Central Aus (12th June)

Hi Again
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.

Mataranka Springs

Mataranka Springs

Robyn in the Springs

Robyn in the 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.

Larrimah Pub

Larrimah Pub

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.

Daly Waters Pub

Daly Waters Pub

Daly Waters Pub

Daly Waters Pub

Jail House at Daly Waters

Jail House at Daly Waters

Jail

Jail

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.

Longreach Waters

Longreach Waters

Longreach Waters Birds

Longreach Waters Birds

Longreach Waters Birds

Longreach Waters Birds

Longreach Waters Birds

Longreach Waters Birds

Longreach Waters Birds

Longreach Waters Birds

Longreach Waters Birds

Longreach Waters Birds

Longreach Waters Birds

Longreach Waters Birds

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.

Longreach Camp

Longreach Camp

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.

The Pebbles

The Pebbles

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.

David and Leanne

David and Leanne

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.

"Devils Marbles"

“Devils Marbles”

Devils Marbles

Devils Marbles

Devils Marbles

Devils Marbles

devils Marbles

devils Marbles

Devils Marbles

Devils Marbles

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.

UFO

UFO

Robyn and the Aliens

Robyn and the Aliens

Alien with attitude :-)

Alien with attitude 🙂

Alien

Alien

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.

Center of Australia.

Center of Australia.

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

Aileron

Aileron

Aileron

Aileron

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 🙁

Tropic of Capricorn

Tropic of Capricorn

Ill leave it for there now and the next post will be on Alice Springs and the surrounding Area.

13 Comments

  1. June

    Fantastic colours, well done just plain magical shots

  2. Karla

    these are beautiful photo’s and I love the stories behind them.

    • robyn congerton

      Thanks Karla,
      we are truly enjoying this trip and glad to hear others enjoying our stories xx

  3. christine and peter

    hi again guys, looks like your both having a ball and congrats with covering all the states and capitals I bet you want to go around again, take care and look forward to the next post xx

  4. robyn congerton

    Hi Christine and Peter,
    yes please can we go again :), will be very hard to settle down when we get home.
    John forgot to mention we have climbed the highest mountain, all we need to do is find the lowest point in oz, 🙂
    thanks for following our journey xxc

  5. hi
    the hot springs look great I wish I was in there now, so cold here in Melbourne, as usual the bird photo’s are beautiful and love reading your posts keep them coming and take care.

    cheers
    Ken…

    • John

      Hi Ken,
      yes the springs were fantastic, about 32 degrees and clear as, thanks for having a look at the web site and your kind comments.

      best Regards John…

  6. linda

    Hi Robyn and John
    Those hot springs looked lovely and relaxing, I loved the aborigine statues, very big. Robyn your new green friends looked interesting. As always John your photos are outstanding xxx

    • robyn congerton

      Hi linda,
      loved my green friends 🙂
      The hot springs were lovely after the dusty dirty park ….. 😉

  7. Julie and Andrew (Uluru)

    Hey guys hope your have an amazing time we have been to many of these places. Looking forward to catching up again with you guys and of course jock lol

    • robyn congerton

      Hi julie and mark,
      Thanks for looking at the site, hope your taking care of yourselves, and jock misses you both, so will definitely have to catch up again one day xxxxxxx

  8. Amanda cooney

    Looks another wonderful place amazing photos and I luv Robyn’s new friends (thank god you keep your clothes on with the aboriginal person lol) .The springs look very relaxing and the trees all round them is beautiful . You have travelled so many miles and it’s been just wonderful to follow it with you so thank you for that .

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