Cobbold Gorge road access, alternative view.

Submitted: Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 17:47
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In late July, there was a post commenting on the poor state of the roads and poor advice received from staff at Cobbold gorge about southern access. As we were heading up that way about a week later I was rather concerned but had no choice but to use the "questionable" roads. we were in Longreach.

As there are several routes to CG from the south I will be specific as to the roads we used. We drove from Longreach to Muttaburra via the main "western" road, then Muttaburra to Prairie (not Hughenden). The Prairie porcupine Gorge shortcut is closed so had to backtrack to Hughenden then to the Lynd Junction, Einsaleigh, Forsayth and then Cobbold Gorge. We were in a Prado with 2 in lift and towing OR trailer. Tires dropped about 10 lb from bitumen pressure.

In my opinion, all of the roads were in very good condition considering they are gravel western Qld roads. Regular patches of bitumen on hills and creeks, some patches of clay (tough if wet) some gravel, no bulldust or gravel gullies of any significance. Passed several caravans and 2 regular sedans.

I have no hesitation in recommending anyone with a standard 4WD and OR trailer take these roads to CG. I personally would not take a caravan as its about 400 km gravel and is dusty.

I am not trying to downplay the earlier correspondents views but want to point out that 1 man's reject is another's prize. Road conditions seem to be a very personal opinion depending on previous experience.

Regardless of the way to get there, CG is a wonderful spot to camp for 3-4 days so go there. Great camping, great pool, great gorge, wonderful hosts, great cafe, camp fires and hot showers and not too many people. (maybe the idea of the original post was to keep people away and preserve the serenity and I missed it!)

The other thing is agree that camping at Porcupine Gorge is very ordinary. Much better place is a small camping ground 50 km due south of Prairie. Kooninda or something like that. Can't say any more otherwise everyone will go there and that will ruin it for those who go to the trouble of finding it. Just go there and stay a day or 2.

happy travelling in western Qld

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Reply By: Member - peter & dawn m (QLD) - Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 20:23

Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 20:23
Went to Cobbold gorge 2 years ago from George Town the road in was in a very bad way realy taking a normal car in would have been stupid . as in our nissan patrol we had to travel very slowly as their was no corragation just very rocky but it was worth it. swampy
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 12:07

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 12:07
Agree OE that gravel W Qld roads are just that, gravel, so slow down and drive to conditions. BTW this time last year road gangs were laying down a new tar section between Georgetown and Forsayth so that will be a pleasant improvement for this years travellers. Click on this link to see pix of Cobbold Gorge.....W

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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 16:18

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 16:18
When we went to Cobbold Gorge we came up to The Lynd from Charters Towers and then headed south toward Hughenden for a short distance (mainly Bitumen) before turning west and went via Gilberton. Gilberton has an old cemetry, site of large town with a connection to Cobbold Gorge through the store keeper who was killed near Cobbold Gorge.

The old fort has also been restored. Interesting country around Gilberton and the drive over to Cobbold Gorge goed through interesting country also. This route can be part of a circuit by leaving Cobbold Gorge and heading back to Forsyth.

I towed a caravan over these roads without any problems and thought the roads were OK for gravel roads. Don't remember much corrugation if any on any road.

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