camping between lawn hill and borroloola

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Hello looking for an overnight stop between Lawn hill and Borroloola for travel sept . Suggestions most welcome
Allan
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Reply By: Member - Matt M - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 15:18

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 15:18
Hi Allan,

Kingfisher Camp a really great place to relax for a day or two.

Cheers,

Matt.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 15:35

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 15:35
Agree

Phil
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Reply By: rumpig - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 18:32

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 18:32
i don't recall there being much after Kingfisher Camp other then Hells Gate Roadhouse when we did that run last year. from Adels Grove you'll be at Kingfisher by lunch time, on a nice grassey campground.
we left Kingfisher at just before 7.00 a.m and arrived at Boroloola around 1.00 p.m ish i think from memory, we weren't plodding along though (mostly did 90 - 100kph) as we were heading onto Lorella Springs that night. we arrived at Lorella around 5.00 p.m, which surprised Rett, he reckons most people take atleast 12 hrs to go from Kingfisher to Lorella when they are towing a camper trailer.
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Reply By: Member - Vivien C (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 19:04

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 19:04
Al c

I agree that Kingfisher Camp is a great spot to camp. The campsites are grassy, the amenities are excellent, there's plenty of shade and lots of room. You can hire boats, canoes etc and there is a small store.

Kerry McGinnis, one of the owners of Bowthorn Station (where Kingfisher is located) has written about her life growing up, droving with her father and family and their move from droving to running properties themselves in her books Pieces of Blue and Heart Country.

We travelled from Kingfisher to Borroloola in an easy day.

Enjoy your travels

Viv
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 19:51

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 19:51
I could be wrong but I think kerry is no longer at Bowthorn, certainly you couldn't call in at the homestead 2 years ago, the track past now by passes the station homestead.

Mike.
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Follow Up By: Member - Vivien C (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 20:30

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 20:30
Not sure if Kerry is still at Bowthorn but I thought her brother and sister were there last time we stayed at Kingfisher. That was back in 2008 so a lot could have changed by now. The first time we visited we did call at Bowthorn and said hello to Kerry. She signed a copy of Pieces of Blue for us. That would've been 2001 I think..

Whether she's there or not, the books are enjoyable and Kingfisher a top place.

Viv
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Reply By: Geoff B7 - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 20:01

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 20:01
Hi Allan, Great country that you are visiting. As others said, Kingfisher is excellent but if you want to get a little closer to Borroloola also Hells Gate and then closer to the border is the Robertson River. There are some excellent camp sites up a side track to the left before you cross the river. 100 metres or so and looking over the river. Back in August we travelled right around the Gulf from the Stuart via Roper Bar through Borroloola. There's some great camps between Roper Bar & Borroloola. Let me know if you need some hints...GEOFF B7
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Follow Up By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 at 09:39

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 at 09:39
Geoff B7,
We are travelling up that way in July this year, so any info you could pass our way we would really appreciate it, we intend to stay at Kingfisher then travel up through Roper etc to the Kimberely. Thanks heaps in advance
Barb
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Follow Up By: al c - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 15:54

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 15:54
Hi Geoff
Do you need permit or permission to camp at Robertson river
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Follow Up By: Geoff B7 - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 17:01

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 17:01
Hi Al C,

No permission is required to camp at Robinson River as far as I know. Although it is in Garawa Aboriginal Reserve, it is on the Savanaah Way. If you have Camps Australia (5th edition) it is camp spot no 123 on map no 99 NT. You are not actually on the river when you camp but up on the enscarpement looking ovfroer the river. The best side to camp is on the Qld approach side. There is a track to the right with a few good camping areas. Less attractive camps are on the other side.. The crossing is not that deep if it's outside the "wet"; but keep to the left. Good camping .......GEOFF B7
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Reply By: Member - Blaze - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 at 02:09

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 at 02:09
Kingfisher is good if you want to camp with others and all the amenities, if your looking for a bit more out of the way, most of the River Crossings have good camping and good fishing, of course remember they also have Salties. We loved camping just above a few of the causeways, Barra on the plate, piece and quiet at night. This is the outback, you can have your grassed camping area's, we only use them for showers when needed.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 17:49

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 17:49
i guess the camping with others at Kingfisher depends on what time of year you visit there. on our trip there were only 2 other campers there and they were down the other end of the campground, though we were pretty late in the season.
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Reply By: GREENDOG ! - Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 17:58

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 17:58
Kingfisher camp ground for me as well,fantastic little stop.cheer's GREENDOG
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