Alice River Goldfields Loop Road

Alice River Goldfields is not a bad alternative road.

If you are on your way back from the Tip, and have the time, you can do an alternative road to skip the long straight stretch of Peninsula Developmental Road roughly between Laura and Musgrave.

Be warned that it takes you longer, so you need an extra half a day at the very least, but better a whole day, to enjoy it.

The loop is longer than the stretch on the main road, so make sure you have the fuel, and fill your tank at Musgrave.

There are a few creek crossings, an old mine and historical goldfields, and if you like discovering it's not a bad road.

alice river

The northern turnoff from the Peninsula Developmental Road is about 25km south of Musgrave Roadhouse.

alice river goldfields loop road turnoff

You first drive past Artemis Station, which has a camping ground.

artemis station

The track then continues south past a turnoff to the old Dixie Outstation.

dixie outstation

Further south it comes to a turnoff to the New Dixie Station - continue right, following the sign towards Normanton.

dixie station

After that the road continues straight until it comes to the turnoff east towards Alice River Goldfields.

alice river loop road

It first crosses the little Crosbie Creek, ...

crosbie creek

Then the little more serious Eight Mile Creek, ...

eight mile creek

And enters Alice River Station, ...

alice river station

... before you come to this mining site.

Alice River Mine

It may look abandoned but in fact it is private property and trespassing is not allowed.

alice river mine

The site is on care and maintenance, and will be the focus of more mining work in the near future.

alice river goldmine

Nearby are also some old relics from the days of the historical goldfields.

alice river goldfields

After that there is a sign saying Laura just before you cross Dickies Creek, ...

dickies creek

... the Alice River crossing and turnoff to Imooya Station,

alice river crossing

... and further east you come to Killarney Station (always leave the gates as you find them, in terms of open vs closed!).

killarney station

The track goes through some cattle country ...

killarney station

... to the crossroad to Kimba Station, ...

kimba station

... and after that the road broadens, ...

kingvale station

and thick forest surrounds the road. You drive through Kingvale Station, ...

kingvale station

... then cross Kennedy River, ...

kennedy river

... and the smaller St George River, with some bush camping sites.

st george river

Next you get back to the Peninsula Developmental Road, near Fairview Outstation.

alice river goldfields loop road

This sign marks the spot (Fairlight Station is south towards Palmerville, while Fairview is across the Peninsula Developmental Road).

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