from leaving Katherine and the wild helicopter ride we drove just over a hundred klm to Mataranka hot springs for a couple of nights at the homestead and a swim in the hot springs.
from the Springs we started our journey south and looking forward to some cooler weather as it has been over 35 degrees for us since last November, our first stop is the Larrimah Pub with the pink panther.
and then on to the famous Daly Waters Pub, a must stop over if travelling the Stuart Hwy, I had a couple of VB’s and we had a good look around this historic hotel.
After a few pubs we thought it best to find a camp spot for a few days and wanting to get back to some free camping after being in caravan parks for a while, we decided on taking a dirt track for 12 klm to the right just before the town of Elliot, when we arrived at the camp spot we were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was and how much water there was in the lake being on the edge of the Tanami desert, called Longreach waters.
As you can see the bird life there was amazing, im guessing because there are such few places with water for the birds in the outback that they congregate in places like this.
It was so nice and relaxing there we stayed for 4 days, we packed up again and headed down the sandy track back to the hwy and turned right our destination for the day was a camp called the Pebbles just north of Tennant Creek, we turned down a track and followed it for a couple of klm until we reached an open camp spot snuggled in amongst the rocks called “the pebbles” this is a spiritual meeting place for the Warumungu Aboriginal Women, dancing the Munga Munga Dreaming even though men are aloud to come here the men have to be invited by women.
We stayed here for a couple of days because the wind had picked up and we met a couple of new friends named David and Leanne, it was good to have met them as we exchanged stories and had a few drinks together, we never get tired of meeting new friends its the best part of travelling and the free camps are where we seem to socialize more.
So after saying our goodbyes we going south and David and Leanne going North, the Devils Marbles would be our next stop, these are some large rocks that were exposed for millions of years to the weather and left standing as the softer materials around them turned into dust, we pulled up into the day area and had some lunch and the strangest thing when I looked behind me there was a large dingo sitting in front of the caravan door, Jock was starting to get concerned as he doesn’t like it when there’s food around and a possible poacher on the door step, so we kept a tight hold of jocks lead and the Dingo eventually walked away, im guessing that this old boy has been fed from caravans before and was looking for a easy feed.
We were going to stay here for the night but as from the 1st of June dogs are not allowed to camp over night, but we took Jock with us for the many walks in and around the Marbles before leaving, kept him on his lead because of the Dingo’s, he now sleeps inside the caravan because of them too, they have been known to attack dogs as packs in there kennel’s, so we took off down the road and found a camping bay on the side of the hwy.
Our next stop was a strange little town called Wycliffe Wells its the UFO Center of Australia, a quirky little town, so we stopped and had some lunch there.
as you can see it is set up to bring in the tourists and it did make a nice break from the long road drive.
While driving along we noticed a sign saying the center of Australia so we pulled off the road and had a look it was the John McDouall Stuart Memorial which stated that this was the center point of Australia.
This covers most of Australia for us now as we have been to all the states, Territories and capital cities within them as well, we have been to the most eastern, western, northern and southern points of Australia and now the center, all we can say is that I would love to do it all again.
we stayed at a couple of rest areas for the next two nights with all the Nomads that are heading North for the winter, they think its strange actually seeing a van going the other way, along the road we saw this larger than life bronze statue of a Aboriginal hunter on top of a hill so pulled in and found a few more statues very good art work
it wasn’t long until we came across the Tropic of Capricorn and it was then that the temps started to drop time for long pants and jumpers which feels strange after being in shorts and t-shirts for so long, Robyn loves the cool , me im not too sure on it yet 🙁
Ill leave it for there now and the next post will be on Alice Springs and the surrounding Area.