Normanton to Cairns Just how long does it take?

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 19:36
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I've just been looking at a few trips on a 'trip planner' and am now wondering why it would take around 11 hours driving time to get from Normanton to Cairms.

It is around 700km and the road appears to be tar all the way.

I would have thought around 8ours driving plus stops.

Has anyone done the trip and what sort of time it took?

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Reply By: Member Andys Adventures - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:18

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:18
Hi Boo Boo, If you stop every 2 hours for 30 min that's another 2 hours hours. Then you would have to get fuel at some point and that's another 20 to 30 min and you have lunch 1 hour Its starting to add up. Did the trip planner allow for stops or 11 hours straight driving with 2 drivers and no stops.
Andy
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:34

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:34
Andy

Based on other times it has given me it's just driving time only.

And we normally stop and smell the roses, although with the long ranger fuel tank I now get about 1200km w/o the van and around 850km with the van, although we get a lot more with a nice tailwind. lol

I thought that I could average about 90km driving time, so unless someone can tell me there is a problem with the road I think the planner might be having a bad hair day.
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Reply By: Axle - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:05

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:05
G/Day BooBoo,.....How about we swap utes, it will only take you 7hrs all up then!..LOL.


Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:33

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:33
Come on Axle,,,,

Yours gets bogged too often. lol

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Reply By: margery l - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:22

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:22
Hi BooBoo
Yep it's doable but unless you're trying to squeeze in another day fishing and have to catch a plane in Cairns, take your time. The country is just beautiful through there and the roads are often narrow beef roads with lots of road trains. Also after the wet it can sometimes take local councils time to pick up the edges and fix up wet season damage. Split your trip and stay at Cumberland just short of Georgetown. It's a free camp and was an important gold mining town. The smelter chimney is still there, along with the tailings dam. There is also a cemetery to the left of the cattle grid as you come in. My Grandfather was born there and his brother is buried in there. G grand mother had one of the pubs. It's a short drive in local terms into Cairns.
Enjoy the land and have a great time.
Cheers
Margie
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:36

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:36
G'day Margie

We don't break land speed records anymore,, I just thought 11 hrs was a bit long.

However, from what you have said the roads might be the reason why the 11 hrs pops up.

Thanks for the info.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:37

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:37
G'day Margie

We don't break land speed records anymore,, I just thought 11 hrs was a bit long.

However, from what you have said the roads might be the reason why the 11 hrs pops up.

Thanks for the info.
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:54

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:54
yes 8 hours MAX .................
but that is where it all stops, it is a really interesting drive if you have never done it before so for me it would be just point to point and want to get to Cairns but for a tourist that has never been there i would be planning it over 2 days as some really interesting history is out there .......
Your call and short answer ..... 8 hours driving but be really careful at the other end in the evening as zillions of roos.
Cheers
Joe
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Lynne - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 08:30

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 08:30
Yes the roos etc stop you from driving in the late afternoon. We found the roads generally OK but narrow so road trains often meant pulling off. After rain roads are likely to be in poor condition up there. It is a great trip and well worth taking slowly.Cobbold Gorge is worth the detour from Georgetown. Every whistlestop along that road has something special to offer. Take your time and enjoy! Lynne
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Reply By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 09:42

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 09:42
OK the last two posts have finally convinced me.

If we go that way we will take two days.

Ah it's. nice to take it easy.

Thanks for your help, it's great to get useful info on an untravelled road.

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 10:41

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 10:41
Hi BooBoo,

We travelled that road last winter. As others have said its quite narrow, down to single lane bitumen in places and built on high embankments across gullies. There are a lot of unfenced sections and there were a lot of cattle about grazing right up to the bitumen. They had leant to ignore traffic but it was a bit unnerving all the same.

But unless you have a deadline to meet suggest taking your time and having a look at what is out there.

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Val
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Reply By: J & Me - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:11

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:11
Normanton to Cairns takes as long as you wish, we took 12 days.


5th Aug 2011. Just after turning off Matilda Highway, we camped at Leichardt Lagoon 2 nights, 7 Aug Croydon - lunch history walk 2.5 hrs, night camp (free, no facilities) Cumberland Chimney 20 kms before Georgetown. Side trip 2 days at Cobbold George Rough road but worth it fabulous gorge. 11 Aug Mt Surprise. Side trip 1 nights at Undara Lava Tubes. During 5 night stay at Atherton we took a days drive to Cairns.

Hope you have time to enjoy your trip.
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Follow Up By: Tadooch - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 21:03

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 21:03
Hey J & Me...

I was planning to take a trip for my long service this year but my health has become an issue.

Croydon was the most essential stop as my greatgrandfather had a gold mining lease from around 1885.

I would love to see any photos from your trip, particularly the Croydon history walk.

Cheers,
Luke.
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Reply By: J & Me - Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 08:12

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 08:12
Hi Luke

Just saw your question.

Go to info centre at Croydon, they will give you a map of the historic building. All were very well preserved.
If you have time & money Cobbold Gorge was a highlight of our trip, the road was being rebuilt when we went thru' should be good now.

Sorry haven't any photos here. L
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