Blogs from Daly Waters, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania

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Geo: -16.2634, 133.375Seems to be the normal routine now. Woke at 6 am had brekkieand left Tennant Creek about 8.30. Filled up for fuel and the guy asked me if Ihad a library card in Tennant Creek. With much winking and nodding of his headI said YES. Saves 4c per/L on the fuel. We arrived at Daly Waters about 1.30and booked into the caravan park. This is a managed park and you are assignedto a site. Stacked in like sardines already. Locals say the season is startingearlier the past few years. Last time we were here in 2013 it was spot thevans. Sunny day with a hot wind, must be about 34 -36c here. Don't really knowas we don't have TV reception. Had tea at the pub, very good meal and they havesome live music. Everything ... read more
Beef & Barra Night
Disco Lights
Main Street

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Daly Waters February 13th 2017

The end of the trip is now approaching. We have flown from Bali to Darwin for a night in a hostel and met up with Adam our driver again. He has hired a 24 seater bus for us (with AC) so travelling in comparative comfort. Strange to be able to read and understand the road signs, recognise most items in the supermarket (Vegemite is an acquired taste I think), and be able to understand what people are saying! The first stop should have been Kakadoo but the park is flooded and the roads impassable so we are now going to the Jumping Crocodiles. Wow - that was awesome. To see these massive animals jumping out of the water for food - it gave us the chance to see what powerful beasts they are (and some great ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Daly Waters February 13th 2017

Now everyone is in bed there is some additional bandwidth to add some pictures.... read more
Snappy!
Massive Termite Mound
Daly Waters

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Daly Waters September 10th 2016

Saturday 3rd September 2016 Last night we all agreed that we would move northwards and Barrow Creek Roadhouse, 280kms away, was to be our stop for the night. Mark and Helena decided they were going to do more sightseeing before leaving and as we hadn’t been through the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens we went there. Good decision, the Olive Pink Botanic Garden was well worth going to. Miss Olive Pink was an unconventional anthropologist who championed the welfare of the aborigines from the 1940s, a botanical artist and a woman ahead of her time in promoting the cultivation of Australia's native plants. The garden consists of more than 600 plant species from all over Central Australia including 33 that are rare or endangered. The garden was opened to the public in 1985. We set off climbing ... read more
Another view of Heavitree Gap, Alice Springs, from the top of Annie Meyers Hill
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Look who's behind the bar at Barrow Creek Pub?

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Daly Waters February 25th 2015

Hello Everyone, Early start this morning of 5.30am, to be ready to leave camp at 6.30am after breakfast and a shower. After driving a few hours, we went to Mataranka thermal pools but due to flooding from cyclone Lam it was closed because the pool areas were covered in mud and broken trees, and the possibility that due to the increased water levels, crocodiles could enter the water!! So we drove for another hour until we reached a toilet/fuel/food stop, where we also have the opportunity to feed huge barramundi fish. Neil went first (of course) and then two more people had a go. After leaving here, it was another few hours before we reached the famous Daley Waters Pub, which happened to be the day of a re-enactment of Borella’s jouney from Alice to Darwin ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Daly Waters September 18th 2014

The last few days have been lovely and relaxing. We’ve enjoyed the Apostle Birds each morning (and sometimes in the afternoon, too) and the whole parade of birds and animals. I got the washing done (but not the ironing as there’s no board)and got most of the backlog of my Blog from August up to date as well as doing the current ones. We haven’t had telephone reception as there is no Optus but Barry bought $20 of data from United WiFi so we were able to email friends and family, especially Stacey, as it was her 30th birthday on Wednesday. She’d had a big Sci-Fi themed party at a hired venue last weekend and we were able to also look at her Facebook photos, which was wonderful. The showers at night have been interesting, with ... read more
Fixing the Suspension
The Perfect Tool Carrier
One Very Big Load

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Daly Waters September 15th 2014

We woke at 7am today, with lots of birds calling all around us. I opened the blind and saw some small parrots in a tree nearby. I quickly got dressed and went out to have a look (and take photos, of course!). The ones I’d first seen were gone but there was a large group of bigger parrots over near the pool. They were similar to Red Shouldered Parrots but had red right across the wing when flying (not in my book). I walked over towards the paddock next door and could see (and hear!) hundreds of chattering Apostle Birds; a load of Galahs and Red-Collared Lorikeets; some Crested Pigeons and Cockatiels; Magpie Larks; moaning Crows; 5 Black Kites sitting in trees waiting for the thermals to start; and a large group of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos ... read more
Red-Shouldered Parrots
Free For All at the Pig Pen
Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Daly Waters September 14th 2014

Having decided to head South Barry was keen to get as far as possible along the Stuart Highway today. We had a little bit of headwind for a while but it soon dropped and we motored along fairly easily to Mataranka, where we decided to stop for lunch. I noticed some coloured statues at the start of the town that I hadn’t seen last time so Barry parked near a large Banyan Tree (Strangler Fig) and stayed in the ute while I went to see. There were four statues, all from the book “We of the Never-Never” by Jeannie Gunn which was set in the area and tells of their experiences on their property, Elsey Station, in the outback in the 1890s. One group was the author and her husband, Aeneas. There was also an Aboriginal ... read more
A Male Rainbow Bee-Eater
Bett Bett and Her Dog Sue
Lunch Time at Mataranka

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Daly Waters August 22nd 2014

We had intended to leave early at 8.30am but saw the jewellery lady, Jo, and her husband and got talking so it was after 9am when we got away. We drove straight to Renner Springs and stopped for a break. What a surprise – there was an Outback Pub, where you could buy food, drinks and fuel. We each had an iced coffee and shared a piece of chocolate cake. We sat down to eat it and couldn’t stop looking around all the walls, ceiling and bar. There were old hats pinned all over the ceiling and hanging from the bar, funny labels and pictures, personal IDs and signatures with messages of support literally written all over the walls. There wasn’t a spare spot anywhere. The dining room was set up like an old fashioned hotel ... read more
Renner Springs Outback Pub Dining Room
Sailing Along the Highway
One Very Dusty Road Train

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Daly Waters September 28th 2013

With our brief but rewarding stop over in Kakadu completed, we set off south east back to the Stuart Highway, stopping at a number of points of interest as we travelled. The roads here are generally excellent, but remembering some are through wetlands (a nice name for swamp) so there are areas that are uneven. Our first stop was a little off the highway at Edith Falls. There is a national park camp here and many had said this was a great place to camp. We were out of luck as far as getting a camp site suited to our long vehicle, so just went walk about from the car park to look at the falls and the stream that flows away. It is a great place to cool off in the lake at the bottom ... read more
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Edith Falls
Stream from Edith Falls




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