Saturday, May 30, 2009
Yesterday we caught up with an old friend (Nola) from WA who we haven't seen for over 15 years. We lunched at the Pint Club a favourite haunt of hers. Today we ventured around town mainly to Cullen Bay Marina and the Fisherman's Wharf and did a quick drive through the city. We have caught up with all our washing but still have a few maintenence jobs to do. We are staying in the Coolalinga Caravan Park a small drive out of town on the Stuart Highway a lovely green spot. Happy Belated Birthdays to Keira (4th),Kai (21st), Jess (23rd) and Bill (29th) they are dates not ages. There is so much to see here so hopefully we will get some more photos soon
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The path to the Mataranka Thermal Pools
The Thermal Pool if you look closely you may see me.The climate was quite pleasant today lovely cool breezed took the edge of what would have otherwise been quite a warm day. The park we are staying in is quite pleasant nice green grass among the bush.
A natural pool at the Caravan ParkWe will pull out tomorrow and head towards Darwin spending Wednesday night on the road somewhere, probably Haze Creek. We should arrive in Darwin on Thursday or Friday.
Monday, May 25, 2009
The Army Helicopters taking off Wednesday Morning
It seems ages since I've blogged but we have been out of mobile phone coverage since we left Alice Springs last Wednesday. Tuesday night the Showgrounds was invaded by the army. They had a group of 20 trucks and 7 helicopters they have just been from darwin to WA and were on their way up to Darwin again. Wednesday night saw us pulling up camp at Barrow Creek another free camping spot and again with a quirky pub. It boasts walls of money, must be thousands of dollars (all nationalities) pinned to their walls. I had to seriously cull the photos so I hope the chosen ones do them justice.
Some of the rock formations in Devil's Marbles
We met up with a group of cyclist who were travelling from Adelaide to Darwin to raise money for breast and Prostate cancer. We also met them again in Daly Waters and in Mataraka. I managed to have a massage, I had a really bad back so one of the riders was a remedial masseuse and for a donation she made it bearable again. I think she has riden over 2000 kms up til then.
Parked up in Renner Springs
Sunday we ventured to Daly Waters and viewed the town quite a lot of quirky things here, The "Chookman" has set up shop opposite the pub and appears nightly in the pub. The pub has walls of money, bras & knickers and in the beer garden there is a thong tree. We had a lovely meal here of Beef and Burra.
The Hangar at Daly Waters
Saturday, May 16, 2009
The view in front of the bus
We had another hectic week with the usual dramas re mail and radio. When we approached Alice Springs through a gap in the McDonald Ranges it was like going into another world. It is surrounded by mountains and is as green as green. We are camped in the local showgrounds (too big for the Caravan Parks) but it is absolutely beautiful and peaceful here. We overlook the dressage area so we often see the horses in action everywhere we look it is green grass. (They use reclaimed water on their lawns and gardens) there is dog trials, remote control car club, BMX etc etc. We have plenty of space and we have grass under our feet. I had a bout of depression this week but I seem to be on the mend could have something to do with Mothers Day and being away from the family. By the way thank you Finn, Kai and Keira for the lovely cards, I will cherish them. I enjoyed calls from the family and I also received a surprise in the mail. It was a lovely teddy charm for my bracelet. Thank you very much. We drove out to Simpsons Gap this week and to Standley Chasm both very nice spots.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Taken from the road showing the ranges
Parked up at Mt EbenezerWednesday morning saw us driving up towards King Canyon and we booked into the King Canyon Resort. A lovely little oasis. Several Restaurants, Motel Units and Caravan Park. They parked us in a coach bay so we had our own patio and sink facilities. We drove out to Kings Canyon and did the walk into the gorge. Very spectacular I chose a few photos for you to view. We camped Thursday night at Mt Ebenezer and rejoined John and Carol. We ate in the restaurant then settled around the bonfire that we lit. Friday after a brief stop at Erldunda for an internet fix and catch up on our phone messages, we set off for Alice Springs. We arrived in Alice mid afternoon after a brief lunch stop at Stuart Well. We are parked in the showground on a beautiful grassed area. Plenty of room, power, water etc. We intend to spend a week here. Happy Mothers Day everyone for tomorrow.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Underground Houses in Coober Pedy
Stuart Range Caravan Park (we are in the right hand corner)
Bill & myself Russell, John & Carol in front of the plane
The William Creek Hotel
We left Coober Pedy today and traveled 246km to Marla. We stopped briefly at Cagney Homestead Roadhouse about half way for lunch. The photos enclosed are from our flight over Lake Eyre, Anna Creek and into William Creek and back. I had a hard time deciding on the photos as we took about 100. Lake Eyre is a dry salt lake that occasionally floods and it was here that Sir Donald Campbell once set the world land speed record of 645km/h in a jet powered car. The best way to get to there is by air or 4 wheel drive when the road is accessible. Coober Pedy reaches temperatures of over 47degrees so a lot of the houses are built underground for coolness although there are some now above the ground. Tomorrow we will be travelling North again and should cross the border into the Northern Territory we intend to stop at Kings Canyon overnight
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I have a fair bit of editing to do with the photos we took yesterday on our flight so in the meantime I will show some photos we took on Friday of the Breakaways. By the way I survived the trip. The Breakaways Reserves lie 32km north of Coober Pedy. It consists of colourful low hills which have broken away from the Stuart Range, hence their name "The Breakaways". I have only selected a couple of photos but hopefully they will highlight the open space and colourful environment, leaving an impression of the long gone inland sea our early explorers dreamt of. The white and yellow outcrops are locally called the "Castle" or "Salt & Pepper" the aborigines call these outcrops two dogs a white dog and a yellow dog.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
The local Terrain taken through the bus window
Roxby Downs Main street
The Opal Mining town of Andamooka or the famous Oodnatta track.
Both the Indian Pacific and the Ghan Train pass through here on their way to Alice Springs. There are also several salt lakes nearby such as Lake Hart and Island Lagoon. After lunch we swapped the bus for the car and drove off to Roxby Downs (about 82km)which is a fairly new modern town created around the BHP Olympic Dam Mine. It was rather like a Oasis in the middle of nowhere. Gold some silver, nickel and copper are mined here.
A wedged tailed eagle paused on the side of the road