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Old October 8th, 2010, 05:28 AM posted to
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Default Camping on the Burke Developmental Road?

On 8/10/2010 4:09 AM, Frank Slootweg wrote:
[Since this group is dead as a doornail, I might as well take this
opportunity to ask questions and see if there are still any

Has anyone driven the Burke Developmental Road (in Northern Queensland,
from Normanton to Chillagoe)?

If so:

- Is it a worthwhile trip (considering that we like the outback, wide
open spaces, etc.)?

- How about camping, both in the wild (i.e. beside the road, on a rest
area, on a parking stop) and on some form of official campground (for
example on the property of a homestead, etc.)?

- Any other info?

FYI, we will be there around early April and will betravelling in a 4WD

Thanks in advance for any and all responses.

My recommendation would be to take the Gulf Developmental Road. It's
just 60km longer. You would go through Croydon, a regular metropolis at
the height of the Gold Rushes; Georgetown, with its excellent Mineral
Museum; Mount Surprise, with the nearby Undarra Lava Tubes. The road
surface is much 'friendlier' - especially at the likely tail end of a
big wet - mainly sealed with many streams bridged. Good facilities for
camping too - each of the named centres has Council Camping Grounds.