A picpure of Hiroe paddling in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Watch out for the crocodiles Hiroe
We left Borroloola reasonably early and headed back to Cape Crawford. You probably won’t find it on your maps as it only consists of The Heartbreak Hotel – Nothing else. Well, there were quite a few different birds here including some honey eaters.
After morning tea we continued on to October Creek Rest Area some 99 km west of Cape Crawford where we had lunch. There were a lot of finches waiting to be fed some of our lunch here.
We drove on to Bullwaddy Rest Area where we had planned to spend the night. Some Oil Exploration teams had taken over the area with many trucks and maybe 50 small vehicles. It being Saturday night we thought that the boys might be partying so we drove on another 40 km and found a good gravel pit to spend the night in.
Cousin Susan in the UK (well According to Family Tree Maker we are Second Cousins, but heck!!), cousin Susan has made a comment that her daughter just spent 2 hours in a traffic jam on the M6. Pommy Bob is rather stressed on this trip because of the lack of vehicles on the road. We travelled 345km today and wouldn’t have seen 20 vehicles on the road.
The road is still mainly single track bitumen but only another 50 km will see us join the Stuart Highway and from there to Darwin will be a good wide road.
A very quiet night last night and very dark as well. The moon didn’t rise until almost sunrise.
We drove the 50 km into Daly Waters Pub and refuelled. Bob nearly had a heart attack when he saw how much he had to pay.
We had a look at what is left of the Stuart Tree which John McDouall Stuart is supposed to have carved the letter S in when he did his exploration of the area.
Next stop was at the old airfield here. This was the first international airport in Australia and was used to refuel aircraft coming to Australia from the UK via Singapore. They had to have this stop as they were unable to carry enough fuel to get them all the way to Sydney. The airfield was also used as a staging post during World War 2.
We continued on up the Stuart Highway, calling in to have a look at a memorial to Alexander Forrest who came this way from Western Australia looking for the overland telegraph line.
We stopped at Larrimah for lunch and a look around. This is as far as the Northern territory Rail line from Darwin ever reached. During WW2, Military supplies and men had to rail from Port Augusta in South Australia via a 3’6” line to Alice Springs then offload onto trucks onto the dirt road from there to Larrimar and then back onto a 3’6” line to Darwin. During the wet, the road became a quagmire.
We drove on and turned off the highway just 14 km south of Mataranka to have a look at the Elsie Cemetery where the husband of Jeanie Gunn (she wrote the book ‘ We of The Never never’) is buried.
We have camped for the night about 2 km east of the highway on the cemetery road. It’s nice and quiet again.