North along the Great Dividing Range Queensland

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We are planning to drive from Brisbane to the Cape from 2nd June and are looking for information on the highest roads that we can use witht eh 4B and off road camper trailer. I am hoping someone is able to advise on which roads, gravel or otherwise, will take us as close to the top of the GDR as possible heading north - south. Any info will be much appreciated.
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Reply By: Rockape - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 09:43

Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 09:43
the great dividing range runs a long way inland and is not as high as other ranges on the coast. It is the watershed that sends water to either the coast or inland.

Here are a few trips you can take, go inland and come down the range at Mt Morgan, then go north of Rocky and turn left at the St Lawence turn off up the range and come out at Sarina. Go to Mackay and out to Pinnacle toward Septimus, you will have had to ask the forestry or get local knowledge to find the old logging track up to Eungella. The track would also be shown on toppo maps. The tricky bit is where to turn off the Septimus road as it looks like you are turning into a cane farm.

You could go out to Mt Britton from Mackay and turn north on Carborough Rd to Mt Britton and if you go around the back of the old mine township there is a good track up the mountain, it is not on any maps, be warned the track ends very abruptly down a steep grade. Then you could go on up to The Burdekin Dam and come down the range at Ravenswood to Ayr.

Go back up Herveys range and on to Mt Garnet and the tablelands or north from Townsville t Ingham and up to Wallamen falls, back down from there and onto Kennedy and up to Blanco falls and onto Mt Garnet and the tablelands or Cairns.

North to Mossman and up the Creb track or up the Bloomfield track.

Have a good trip

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Reply By: Patrol22 - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 17:18

Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 17:18
You might want to consider the run from Mt Garnet/Innot Hot Springs out to Irvinebank to Emuford and Petford....then T/R to Dimbulah to Thornborough, Mt Mulligan through Kondaparinga Stn and on to main road north to Cooktown. I went through this way in 2007 but you will need to check if you can still get beyond Mt Mulligan....I believe there was some talk that this road would be closed.
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Reply By: Member - John R (cQld) - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 21:08

Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 21:08
If though you'd still like to see parts of the GDR even without mountains, try this:

Up to Toowoomba, then visit Bunya NP,
Travel out to Roma, then up to Injune. You cross the GDR south of Injune, but will be unlikely to notice it,
Take in the dramatic sandstone cliffs around Carnarvon NP, on the GDR (perhaps visit the park),
Travel up to Emerald via Springsure, passing the Minerva Hills NP,
Do a loop between Capella and Clermont to see some of the Peak Range volcanic plugs.
Leave the Gregory Hwy about 120km north of Clermont on a gravel road, to go past Lake Buchanan, an inland salt lake perched on the GDR. Parts of this area are covered with spinifex and mallee, as if you were in central Aus, and not a hill in sight. You also need to be comfortable with being a long way from a service station for about 300km. Come out eventually on the Aramac-Torrens Ck road.
Head back towards Charters Towers on the Flinders Hwy, stopping at the White Mountains NP on the GDR just east of Torrens Ck.

You could then follow routes up to Cooktown, as suggested above.

Cheers, John

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Reply By: Peter56 - Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 11:56

Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 11:56
Anyone know whether the road from kennedy to Blanco Falls and further is open?

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