Savannah Way

Submitted: Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 06:37
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I'm wondering if anyone can tell me about the road between Boorroloola to Hell's Gate to Normanton. We are planning to drive along this road next August to meet up with friends in Cairns and we are wondering how long it will take and also what the condition of this road is usually like. I realise that the road condition can change from year to year but it's helpful to hear about other's experience in the past.
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Reply By: Tony - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 07:26

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 07:26
The bad old days of the long bull dust patches east of the boarder gate are over with the road being re-done a couple of years ago. As you say it can change from year to year, but unless really wet poses no problems.

A more interesting drive if you take your time and not push it around the Calvert/Nathan reigon as it is a bit windy in places.
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Reply By: Member - Liz- Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 12:24

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 12:24
Thanks for your reply and advice!
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Reply By: Barry B - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 12:33

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 12:33
Hi Liz,
My family and I did that trip a couple of years ago in June/July and found it to be most enjoyable. The road was in good condition for most part, one river crossing shortly after Borroloola was a little deaper than expected, but still passable.
We spent a couple of days at Normanton, Burketown, and Lawn Hill along the way, and wished we could have spent longer.
We left from Katherine and it took us 7 travelling days, including the diversion to Lawn Hill, to reach Cairns. That was towing a camper and taking it easy.
Enjoy your trip.
Barry.
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Follow Up By: bod - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 13:27

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 13:27
Thanks Barry,that was exactly the kind of info I needed. It's really hard tp know how long it will take to travel along roads that you don't know!
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Reply By: lizard - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 13:12

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 13:12
We took this trip in July - towed an off road camper ... you should have no problems (I presume you have a 4WD) .... saw an off road caravan on the same road ..... suggest you do not get fuel & supplies at Wollogorang ($6.60 a loaf of bread and $1.90 a litre) but it is a nice spot to camp ..... tke time at river crossings and enjoy !! Recommend the crossing at Kangaroo creek.
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Follow Up By: Member - Liz- Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 06:47

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 06:47
Thanks for your tips (yes we have a 4WD). We'll try and keep clear of Wollogorang in terms of groceries.
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Reply By: Member - Bear - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 18:09

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 18:09
Liz
We went that way in July this year with a camper trailer and the 3 kids - No problems with the road just dont belt along.

Boorrolola was a good place to pass by - try to get there early so that you can keep going..

Bear
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 23:59

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 23:59
What is wrong with Borroloola ?
Willem

Always going somewhere
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Follow Up By: Member - Liz- Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 06:49

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 06:49
Thanks for your reply. I'll keep your tips in mind!
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Follow Up By: Paul - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 15:52

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 15:52
Willem
Where would you like me to start - I just found that there was better places both before and after !!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003 at 15:54

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003 at 15:54
Paul,
Start at the beginning...tell me what you think....I am interested to have peoples views on places as they make such rash statements about them sometimes....telling others to give this a miss or don't go there becasuse of this and that etc.........
Willem

Always going somewhere
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Reply By: Michelle from ExplorOz - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 01:04

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 01:04
The trek note on ExplorOz for that area is called the Gulf Track and its found in our Outback Qld region. Simply go to the Trip Planning menu, select Trek Notes then find it there OR take this link
Gulf Track

We also publish Road Conditions which are updated weekly at a minimum for all areas. See
Qld Road Conditionsor find this listed under the On the Road menu, select Road Conditons and then the state of Qld.ExplorOz
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Follow Up By: Member - Liz- Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 06:46

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 06:46
Thanks for the news, I'll take a copy and add to my file.
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Reply By: Glenno - Thursday, Nov 20, 2003 at 22:19

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003 at 22:19
The last 25km into Booorroola from Normanton is pretty ordinary, apart from that its a nice cruisy drive. Was up that way during Sept and the road was fine. didnt cross any creeks with water above the axle.

Cheers,

G&B
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