Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Camped by a Billabong, under the shade of Eucalypt Trees

I thought I might tell you what the locals say NT stands for: Its Not Today ,Not Tomorrow, Not Then, Not Tuesday ,Not Thursday Not by Truck and Not by Train it makes our WA (Wait Awhile) seem tame doesn't it. We are in Queensland!!! Yeh!!! We have been away for over four months and we have travelled in 4 states. We passed over the Queensland border at 11.30am NT time or 12.00pm Qld today. At the roadhouse they advised us to turn out clocks forward 5 years and 30 minutes as if.

Sunday morning we left Katherine after a farewell dinner with Hedy & Russell who are going over to the West and we are travelling East. We stopped for lunch at a quirky little place in Larramah. The shed was covered with handwritten signs. Do not go into the kitchen do not look into the kitchen. If you don't like my prices there are other roadhouses further up the road. We should have caught on when we read that one. We ordered a Hot beef Roll, a meat pie and a cappucino $24 thank you very much. Roll was $12, pie was $7.50, coffee a steal at $4.50. We stopped for the night at a roadside camp at Newcastle Waters. After settling in we met another couple, Dave & Shirl who were travelling in a Denning Bus & trailer similar to ours. We left about 9am and stopped for lunch at Threeways and then we turned left towards Queensland. Our new friends were there also. While we were driving along we were listening to talking books and the latest one was the Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees story, a little bit spooky as we were near the area. To make matters more scary it was July 14th the date it all happened years ago. I was so glad when we turned off the Stuart Highway. We stopped briefly at Barkly Homestead and decided to travel on to Wonarah Bore for the night.

Wonarah Bore

We pulled in beside Dave & Shirl. We enjoyed another happy hour with them, the night was quite windy and cool, great for sleeping. Tuesday, today we are only travelling to Camooweal about 270kms up the road. We parted company with them at Camooweal as they were travelling straight through to Brisbane as there is problems with the motor on their bus.

Our personal Billabong

We found a lovely parking spot just out of town beside a Billabong. No one else around and did the washing. Its just what you do in the middle of nowhere. Brolgas appeared on the water about dusk. It is a lovely spot although internet is sketchy.

Camped for the night note the washing on the line strung between the trees.

Talk again soon

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