Darwin Via the Gulf June/July 2013 "Days 7,8 & 9"

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 20:14

D-Max Dave

Darwin Via the Gulf June/July 2013 Days 7,8 925/06/13

Adels Grove, First Day

Headed off early this morning, packed and gone before the sun came up, driving out of Karumba we spotted lots of small Roos/ wallabies on the side of the road, and not long after that a small mob of wild pigs, we also saw numerous feral cats.

First stop Normanton for coffee, then headed off to Gregory Downs via Burke Wills roadhouse, where we stopped to fill the car and some Jerry cans, worked out well as the fuel at Adels Grove was $1.96 Lt.

The road to Gregory Downs was tar all the way, single lane in places but pretty good, once past Gregory Downs the road turned to dirt out to Adels Grove and Lawn Hill, lightly corrugated, with some stoney patches, it was pretty good all the way.

Arriving at Adels Grove at 2pm we went down to the Grove and found a nice spot only 50 mt to the Lawn Hill Creek which runs through the park.

Camp was set up in under an hour and we had a refreshing beer before walking around the camping area to see what was around.

While out exploring the park the boys had a swim in a shallow wide pool in the creek, it was a great and safe place and the boys had a great time, further up the creek where we are camped the water is much deeper and not really suited to young kids, we will however try fishing in the deeper spots where we are told there are some larger fish to catch.

We had a great dinner of fish which was the end of the fish given to us by the old fishermen at Kuraumba, after dinner sitting by the open fire with a beer and wine and relaxed in a most amazing oasis surrounded by scrub and red dust.

Tomorrow we will walk, swim, and fish and see what Adels Grove has to offer.

Adels Grove, 2nd Day

Today we spent an easy day in and around the Grove, after a hearty bacon and egg breaky we headed of on the nature walk and and up to the lookout, only a couple of Kilometres it was very easy and from the top there is a nice view of the surrounding bushland and Adels Grove, the nature walk winds its way around the outskirts of the Grove and then follows the creek back to the reception area.

We swam in the creek and floated around the pontoon for a while then moved down stream a bit and got in again with our noodles, floating down the creek a hundred meters or so, don't forget your gogglessnorkel, it was great floating along looking at the schools of Archer fish, and the interesting underwater structures.

I tried a spot of fishing in the afternoon, got a lot of nibbles and ended up catching a reasonable size Catfish, but alas no Barra, which management assure me are in there.

A word about firewood, we were assured there was plenty laying around the grove, this is not the case, it was picked clean so collect what you can on the way in and start as far out as you can cause the closer you get the thinner it gets on the ground.

While dinner was cooking I thought I would take the opportunity the give the car and trailer the once over, pretty lucky too, I discovered that the pin holding the hitch on was gone, not just the spring clip, the whole lot.

Now I don't understand how we could have travelled any distance, especially on the corrugated road from Gregory Downs without the trailer falling off, so I can only assume that some bastard pinched while we were away from camp.

Having no spare, and none available for sale anywhere close I decided to make one(see picture), well it tuns out that a 4 long 1/2 socket extension fits perfectly, I just needed to drill a small hole through one end ( glad I carry a 12v drill), and fashion a spring clip out of a tent peg.

The drilling was not easy, those extension are pretty hard, but I got it done using plenty of oil as lube.

I'm hiding this one till we are ready to leave.

Tomorrow we are off to Lawn Hill.

Adels Grove, Third Day

Headed of to Lawn Hill Gorge only 10k away, the road out there was much the same as the road into Adel's but pretty stoney in parts.

Once at the Gorge we walked a small distance to the canoe hire area and chatted to the guy hiring them, he suggested we get a three man canoe and put the two boys on the middle seat and us at each end, turned out to be a great idea and saved us a few bucks as well.

The paddle up to the first water falls was about 1.5 Kl, it way pretty easy although the wind blowing through the gorge towards us made it a little tough at times.

Arriving the Indarri falls we hoped out and walked up to the lookout, its a fairly steep and rocky path but well worth the effort, from there you have an awesome view of the falls below.

We elected not to continue in the canoe on the next falls which was another one or so kilometers, instead we floated back and enjoyed the beautiful gorge at a relaxing pace, all in all we had the canoe for just over an hour and a half, which cost us $45.00.

On our return to Adel's we went to the restaurant and enjoyed some drinks and a snack while we waited for a load of washing to finish, drinks and food are reasonably priced I think considering the location.

Another swim in the creek and back to the camp to clean up and pack some thing away so we can get away early.

Aldels Grove is an incredible place, we stayed three nights but probably could have stayed a couple more and done a bit more fishing, swimming and walking.

We definitely recommend it to to anyone, for a minimum of tree nights if you want to see Lawn hill as well.

Tomorrow we head north to Doomadgee, then west to Hells gate, better let tyres down a little, its all dirt from now through Hells Gate, Boroloola, Limmen NP, and on to Roper Bar.


Dave T
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