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Published: September 22nd 2017
Our next main stop was Alice Springs and then Ayres Rock. However on the drive down from Kakadu we stopped at a few different places.
Our first stop was Edith Falls. A waterfall flowing in to a big pool and a hike that takes you up to the start of the fall. We spent most of the morning in the bottom pool then decided to do the climb to the top one. It was a circular walk so after choosing the shorter route up, we started climbing. The overall result was worth it. There were two big pools at the top and another little Falls. We swam and read there for hours before doing the rest of the circle back. On the way back we saw our second snake. A tree snake, which apparently won't kill us but would make us sick if we were bitten.
We drove to a camp site near Katherine where we stayed three nights.
We had arranged to have our bank cards from our new accounts forwarded to Katherine and so collected them in the morning and then spent about four hours in a cafe using the internet and charging our items. Yes
we did buy cakes and drinks in the café. This was the first time we'd had internet in about five days so we made the most of it.
The next day we went to a market and looked around. We tried traditional South African Sausage which was sort of like salami. We went to the Information centre and got some leaflets about the places we were visiting. We also used their Wi-Fi.
We had found a tap where we could get free water so drove there and spent the afternoon washing our clothes and reading while they were drying. We had bought marshmallows and that night we made a fire and toasted them.
The next day we went to Katherine hot springs. The springs are basically a river where the water was 35degrees. It was lovely. The water was beautifully clear and warm. After spending a few hours there we found some shade and sat reading for most of the afternoon.
We left at around four to go to our next destination, which was only 120km away in a very small village called Mataranka. We were advised to go there as they had a hot spring
as well. So the next day we went to the Mataranka hot spring and spent most of the day in the water, which was a little colder but still lovely.
That night we went to the closest camp site so the next day we could get up and go to Tennet Creek.
On our drive to Tennet Creek we only stopped once. At a pub. The Daleys Water Pub. This pub had stickers, money, cards, hats, bras, underwear from every where in the world. People signed their belongings and left them at the pub where they were then put up on the wall.
We drove some more until we got to the closest site to Tennet Creek. We stayed there that night and the next day explored the town. We went to the information centre and used the Internet and had a look around the library. Our cooker was having problems so we got that fixed. We then bought some food and carried on our journey.
We were getting closer and closer to Alice Springs and the night before we arrived in Alice we again stopped at the camp site nearest the town. On the drive
down we stopped once at The Devils Marbles which were naturally formed round rocks at the side of the road. They were formed by rain and wind erosion. Along this stretch of road we saw dead cows along the road side; they had been hit by other vehicles.
Apart from one camp site in Litchfield and three in Kakadu all the sites we have stayed in have been free thanks to WikiCamps. The app shows us all camp sites, free and paid (I've got the settings to free) and all the activities and things to do along your journey! I'm hoping that the rest of the trip we can find free sites and not have to pay to camp again!
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