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Hi, has anyone been out to Rosie Creek on Lorella Springs Station? I understand that the track conditions will vary from year to year, but what is the camping and fishing like out there? Has anyone been out to the mouth as well?
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Reply By: nick - Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 09:25

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 09:25
While we didnt get out to Rosie creek while there in 2009, some blokes came back from a weeks worth of fishing out there and all I can say is it looked awsome.Judging by their pictures, the bite was hot.They caught heaps and heaps of big fish.It was a struggle getting there but they reacon it was the best fishing ever.
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Reply By: w4yneo - Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 09:29

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 09:29
Hello , I too would be interested to know as well , as i'll be towing a quad bike around the gulf and cape in august september and would like to stay there as well.
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Reply By: Voxson - Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 09:49

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 09:49
Yeah been there.

The track is sort of like the otl on the cape with its fair share of narrow spots and various in and out little creeks which were all dry except near the station where a little water was in a couple..

A couple of the crossings had eroded bases so wheel placement was needed...

Down at the rosie there are no ammenities at all but there is a boat ramp cut into the bank...

The mouth of the ocean is not far from there..

If fishing from the bank you need to watch your footing everywhere because the whole area is bauxite and it is like walking on marbles..

It probably isnt a place i would take young children that you have to watch all the time..

We didnt see any crocs there but it definately looks like great croc territory..
It was really hot there with not too many trees to fish under...

Would i go again?? Hell yeah....

It took 4 hrs to get down to the rosie but we did stop a few times looking at things...

We caught the biggest cheribin we have ever seen in the creek behind the station...
It was the big as a size 12 mens shoe...
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Follow Up By: Voxson - Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 09:53

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 09:53
Oh,, and if i was taking a boat in i would not take any bigger than a 4metre tinny on a raised trailer even though i have seen people take in bigger they also had some slight troubles because of the turning in and out of creeks..
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Follow Up By: Voxson - Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 09:54

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 09:54
Oh again,,,

Lots of queenfish like any near the mouth of a river type fishing up north...
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Reply By: Member - shane b (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 10:56

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 10:56
We've been to Rosie's twice (2 different yrs), yes different each time - Awesome each time.Track was quite wet the first time & was a challenge to get there - see photo of "Blackie's Bog" at bar. The following year it was dry,both times it was about 4- 4 1/2 hrs to do the 80k.Rosie's camp is 13k from the mouth of the river.
No facilities, so make sure you are totally self sufficient.
There was a 5' croc at the boat ramp area when we were there.
River is tricky to get to the mouth but so worth it, even fishing off the rock ledge at the boat ramp is fun when the queenies are on (800mm - 1100 plus)
There is a fresh water billabong nearby but a bit tricky to find - but if Rhett the owner is there he should be able to give directions.
It advisable to bury all your fish & food scraps because of the dingos & crocs - don't need any unwanted overnight guests visiting.
PS We'll be back up there in September.
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Follow Up By: PhilD - Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 22:37

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 22:37
Hi Blackie,
Do you have a mud map of the area, showing the rock bars and other obstacles? Are there structures in the mouth to fish, or is it more trolling country? What have you found the best moon phases and tides to be?
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Reply By: w4yneo - Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 11:39

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 11:39
Hay thanks for the info guys, while im quite familiar with the cape (living up here) just not so familiar with the gulf , im kinda looking for place's i can stay useing my quad lorella seems like a great place for it.
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Reply By: Member - Min (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 14:01

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 14:01
Hi Phil,

I've been to Lorella but not Rosie. When we were there in 2009 a couple came back after 6 days. They had intended to be there for 2 days but just couldn't tear themselves away. They had a couple of lads (8-10 yo?) who weren't so thrilled about staying out so long because the food had virtually run out and they were sick of fish!

Also none of them could wait to have a shower at last.

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Reply By: malley11 - Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 14:37

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 14:37
Hi We have been caretaking Lorella Springs for the last previous 5 months{wet season}and would recomend the trip to anyone,had a good look around before the rains came,caught some nice size Mangrove Jacks and yabbies in the fresh water billabongs in the area without going up to the coast,went up and had a look in December and there are no facilities there so you have to be self suffiecent but there are plenty of camping areas at the billabongs along the way.We should be out of here in the next week or so and will not be here when you arrive.Happy Travelling
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