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Day 9: Friday 5 April - / Sunny and hot

Mungerannie to Coward Springs via the Birdsville Track and the Oodnadatta Track

Day 9 of our trip

Today we woke up early so we could get a bit ahead of schedule after yesterday’s event and we also wanted a bit more time to relax. As for yesterday’s event we wanted to drive extra slow. Once again we had breakfast in the camper trailer to avoid the flies. When we got on the road we saw heaps of wildlife and a dead cow. We stopped at Clayton Station where we were going to stay and we realised we didn’t miss out on much. The brochure about it I think made it sound much nicer than it is. For example they said “laundry with a view” and all that was, was 2 concrete tubs looking out to two tanks. This place was also not cheap at all compared to the other campsite that we stayed at (a lot being free or not much.) Yesterday was cheaper too, when we got a discount since all of us brought more than $1000 with tyres and diesel. Then it was time to hit the road again.

Awhile later we stopped again at Maree and looked at the town and the Old Ghan railway platform, some carriages and information about the Old Ghan. David, Alex and Dad brought a cowboy hat so now all the boys have them except Joseph Atkins as Wayne and Gerard already had them. We looked at the tourist centre and we found out that this area used to be very busy area until they stopped the Old Ghan train in 1980. The Marree community didn’t want the Old Ghan to stop as their community survived on this so they started to unhitch the carriages so it would delay them going. We also went to a shop that had grapes which was a treat as we have not been able to buy fresh food for a long time.

We now had finished the Birdsville track and we're starting the Oodnadatta track. We got back in the car and then we stopped at Lake Eyre lookout. Lake Eyre is twelve metres below sea level and it is the lowest point of Australia. I went down and collected a bit of salt from the lake. Lake Eyre hardly ever has water in it, a few years ago it actually did fill up so many people came to look at it whilst it had water in it.

Then we went back on the road and soon we arrived at Coward Springs Campground. We set up and straight away went to the bore that wasn’t that warm. We watched the most beautiful sunset. Then were going to have a nice hot shower, but we found that it was a donkey shower, which means you you had to make a fire and leave it to warm for 20min to 30min so we gave it a miss and just had a very quick cold shower.. We ended the day with dinner in the camp oven baked dinner and a fire.

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