Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Barkley Homestead - Cape Crawford - Daly Waters - Mataranka

Have been out of Internet range for a couple of days so I have some catching up to do.
Barkley Homestead was our next stop after Mt Isa, which took us into the Northern Territory,
lots of klms surrounded by wide open spaces.
We decided not to go to Tennant Creek but instead travel to Cape Crawford via the Tablelands Highway which is mainly a single lane of bitumen so when the road trains came through you moved right off the road to give them space. At Cape Crawford we stayed in the camping grounds of the Heartbreak Hotel, which were nice grassed sites,it  was very cold that night.
From Cape Crawford we travelled to Daly Waters along the Carpenteria Highway, also one lane bitumen with quite a bit of flood damage under repair. We stayed at the Daly Waters Pub campgrounds, it was a full house, they pack the caravans in one after the other, it is amazing , this pub is in the middle of nowhere but they put on a great night , with a steak or barra BBQ, lots of salads and provide entertainment with a fairly daggy 60's singer with a guitar and backing tape and a terrific bush poet/comedian.
Mataranka was our next stop,the caravan park is just a short walk away from Bitter Springs which is a natural mineral spring which is about 35c, a great spot . We hired noodles from the caravan park and float from one end to the other.
Off to Katherine tomorrow.

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