Thanks everyone,
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 01:25

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 01:25

North of Lawn Hill '07.

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Reply By: wendys - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 22:16

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 22:16
The road from Doomadgee to Lawn Hill is used regularly by Doomadgee locals, even in conventional vehicles. The route through Lawn Hill Station is roughly signed; ask at Adels if they can provide a mud map. As others said, lots of gates, and will be a small creek just north of LH station. It is quite a pretty drive, because the Constance Range parallels the track north. Ask staff at Adels about the track from Lawn Hill to Kingfisher Camp - sometimes the river bed near KFC can be a bit sandy. The track into KFC from the Gulf Track is usually in pretty good condition.
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 23:01

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 23:01
Thanks to all who responded.
This was the only section of the planned journey that I didn't have enough info on. If the picture above is anything to go on, then it's as good as a highway as far as I'm concerned. thanks again.
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