what ist best Track from Burke Developm. Rd to Peninsula Develop. Rd.

Submitted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 02:28
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We will come up from NORMANTON along the Burke Developmental Road and want go up to Cape York. In HEMA Atlas there is a track from Dunbar to Artemis, but I think it is not easy to follow what I saw in google earth. Maybe better going up from Gamboola or Bellevue (but thats a longer way).
Have somebody knowledge for that tracks? We will start from Europe tomorrow - so hopefully somebody can give me some helpful informationen that we not go lost. ;-)

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Reply By: Member - Jiarna (NT) - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 02:32

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 02:32
Hi Werner

Might depend on the river. It was 2008 when we did the trip, and after leaving Normanton, we got to the Mitchell River (I think that's its name - I'm at work at the moment so can't check) and found it impassable. So we had to go to the crossing at Gamboola. If I was in your shoes, I'd plan to go via Gamboola, and if you can get to use the shorter track it's a bonus. Either way, it's well worth the drive as it's great country!

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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 02:43

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 02:43
The road from Normanton to Dunbar is fine but going from Dunbar to Artemis you have to cross the Mitchel river close to Dunbar which is not a very easy crossing.You would be better off going further up to Bellevue and heading north through Palmerville. The Mitchel river crossing on that run is much easier and is a nice drive. Remember if you do try to cross near Dunbar and get bogged it can be quite expensive to be pulled out by the station owners at Dunbar.
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Follow Up By: Werner N - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 17:44

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 17:44
Thanks for your comments. there is a shorter track going north to Palmerville
(about 14 km before Wrotham Park). Do you know something about that crossing because it would save time. Do somebody know something about how much water is in the Mitchell River right now?
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 17:55

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 17:55
That drive from Wrotham Park through Palmerville was a very easy and quite scenic drive when I did it last in 2004. Back then the road near Palmerville to Maytown was blocked by large boulders......but I think that may be open again now.,,can't be sure though.
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Reply By: Member - Vivien C (VIC) - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 07:28

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 07:28
Hello Werner,

We are heading up that way in late August and I've been checking on the roads. At the moment there are some closures so you might be wise to check if any of those will affect you.

We've decided to do the entire Burke Developmental Road to Chillagoe and then to Dimbulah and the Tyrconnell Road that meets the Peninsula Development Road just north of Mt Carbine.

Hope you have a great trip.

Best wishes

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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 17:56

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 17:56
Some great camping along that way....expecially with old Ike at Kingsborough.
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Reply By: herc72 - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 09:47

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 09:47
I have crossed the Mitchell River on that shortcut in 2003 and it was OK then. The river bed was approx 100m wide but mostly dry. There was only little water in it at a time. If wet that crossing of the Mitchell will be a nightmare. The trip along the station tracks was one of the highlites though. Have not met anybody and we took almost 2 days.
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Reply By: Member - Scoey4 (SA) - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 18:37

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 18:37
Greetings Werner N,

We did the Cape last year in August and came back that way - wanted to go from Armetis to Dunbar and cross the Mitchell River - advised by road crew near "New Dixie" on the way not to - so we drove through King Junction and crossed the Mitchell River at Gamboola then headed to Dunbar.

We checked out the Mitchell at Dunbar and decided it was a good decision - not that wide but deep and sign on a gate said "Cross river at own risk - $1,000 to tow out - management".

With the weather this year, I suggest the Mitchell River crossing at Dunbar will be a no go - however, the country between Gamboola and Armetis is fantastic.

Got stopped for a breath test between Gamboola and Dunbar as well - all good but pretty remote.

Have a good trip - cheers.

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Follow Up By: Werner N - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 22:37

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 22:37
thanks a lot from munich. Now we start to go to the airport - looking forward that great country - my 4th time.

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