Darwin Via the Gulf June/July 2013 "Day 10"

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 21:29

D-Max Dave

Darwin Via the Gulf June/July 2013 Day 1024/06/13

Headed of this morning from Adels Grove about 0800hrs, we decided to head to Doomadgee through KFC rather than take the road back to Gregory Downs.

The road heading North through KFC and on to Doomadgee was for the best part pretty good, at times you could sit on 100k if you wanted, but there were a few patches of very rocky road and corrugations which came up pretty fast, there was also a fair bit of stock on the road.

There was only three creek crossings travelling through KFC, soon after entering the property, it was the most significant, not because its deep but because once you enter the creek you follow it along for a bit before exiting, then almost immediately you cross another small section. The next couple are easy, less than 50cm deep and firm rocky bottoms.

Dommadgee is an interesting town, the fuel stop was good, as was the supermarket where we stocked up, be sure to check the the use by dates though we got some items that were a long way out of date.

I don't think I would stay in town, but its worth a look.

If you want to fill your water tank the water at the fuel stop was very nice, better than most of the others we have tried this trip.

We had intended driving to Hells Gate and staying there, but it was early and the road was a lot better than I had anticipated so we kept on going driving all the way to Borroloola instead .

The road from Doomadgee to Borroloola was in good condition almost all the way, good hard dirt with some patches of rock, and some corrugations but nothing bad for any significant lengths.

There were 4 or 5 creek crossing, the deepest being 50cm or so,the approach and departures on all of them were easy, and all had firm rocky bottoms.

The Borroloola CP seems nice, although it has gotten a little rowdy tonight with a group of indigenous folk attempting to put a rather large number of people in the back of a ute to head off somewhere, there was lots of yelling, laughing, and the sound of broken glass.

Anyway time to hit the sack, tomorrow off to Limmen NP and Butterfly Springs.


Dave T
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