Normanton to Lawn Hill

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 15:59
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is it possible to drive this with a van in one day?
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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 17:42

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 17:42
Yes - best route in a van would be through Burketown and then down the Gregory downs road and in.

The more interesting route is just short of Domadgee and down through the back road, however this is probably too rough for a van .... couple of creek crossing that may need a 4wd.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 22:04

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 22:04
the best route would depend on what type of van they have for a start. we did the above route last year late in the dry season, and the corrogations along some stretches would sort out any van not built very well to handle such conditons. a decent offroad van would handle it fine, but it really does depend on conditions at the time and the type of van they own.
we went via Burketown from normanton to Adels Grove, visited Burke and Wills last camp on their run North, had lunch at Leichardt Falls and stopped to collect firewood along the way, and still made Adels Grove at a decent time in the afternoon, so it's definately doable. we did it towing offroad camper trailers though, so would have been going much quicker then they are likely to be going, so i'd say it'll be a very big day if towing a van along that route.
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Follow Up By: Yalangur - Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 08:50

Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 08:50
thank you all for your responses. This is very helpful.

We will be towing an off-road van, but would like to take it carefully.

I appreciate what I am learning from you

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 20:24

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 at 20:24
It's only about 400km between the 2, if you go through Burke & Wills, then up to Gregory. And it's all bitumen to Gregory that way.

Through Burketown is about 25 km further, and a lot of it is blacksoil. On the bitumen you should be able to keep a better average speed, and could then take your time for the last stretch from Gregory to Lawn Hill.

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Follow Up By: ant_schomacker - Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 17:13

Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 17:13
They've actually sealed most of this road now! It's only 35-40Km of dirt left now and that's all around the Doomadgee turn-off thrrough to Beamesbrook. It's a little rough, but still much better than the stretch from Normanton to Burketown which is very corrugated in spots (average speed 80km/h towing my camper trailer).

Personally I find the trip through Burketown the much nicer trip and the lagoon at Leichardt Falls (on the left heading West) is beautiful to swim in! DO NOT swim below the falls!

Either way enjoy the trip, and enjoy Lawn Hill!

Ant
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Follow Up By: ant_schomacker - Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 17:15

Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 17:15
Oops... Misread the original post!Normanton to Leichardt Falls is all dirt (approx 170km and then mostly sealed from there to Gregory Downs
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Follow Up By: ant_schomacker - Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 17:15

Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 17:15
Oops... Misread the original post!Normanton to Leichardt Falls is all dirt (approx 170km and then mostly sealed from there to Gregory Downs
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