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Review for Long Gully Gold
Gulf Developmental Road (1) (Savannah Way)
Georgetown / Forsayth

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GPS:  183458 S 1432953 E

Campground:  Long Gully Gold

Address/Town Gulf Developmental Road (1) (Savannah Way)

Long Gully Gold station is about 58 km from Georgetown or about 23 km from Forsayth, Qld. From Georgetown, turn south onto Forsayth Road (Cobbold Gorge Road). After about 15 km the road is mostly unsealed. The turnoff west to Long Gully Gold is about 40 km south of Georgetown or 5 km north of Forsayth at GPS: 18 35 05 S 143 35 51 E (and a further 18 km to Dells House). After turning west, drive for about 4.6 km and then turn right before the cattle grid onto the 'Private Road' at GPS: 18 35 45 S 143 33 32 E following the round white signs, and through a couple of stock gates, to Dells Hole house where you report in and pay fees. The GPS above is for the campground and Dells Hole house is about 2 km past the campground at GPS: 18 34 56 S 143 29 08 E.

Phone No.:  (07) 4062 5534 - ring before you go. Open April - October (depending on the weather).

Price: (Fees shown on website may not be up to date). At the time of our stay - $20 per person detecting per day (includes detecting fee & camping fee) or $105 per week. Rates for a second detectorist and metal detecting clubs can be negotiated.

Sites:  Designated area for a basic bush campground on grass and dirt surface with a few trees providing sparse shade. Levellers may be required as the area has a slight downhill slope. A couple of camp spots will suit caravans with roof-top solar panels & satellite TV.

Sometimes a strong breeze comes through at night so make sure any caravan awnings or shade covers are tied down.

Amenities:  No drinking water, power, showers or toilets. A dam is located near the campground and some campers were using the water for showering (water not suitable for drinking).

Take plenty of drinking water and be self-sufficient as nearest shops are at Georgetown. Fires in small open fireplaces are permitted but must be supervised at all times or extinguished (observe any fire bans).

Drum rubbish bins are provided but it is preferred you take rubbish out with you (you pass the Forsayth Refuse Area on the left on the way out) so take rubbish bags.

Generators are permitted with consideration for others sharing the campground. Take toilet paper and toilet waste may be buried on the property but dig down at least 6-12 inches to ensure covered.

Pet Friendly:  Yes. Dogs should be kept on a leash as there are stock on the property.

Mobile Phone Reception:  No (Sometimes can get patchy reception at the water tank behind Dells House).

Restrictions:  

No EFTPOS or cheques

Porta-potti to caravan toilet necessary

Leave gates as you find them (ie: if closed then close after you).

Comments: 

Long Gully Gold is popular for gold detecting or just getting away in the peace and quite for a few days.  If gold detecting, you must have a Queensland Fossickers Licence (can be obtained from Dept of Natural Resources and Mines in Georgetown for a fee) which must be signed by station owners upon arrival and it is a condition that any detecting holes be filled.

One tip is to remove any tow hitch before driving on the property tracks.

In the evenings the kangaroos, wallabies and birdlife come to the dam for a drink so a set of binoculars would be handy if you are interested.

A sewerage Dump-Ezy is located in Georgetown on the Corner of Low & Normanton Sts, at GPS: 18 17 30 S 143 32 53 E.  A drinking water tap is located on the post of covered picnic table close by and in the parking area of the Visitor Information Centre, Georgetown. There are water taps in the park at Forsayth as well as a hotel and a small caravan park.

Our Rating:  3

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Website:  Long Gully Gold

This review was last updated - September 2012

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