Gregory Downs - Gregory QLD
Gregory Downs Campground is located on the Wills Development Road at Gregory in Queensland. Gregory is 2034km north-west of Brisbane. The trip takes approximately 22 hours and 40 minutes, although slower if you are towing a heavy van or large rig. It is unwise to try and do the whole distance in one day.
The best time to visit Gregory is in winter as summer brings heat and wind. River bed stony but won't bog. Many camp spots close to river. Ideal for anyone who saves washing by being in the buff. River is fresh and drinkable. Fishing (sooties,catfish,cherabin, redclaw) Cane toads seem to have killed the freshies. There is no mobile reception in the area. Nearest public phone is at Gregory Downs Station when working. Nearest major shopping Cloncurry. Dump point available at Gregory Downs and also at the crossing near the roadhouse. Camping is very popular with grey nomads. You can also camp further upstream, 3 km along Cammoweal Rd. Very nice but track tight and really only suitable for small vans and trailers.
Photos and reviews on this page were kindly supplied by our roving reporter Roger Sando in July 2016.
REGION: > QLD > Northern > Far North > Gregory
Contact and Location
Wills Development Rd near Wills Road
Gregory QLD 4830
P: 07 47485566
GPS:S18 38 57,E139 15 15
GPS:S18 38.9638,E139 15.2603
There are no facilities or piped tap water along the Gregory River at the site below.
We camped here in early June 2016 for several nights. The camping area along the river banks is extensive and well used, it appears. The river flows all year round and when not in flood, is shallow (less than a metre) and fast flowing in much of this area. A popular past time is to progress on foot upstream a couple of hundred metres and swim/float/paddle downstream for 300 - 400 metres with a "noodle" or paddle board, which we did several times. The water is quite drinkable and crystal clear. There are signs suggesting that camping is discouraged along the river but these are largely ignored by all campers and when officials appear, they seem mainly to be concerned that grey water is not released into the catchment or river....so a grey water tank is recommended. Flooding in the rainy season is of concern and it is not recommended to camp on the lower levels if the river looks like flooding as vans have been lost in the past. However it remains a favourite camp site of ours and many people choose to have an extended stay here. Some people lock their vans up and leave them in this area while they day trip into Lawn Hill National Park which is about 85 kms away.
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