NT Wildlife Park

We managed to break camp this morning, fill another gas bottle, and drive about 54 km to the Northern Territory Wildlife Park where we spent the entire day.  This excursion fitted in well with Ruby’s schoolwork, which required some research into zoos. The park is an excellent example of a zoo that has re-oriented itself…

Darwin

22 May—25 May 2002 From Litchfield National Park we drove back to Bachelor and then on to Darwin.  When we arrived, we set up camp at Carnarvon Caravan Park at Lee Point and headed into town.  On the way, Susie managed to contact our old friend Tony Collins who worked at the ABC. We met…

Litchfield National Park

20 May—21 May 2002 If you are travelling in the Northern Territory, and you don’t pack up by 9.00 a.m., you get caught in the heat of the day, which slows you down to a crawl.  So the next morning, we got up early as possible and packed up camp. We pulled out of Edith…

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

17 May—18 May 2002 It is only a short distance from Katherine to Edith Falls – or Leliyn by its Aboriginal name. The campsites there were level and immaculately maintained, and they had water taps and a modern ablutions block. They were also intelligently laid out for different kinds of rigs.  As soon as we…

Katherine

15 May—16 May 2002 We got off to a slow start today.  During breakfast I dropped a tin of sardines and out of nowhere a swarm of bull ants appeared.  This made packing up rather difficult, as the little buggers could really bite.  Also, we sent Clare to the kiosk to buy bread and milk…

Mataranka to Katherine

14 May—16 May 2002 We packed up at Elsey National Park this morning. This was hard work in the intense heat.  We drove into Mataranka for ice, and then to Bitter Springs.  This was a real treat.  This spring is a small stream winding through the bush, fed by hot springs, just like the hot…

Mataranka day 2

13 May 2002 This morning we hired two canoes and paddled downstream to Mataranka Falls.  We had to lug the canoes through a short stretch of forest. The falls were exquisite.  I saw a freshwater croc as soon as we arrived. I didn’t tell the kids so they wouldn’t worry.  We enjoyed the spas around…

Tennant Ck to Mataranka

11 May—12 May 2002 As we left Tenant Creek we re-fuelled, bought some more ice, and headed north on the Stuart Highway, stopping at the Old Telegraph Station north of town. We were hoping to reach Mataranka by nightfall, but this proved to be too ambitious so we pulled in for the night at Daly…

Into the Northern Territory

10 May—11 May 2002 The journey from Mount Isa to Tennant Creek is over 650 km. This was the longest drive we planned to complete in one stretch. Susie and I swapped the driver role every two hours, and this made it manageable. We checked out both caravan parks at Tennant Creek, and settled for…

Mt Isa

7 May—9 May 2002 The approach to Mount Isa took us by surprise. In place of the flat plains we had become accustomed to, a dramatic, rugged, low range of hills suddenly rose up out of the landscape.  We wound our way through these hills to the township where we set up camp at the…

McKinlay day 2

7 May 2002 On our second day at Strathfield station, I went out with Heather to check a bore, whilst Susan dealt with some bureaucratic tasks on the internet.  We then checked out the old farmhouse and worker’s quarters. Heather then took us for a drive around the perimeter of the property.  This took some…

Winton to McKinlay

4 May—6 May 2002 We packed up and left Winton, somewhat wearily due to the noisy celebrations keeping us awake.  We stopped on the way out to buy some wine and beer to offer our hosts at Strathfield Station beyond McKinlay, which was our next stop.  Petrol was horribly expensive in Winton.  We refuelled at…