Normanton to Coen via Kowanyama

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesNormanton
FinishCoen
DifficultyDifficulty 3/5
Suitable For4WD Bike 
Distance919.94 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed68.78 km/hr
Travel Time13 hrs 22 mins
Page Updated: 11 Jun 2016

Description

Enjoy the golden savannah grasslands and the monsoonal wetlands of this trek in this rather barren region of Australia. There are a variety of native animals and a diverse portrait of birds including herons, jabirus, brolgas, sarus crane and many other waterbird species that migrate here - especially after the rains.

A good majority of the trek is on the Burke Developmental Road with minor portions being on the Karumba Development Road, Kowanyama Development Road and Musgrave Strathgordon Road before hitting Peninsula Development Road before Coen. The majority of the journey is a true adventure drive with most of it being unsealed. Although some of these roads can be rough, it’s quite navigable by conventional vehicles with care.

The trek passes through beautiful scenery, including some old historic towns. Examples include: Normanton, which is well known for its diverse migratory wading birds and Barramundi fishing and Karumba which sits on the mouth of the Norman River and is home to the Gulf of Carpentaria’s prawning and fishing industries and not to forget its stunning sunsets. Kowanyama, which means ‘the place of many waters’ is a culturally significant Aboriginal community town. This town is situated on the banks of Magnificent Creek and during the wet season, it’s not uncommon to have supplies flown in by air. There are many homestead stations olong the way including Dunbar Station and there is an old ex-fortress telegraph station now called Musgrave Roadhouse. Coen is a beautiful small town located on the old telegraph line that ran from Laura to Bamaga and is considered the last place north for supplies such as food, fuel and mechanical repairs before heading towards the tip of Cape York.

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Preparation

MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking this Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel SymbolMusgrave Roadhouse.
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 129 litres4cyl 149 litres4cyl 184 litres
6cyl 141 litres6cyl 167 litres6cyl 162 litres
8cyl 141 litres8cyl 153 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Kowanyama Airport
Distance from Trek Mid Point 56.29km NW
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C33.032.332.832.932.030.730.732.234.636.236.234.8
Mean Min. °C24.324.223.721.819.016.115.416.218.921.924.024.3
Mean Rain mm341.7357.5237.155.511.04.22.42.42.616.956.6174.8
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

The following locations have various services And supplies:Musgrave Roadhouse

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Directions

Normanton to Norman River, Burke Dev Road
Driving: 1.51 km
Heading: 59°
Avg Speed: 21.39 km/hr
EST Time: 04:14
Norman River, Burke Dev Road to Stake Hole
Driving: 21.31 km
Heading: 27°
Avg Speed: 91.53 km/hr
EST Time: 13:58
Stake Hole to Burke Dev Road & Karumba Dev Rd
Driving: 7.36 km
Heading: 17°
Avg Speed: 87.97 km/hr
EST Time: 05:01
Burke Dev Road & Karumba Dev Rd to Maggieville
Driving: 1.72 km
Heading: 308°
Avg Speed: 90.02 km/hr
EST Time: 01:08
Maggieville to Karumba Dev Rd & Karumba Point Rd
Driving: 34.5 km
Heading: 269°
Avg Speed: 92.96 km/hr
EST Time: 22:16
Karumba Dev Rd & Karumba Point Rd to Karumba
Driving: 4.62 km
Heading: 213°
Avg Speed: 34.29 km/hr
EST Time: 08:05
Karumba to Karumba Dev Rd & Karumba Point Rd
Driving: 4.62 km
Heading: 33°
Avg Speed: 34.29 km/hr
EST Time: 08:05
Karumba Dev Rd & Karumba Point Rd to Maggieville
Driving: 34.5 km
Heading: 89°
Avg Speed: 92.96 km/hr
EST Time: 22:16
Maggieville to Burke Dev Road & Karumba Dev Rd
Driving: 1.72 km
Heading: 128°
Avg Speed: 90.02 km/hr
EST Time: 01:08
Burke Dev Road & Karumba Dev Rd to Gilbert River, Burke Dev Road
Driving: 72.48 km
Heading: 62°
Avg Speed: 83.24 km/hr
EST Time: 52:14
Gilbert River, Burke Dev Road to Wyaaba Creek, Burke Dev Road
Driving: 63.96 km
Heading: 20°
Avg Speed: 81.48 km/hr
EST Time: 47:05
Wyaaba Creek, Burke Dev Road to Staaten River, Burke Dev Road
Driving: 22.72 km
Heading: 33°
Avg Speed: 85.81 km/hr
EST Time: 15:53
Staaten River, Burke Dev Road to Burke Dev Road & Kowanyama Rd
Driving: 71.18 km
Heading: 32°
Avg Speed: 86.59 km/hr
EST Time: 49:19
Burke Dev Road & Kowanyama Rd to Burkes Lagoon
Driving: 6.27 km
Heading: 307°
Avg Speed: 82.26 km/hr
EST Time: 04:34
Burkes Lagoon to Kowanyama
Driving: 94.73 km
Heading: 312°
Avg Speed: 64.66 km/hr
EST Time: 01:27:54
Kowanyama to Mitchell River, Kowanyama Pormpuraaw Tk
Driving: 68.01 km
Heading: 63°
Avg Speed: 45.97 km/hr
EST Time: 01:28:45
Mitchell River, Kowanyama Pormpuraaw Tk to Alice River & Kowanyama Pormpuraaw Tk
Driving: 16.65 km
Heading: 102°
Avg Speed: 26.43 km/hr
EST Time: 37:47
Alice River & Kowanyama Pormpuraaw Tk to Musgrave Strathgordon Rd & Kowanyama Pormpuraaw Tk
Driving: 73.63 km
Heading: 327°
Avg Speed: 48.21 km/hr
EST Time: 01:31:38
Musgrave Strathgordon Rd & Kowanyama Pormpuraaw Tk to Opera Hill
Driving: 169.85 km
Heading: 89°
Avg Speed: 82.43 km/hr
EST Time: 02:03:37
Opera Hill to Glen Garland
Driving: 12.34 km
Heading: 85°
Avg Speed: 72.03 km/hr
EST Time: 10:16
Glen Garland to Musgrave Roadhouse
Driving: 28.61 km
Heading: 73°
Avg Speed: 44.24 km/hr
EST Time: 38:48
Musgrave Roadhouse to Coen
Driving: 107.65 km
Heading: 341°
Avg Speed: 74.34 km/hr
EST Time: 01:26:53
Distance is GPS recorded distance based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

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