Bye bye Darwin. Off to see some jumping crockies in Adelaide River.
“Don’t hang on the fence of the boat, do not put your arms outside the fence, DO NOT POINT OUTSIDE THE BOAT”. These are the directions you get when getting on the boat. These prehistorical animals are fast! This is the first time I got afraid. My heart was beating fast when I took the picture below. The first Mr we saw was a male, about 5m and with his great name Brutus.
Pay attention to the width of his jaws…look at the man standing behind…teasing him with chicken.
So the chicken is shown to them about 3 times, they jump and the last time they can have the meat.
Here is a lady, you notice the difference.
Here is a baby!
Sorry guys haven’t figured out the video thing yet on my blog. The don’t seem to work on my tablet so I don’t know.
Let’s enter another national park. First we had some lunch here. Usually we eat on places like this. Isn’t it just great?
The cathedral termite mounds are well known here. The below one is 5m and about 50 years old!
No, it’s not a graveyard. They are termite mounds. The mounds are aligned north to south to minimise the exposure to the sun.
Buley Rockhole – long series of cascading plunge pools
Haha…it started to pour! It was so funny because beeing in Darwin with 97% humidity and 30+ degrees this was great! I still took a swim, I mean I was wet already…
Slept at the camp near the falls and next day went to Wangi Falls and then left the national park. These places are located for 2WDers but if you want to go south you in the park you need a 4WD.
The weather next day continued to be cooler which was perfect in unairconditioned Tony.
Just another lunch under a mango tree and our friend who we met 3 weeks earlier heading north.
9th Oct – Katherine Gorge for the 2nd time
Now we did book in advance but on the other hand low season is starting as wet season is coming.. Either way I got to see the gorge which is beautiful! There are 13 gorges in total and i saw the first 2.
Slept in Mataranka that night, not too far from Katherine as we had the canoe half day. Also took a night swim in the hot spring under the thousands of bats. Saw this poor bugger in the shower later.
10th Oct – drove all day as there was nothing to see along the way and when it was time for lunch we met a couple we camped next to in Kakadu. Great to meet people like that in the middle of nowhere. Now as we were driving all day we noticed a smell. It went bad, worse, horrible and then unbearable.
The smell was rotten eggs. But the mystery was not solved. We had no eggs…
After all this bad smell we arrived in Tennant Creek to sleep.
Next day Devils Marbels was the first stop! Getting closer to the red centre!
Nope, no potato
These rocks might be round but here and there are pieces that have fallen off and if you step on them…they can be devilishly slippery…
I lived though.
On the road again we still had our friend with us…the smell…
Wycliffe Well is the place were people have spotted most UFO:s….
No need to stop here…
Aileron, just before Alice Springs, is a little tiny village(?) where we stayed the night. 7 permanent habitats…can I call it a roadhouse? What’s the difference?
The humidity was gone! So from 97% I’ve reached a place with 20% humidity…that is nothing in other words and the best part, I slept like a baby.
My first Red Kangaroo in the red centre
Mr woo was constantly peeing and farting…so i gave back!
After that we became real close buddies. We were hopping around together. I love it!
And his shy friend..
Now I don’t know if I’m boring, you all know I’m not, so i don’t know why but my travelpartner tried something new to entertain himself…
I had no plan on climbing the red rock in the centre so I took whatever I could find similar…or..ehh..
Tony’s lady Alice was happy to be here.
Wow, whoever says there’s nothing in Alice probably hasn’t been there. It’s in the middle of nowhere but there are about 20 000 people and in Oz, especially in the outback, that it considered pretty big. Ladies, there are shopping malls, yes plural, and really nice shoooooes!
The first thing we did was to get a hold of a mechanic who told us we probably got bad fuel… Darn… Well well at least Tony is feeling good.
Were’s the candy bag? Found it do you want a piece?
Maybe the candy should be stored in the esky to…
Refueled with nice high-octane, and obviously expensive, petrol to clean Tony’s inside we arrived at the road house Eldunda. This was our last stop this day…and apparently almost our final stop…
When we arrived I turned off the engine to go to the reception to check in. But when we were going to park inside in the caravan park the engine made noooo sound whatsoever..
I’ll spare you the technical and search for what was wrong.
Push starting we are on the road again. This trip was the start of the end. After 60km Tony started coughing…he did not run smoothly. We continued to the next roadhouse which was another 100km….with a coughing Tony. And not only. One or two days earlier the front window had a crack which was just getting bigger and bigger. After a while out of nowhere the wipers went on(?), but not in a normal speed. In a freaking-horror-movie-speed. It was faster than the fastest level and we looked at each other thinking they will any second fly off or something! Paranormal activity is all I’m saying…
After a coughing 100 km we finally reach Curtain Springs, which is just a roadhouse, 80km from Yulara the town of Uluru.
Nobody can do anything from Curtain Springs so we asked the reception what to do. $675 for being towed… Next option please. There was a mechanic in Yulara and the lady told us it’s good to give him a ring now because he will be close soon as it was Saturday. Me and F looked at each other and went both at the same time: oh, is it Saturday? 🙂 I love being on holiday! Nobody has reception in the middle of nowhere so i used a payphone for the second time in 2 months. Wow.
We wanted to get to Yulara the same day to catch that sunset at Uluru sober asked every 4WD we sawbif they were heading the right way if they could tow us there. When we kind of gave up, had lunch, coffee and F was diving in the hood (under the chairs) to have a look at the engine, two brothers park in front of us.
Saving you the conversation:
Here we go again
Graham and Mark. Our two angels. Our new travelpartners around the red center. These guys are from the south. One lives in Mildura and the other one in Melbourne.
They say you never see the rock twice with the same light. Every sight of it differs.
So here are a few photos from evening and morning
And you can see Kata Tjuta 50km away:
Early morning we went to catch the sunset too:
There was a few Asian bus tours so i got inspired
This is how close Kata Tjuta actually is…or not..
I realized if I lived here back in the days and saw these rock formations I would also say they are sacred. Driving and driving there is really nothing out there. Yes that’s how it is in a desert. And just look at that. What would you think if you saw this ages ago?
Now let’s get up close
On the way back we stopped at the lookout for Kata Tjuta. The funny thing was that a normal camera cannot fit all of the rocks in one shot…
And if you look behind you
I must say I enjoyed Kata Tjuta a lot more than Uluru. Sure I’ve seen plenty of pictures of it before and it is only one biiig rock. I’m not saying it is bad but there is a lot more going on with Kata Tjuta. Amazingly beautiful. Just spectacular!
Going back to the camping area we decided how to continue. Tony has electrical issues which aren’t solved the cheapest nor fastest way in the middle of nowhere. The two brothers offered us a lift back to Melbourne. We accepted gratefully! So now we needed to empty the van and then…dump it somewhere.
We started with removing the plates we just put on Tony about a week ago.
I went to everyone around the campground to tell everyone we are selling loads of stuff, including fuel and to come buy our van.
Got rid of a few things but left all of this
That evening we cooked for Graham and Mark and planned the rest of our trip with our new travelpartners.
Earlier that day..
We went to a police station to ask how to get rid of the van in the right way, so we don’t have any troubles later on. (Manolio read this:) the cop said: take it to the dump and just remove the plates and the registration sticker. Then he thought of something and said: well if the dump finds a car in good condition with no plates they will definitely contact us and ask questions to sort some practical things out. So you should do this. Drive out on the highway and drive in on the first dirt road you find. Leave it there. Not on the road, just leave it on the side so cars can pass.
The cop had a serious look on his face all the time while telling us the above. And well yes he wad bloody serious. So it is true, Northern Terrirorians are really laid back… I mean the copper didn’t even want to work…
So we did the next day:
The sign next to Tony reads:
So no need to go any further and Tony had a nice view as well…
On the road again I crossed another border and another time zone
Being in a 4WD again we can drive dirt roads. So the Oodnadatta track which is really nice. We had to have a beer at this pub in Oodnadatta.
Went passed the old Ghan. It is the old railway that goes from Darwin through the center to Adelaide.
Some bridges are still left and this was is in a big dry creek and it is the highest and longest bridge we saw.
We bush camped this night which I simply loved!
Next day was very interesting as we reached -14 meters below sea level in Lake Eyre.
Not many can say theycve been swimming in Lake Eyre…as it always is dry…
All that white color folks is salt
See it is a lake…eeh..
This is a picture of a picture of the lake 🙂
We passed Leigh Creek
We fueled here
..were the meter wasn’t even digital
And then we past through Flinders Ranges NP.
I was sacrificed to the gods…
Wilpena Pound Resort is also a place for these Western Grey Kangaroo
Some people are sooo lucky…
Heading to Mildura where Mark lives
The landscape reminded me sometimes a lot of Skåne with green flat meadows and the wind meals.
Ok I said almost, there aren’t that many nor high hills maybe :p
This is a wing of a wind meal
And here we go again crossing borders
And here we go again with the most blablablablablaaaa
On our way back a stumpy lizzard was warming himself up on the road. I liked him so much. I want him.
His skin is like a pine cones but soft. And it is just amazing and cute. I mean if it had a ling neck it would definitely bite me but I still like him. I want one.
Mildura is located in a wine district area and also Mark used to have vineyards. The landscape is beautiful and we got to see how beautiful the city is.
Looking up at a kookaburra, my favorite
Graham has one of those Variety Bash cars, an Ford Fairlane 351 -74. You know the crazy cars I saw in Cape York? The ones that raise money for children. So Graham took us for a ride in his bash car too. 🙂
There’s not much room in the car so one seat is pulled out to fit the esky
So I was heading to Perth but ended up in Melbourne. My choice of course cuz I could’ve gone to Adelaide but I’m just doing that later.
Staying with Mad again and met a few people here from last time I was here and also some friends from Brisbane.
All is good but the weather. Here is spring and in general Melbourne can have 4 seasons in one day. No I’m not complaining, I know it’s been snowing back home. Brrr..
We have 10h time difference now with Sweden as they changed time today and we changed some weeks ago to summer time.
Staying in Melbourne another wekk or 10 days or so.
Beeing in the city again I actually miss some fellas. They surprise you here and there. See you next time