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Heading for Lawn Hill and Adels Grove

Post by Eagle eye » Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:00 pm

Hello Everyone
We are heading off for a look around the Gulf, leaving Sydney April 30th via Bourke, Charlaville, Cloncurry, across to Lawn Hill and Adel's Grove for a few days. We were wondering if other have taken their vans out there, where was the best place to stay we have plenty of solar, S/ off road van.
I think they have fuel there can anyone confirm please. Also looking forward to free camping along the trip can anyone recommend places to stay.
Would appreciate any thoughts,
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Re: Heading for Lawn Hill and Adels Grove

Post by gregnsue » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:12 am

Plenty of places in Camps 9. For van parks see Australian Caravan Reports

We stay at Mitchell Caravan Park in Bourke (02) 6872 2791 and Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville

Have a great trip
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Re: Heading for Lawn Hill and Adels Grove

Post by Jeffie » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:09 am

If I were going that way I would, as per Camps Australia 9:-
827 Terramungamine (Dubbo)
Sorry but would not stay in Bourke, go on to Camps 950-51-52
725 Wyandra
635 Blackall ( Barco Rivercamp)
361 Longreach (Apex Park)
376 McKinlay
280 Terry Smith Lookout
269 Gregory Downs

Have not been to Lawn Hill for many years (with a camper) so do not know the road conditions which can change from week to week.
I believe that you must book ahead now as sites are restricted at Lawn Hill, dont know about Adels.
Others will know better.
Enjoy.


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Re: Heading for Lawn Hill and Adels Grove

Post by Engel » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:14 pm

Great little caravan park in Bourke that a young couple runs, very good park and most accommodating.

Charleville Evening star is OK not as good as when first opened but still OK, go a bit further and there is a free park at Augathella great pub meals.

Cloncurry a couple there we stayed on the one on the east side.

Think about going via Boulia To Mt Isa staying the night at Boulia

Stay at Mt Isa and then go on the Barkley highway and turn of at the Riversleigh turnoff and go to Adels Grove, a couple of pretty creek crossings of the Gregory and O'Shannesy that are flowing all year round. Road condition depends on who you ask.

Most important to have a UHF radio as some of the roads are single lane and you will run across road trains carrying stock from NT south and they travel in loose convoys and they have right of way on the single lane. Pull well of the road and call up the first and ask how many are coming and they will tell you haw many and how far apart they are.

Wikicamps will give you all the free camps to numerous to mention.

Never rely on outback fuel so make sure you are totally full before going to Adels Grove and they may be out.

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Re: Heading for Lawn Hill and Adels Grove

Post by Peter Aawen » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:31 pm

^^ Wot he says!! And I'd strongly recommend you camp at Adels Grove then drive in to Lawn Hill for the day as often as it takes to see & do everything you want to do! Yes, Lawn Hill is outstanding, but NPWS or NPS&R or whatever they are now have made it such a CHORE to stay there it's not funny!! Go to Adels, much nicer people, easier booking, better facilities, & all round, it's just a great camping ambience at Adels, & you are close enough to drive over & enjoy everything Lawn Hill has to offer plus a bunch more without all the hassles & impositions, so you won't leave kicking yourself over making the wrong decision on where to camp either! :rolleyes:

Re the road trains - if you have any choice in the matter, you REALLY don't want to be even near the road if one of them hasta pull the slightest bit off the crown of the road!! Give them as much room as you can & then some, pull right over & maybe even stop & wait until the cloud of rocks & dust settles - a busted windscreen out there can be a pain, & is pretty likely if you drive with any speed thru their dust & debris cloud; but it's waaay less damaging than hitting another vehicle head on cos it was hidden in a road train's dust cloud & going flat chat trying to get past quickly!! :o

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Re: Heading for Lawn Hill and Adels Grove

Post by rat3het » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:27 pm

Just spoke to the co-pilot

we went there many years ago

dirt road

3 creek crossings

1st 1 knee high water , reasonable

2nd 1 dry

3rd 1 knee high , but resent rain had washed rock base away

we checked with camping park when we got there , they responded that they had not been thru for a couple of weeks

van should have 600 mm clearance , at a guess , if there has been rain

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Re: Heading for Lawn Hill and Adels Grove

Post by Eagle eye » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:12 pm

Thanks' everyone for your replies, the information will be of assistance.
We appreciate your help
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Re: Heading for Lawn Hill and Adels Grove

Post by Motherhen » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:29 pm

We took our caravan to Adels Grove, but from Camooweal side, via Riversleigh Del and Les. Shallow (at the time) water ran across concrete based causeways which were were no problem at all to cross. Yes, they have fuel at Adels Grove.

We have found places to pull off the road behind bush at spots between Bourke and Charleville. At Charleville we wanted to stay a few days to sightsee, particularly to see the Cosmos Centre night showing. All parks are said to be good, but we chose the Charleville Bush Caravan Park as it suited us for quiet just out of town parking. We we were going to go to the $5 pppn Charleville Bush Camp, but chose the Caravan Park in the end and what a wonderful experience it was.

Isisford has very cheap camping along the river, with toilets in town and showers near the Shire office, and the same deal at Oma Lagoon 16 kilometres south west of the town, which has better toilets and it seems now hot showers as well. Many small towns in this area of Queensland have good free or low cost camping; great little towns to visit.
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Re: Heading for Lawn Hill and Adels Grove

Post by Old Techo » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:57 pm

We went via Bourke (Kidman van park) to Adels and Lawn Hill 2 ½ years ago in August. This way.... https://www.google.com.au/maps/dir/Long ... !3e0?hl=en

We spent a night at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse. Can be quite busy. Nothing flash there but they had power. No water to vans but containers can be filled from a tap.

The road to Adels from the roadhouse was bitumen until the last 41 kms. The bitumen ends at the tee intersection to the MMG Century Mine. That last 41 kms took us 80 minutes to travel as it was quite corrugated in places. Our 14 year old van has leaf springs, no shocks and intended for bitumen. If necessary I'll slow to 10 kph.

Adels has generator and non-generator areas. Water available to some sites but the pressure was barely enough to slowly fill a bucket. There was a weakish Telstra phone signal in the office area that I could pick up with my phone yagi antenna about 1 km away.
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Re: Heading for Lawn Hill and Adels Grove

Post by Motherhen » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:36 pm

We had a tap at our site - it was untreated creek water but office ladies said is was OK for drinking, but high in calcium. There was a slight sediment in the bucket so I used it direct from bucket rather than put it on our tanks.
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