recent road conditions for Chillagoe please

Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 17:45
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Hi to anyone who has towed a van to Chillagoe from Mareeba during the past few days please.

I have done a search and cant find any recent information on this.

Just wondering what the road is like mainly for the last 30kms or so which is supposed to be unsealed, and whether it is ok to tow a Jayco eagle there? I am asking for my inlaws who are travelling with us.

Also if anyone has stayed in town- is the caravan park open there or is there somewhere nearby to stay? We are keen to see the caves and surrounding country and I would like to stay in town rather than travel in from Dimbulah, even if the other couple do this.

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:05

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:05
Hi Heather,

Cant help you with recent road info, sorry. If you go to the tourist info place in town (easy to find) they will give you a range of accommodation options. There is a CP I believe, a couple of years ago when we were there we stayed with Mary who has camping behind her house out near the airport. She was very knowlegeable about the fossils in the area and directed us to places where we could see them (just a pity others with hammers had also been there). The caves are good and the old mine site is interesting.

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Follow Up By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:46

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:46
Thanks Val, I will check it out.

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Reply By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:44

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:44
G'day Heather, My Ex just came down from Chillagoe and they said the road was good and a van would have no trouble. There is not much gravel road left now.
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:50

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:50
Thanks Damien,

yep i thought most of it was bitumen and am really trying to allay the fears of the other couple who are with us. Said I would ask on here to make sure as they havent been off the blacktop much while towing and are a bit nervous.
I will pass on the info.

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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:45

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:45
Road is fine. Park is open.
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:59

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:59
thanks for replying

the latest update dated 3/5/10 on the road conditions on EO says 'caution high clearance only'

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Reply By: balko - Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 15:34

Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 15:34
Down just past the waterhole where you go swimming (great rope swing) is a great spot to set up for a few days. Ask the locals about the caves theres some great ones that the info centre wont tell you about or ask for the cavers club number they will take you on some great ones ( if in town that week end)tourists dont see. A must do is the old BP fuel depot the old bloke has a great collection of fords. Also have you been up to Mt Mulligan via kingsborough and I think its called oconnells mine tour my family loved that area with all the old cemetaries. Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 19:37

Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 19:37
thanks Tony,

We will take note of all that you have told me. Looking forward to seeing the place and the caves.

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