Cloncurry to Lawn Hill to Daly Waters

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Hello everyone.

We're in a 16foot pop top making our way up to Darwin. We are staying in Cloncurry and trying to decide between:

- continue west through Mt Isa to Three Ways then up the middle to Daly Waters.
- up from Cloncurry to Lawn Hill, then up to the Savannah Way and west to Daly Waters.

The quickest route would be Mt Isa, however Lawn Hill looks lovely. The information centre said the trip up to Lawn Hill is mostly paved (70km dirt at the end) but wasn't too sure on the road north after that.

What's peoples thoughts on Lawn Hill and that portion of the Savannah Way over to Daly Waters? Is it worth the detour (probably an extra week on our trip) from Cloncurry? Suitable for us in our pop top and pajero? We'll probably stay at Adel's Grove based on good reviews.

Thanks heaps!

Dave & Hayley

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Reply By: Rockape - Friday, Aug 05, 2011 at 20:18

Friday, Aug 05, 2011 at 20:18
Dave & Haley,
don't miss lawn Hill the trip is worth it and make sure you hire a canoe and go for a paddle.

Have a good one,

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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Aug 06, 2011 at 00:08

Saturday, Aug 06, 2011 at 00:08
Hi Dave and Hayley

Lawn Hill is fairly easily accessed from the Mt Isa Camooweal side. Mainly dirt roads but not difficult.Well worth spending a few days there, and yes, stay at Adel's Grove, but there are no powered sites.

We were travelling west to east, and went via the Barkly rather than the Savannah Way on that trip, as it was all new to us anyway so took the soft option. The Savannah way was left yet to for the next holiday - yet to come :(

Last report i heard on the Savannah Way (soon after it opened) was there were a lot of water crossings. It can be quite rough and may not be the best route for your rig.


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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Aug 06, 2011 at 13:36

Saturday, Aug 06, 2011 at 13:36
Was at Adels and Lawn Hill for 4 days up until a few days back - the whole area is a real treat right now - the weather was great and both places provided outstanding recreation for us. .......very much recommended. We went out east and then up north to Burketown, then east again. The only report I had re roads north of Lawn Hill was from a part time staffer at Adels - he suggested towing anything bigger than a modest sized camper could be touch and go on a few river crossings on those tracks up to Kingfisher Camp etc. All I can say .......... the gravel roads east and south of Adels are all good (in bush travel terms), but sections need to be taken quite 'easy'.
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Saturday, Aug 06, 2011 at 14:17

Saturday, Aug 06, 2011 at 14:17
There is no choice

Lawn Hill is the only option IMO
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Reply By: blueteddy - Saturday, Aug 06, 2011 at 16:22

Saturday, Aug 06, 2011 at 16:22
Thanks everyone!

We've made a booking for Adels Grove (surprised we got one at such last minute) and we're making our way there over the next few days. Can't wait to jump in a canoe.

After a bit more research on the savannah way we'll give it a miss in our rig and backtrack to cloncurry then out west via Mt Isa :)

Downwind from a few generators at a free camp - bummer.

Dave & Hayley
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