Diamantina National Park

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Hi - can anybody please advise whether there are any issues with access into the diamantina national park via Monkira and Davenport Downs ie crossing the diamantina river near the downs. thanks
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 18:39

Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 18:39
We might be able to tell you in about 10 days time as we intend to be there about then :)


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Reply By: Hortray - Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 19:40

Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 19:40
Thanks Kev, look forward to hearing something.......Ray
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 08:23

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 08:23
I talked to a lady at Davenport Downs the other night and she said there had been traffic through from Windorah and they were working on the road between them and the Park. And as Kev said we will be heading that way next week.
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 08:52

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 08:52
6 sleeps now Bruce :)

Peta is getting keen already, she groaned this morning when I told her how many to go LOL


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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 10:42

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 10:42
So Peta will be our alarm clock Saturday morning? lol We had better not rely on Annie, she did not get out of bed yesterday till 7.45 LOL
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 10:50

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 10:50
Peta was up dressed and ready to go at 6:30 this morning LOL

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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 19:39

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 19:39
I'm sorry that Ruth & I will not be able to join you good folks on this trip. Out daughter is not leaving us to return to India until 4th July. The earliest that we could get to your group would be your last day.
So have a great time. We will be thinking about you. Hope you will be posting along the way so we can keep up with where you are. Does anyone in your group have an EO Track Me device?
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 20:00

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 20:00
Evening Kevin,

I don't think any of us have EO track Me, but I will be uploading the trek file when I get home :)

Maybe Ruth and yourself could join us at Mt Moffatt for the Easter Long Weekend next year :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 21:29

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 21:29
Hi Kev. I had noted the Easter 2013 gathering and am interested. We are thinking of doing WA next year via the Plenty Highway and the Great Central Road so Mt Moffitt might be a good start. Ruth sends her love to your gorgeous daughters.
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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 22:07

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 22:07
Hi Hortray, this link to Site Link Travels of Saddhen might give you some info you can use.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 07:33

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 07:33
Steve,

Thanks for the heads up, some great info in his blog about the Park :)


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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 08:08

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 08:08
Kev,

Members John and Val did an excellent blog on the Diamantina National Park last year. The link is below.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 10:52

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 10:52
Kevin,

Thanks for another great referral.

Val has done a great job in writing that blog. I am very much looking forward to getting there now :)


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Reply By: wombat28 - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 07:34

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 07:34
We are ofto the Diamantina Lakes at the end of this week.
Has anyone got any hints on how to fish there ? eg. bait, do you need a kayak or small tinnie ?
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 07:37

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 07:37
Wombat,

We might see you there :)

We are going to try fishing from the banks, with yabbys and soft plastics.


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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 16:43

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 16:43
A mate, who's a better fisherman than me, told me to turn over a rock near the water and use what's under there (within reason). Chances are that's what the fish are eating.

Have a good trip. We're possibly dropping into Diamantina National Park in about 6 weeks, so I'll be keen to read about you're trips.

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Reply By: wombat28 - Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 at 11:02

Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 at 11:02
We have now been to the Diamantina Park.
We drove from Winton and followed the old stock route that runs down the east side of the Diamantina river to Old Cork. The track was good.
We stayed a couple of nights there with about 8 other groups who were good company and were there for a couple of weeks or more. Plenty of water in river, the other campers had been catching yellow belly but we only managed a few grunters. There had been sightings and photos to prove of 2 salt water crocs there !
We then drove down to the NP and looked at both camping sights; we decided on the Hunters Gorge as the views of the surrounding hills were beautiful. The other site Gum Hole did not really have any views and wild cats had been coming into the campsites and raiding any food they could find.
Hunters Gorge waterhole was covered in Pelicans fishing for catfish fingerlings - the only thing we caught was small catfish in our yabby traps.
A climb to the top of the hill near the campsite was a must and also the view from Janets Leap. The Warracoota round trip is OK if you have enough fuel.
We departed south on the road through Davenport and Monkira. The road was good
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