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Jul 28, 2013 - Devil's Marbles (again)

(Ben) The Devil's Marbles still rated as the kids' favourite stop so far, so we decided we should spend another night there on the way back past. The Parkyns were also headed there but left Alice Springs much earlier than us, arrived at the marbles a few hours before us, and saved us a spot beside them (which was a good thing as it was pretty crowded). Once again, the kids took off onto the rocks and had plenty of fun scrambling about the place. The change in the weather was pretty marked - suddenly we were hot again after being cold for...

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Jul 19, 2013 - Devil's Marbles - change of plan!

(Ben) Big day today! The plan was... head to Tennant Creek tonight before making north towards Darwin tomorrow. As we drove west this morning I floated the idea of a 'little detour' ... to Uluru. Sal seemed open to the idea so I couldn't help throwing in mention of the fact that we could get there in time for me to spend my birthday there. As Sal pointed out, this made it a little hard to refuse (really?!). A quick survey of the kids, and our 2000 km detour was locked in! Doesn't seem so far in the context of the whole trip... We made it as...

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Oct 4, 2012 - Long drive

Long car day. Driving by 7.30am, stopped at 6.30 pm. Decided to return to Devils marbles, 100km south of Tenant creek. Not many nice accomodation options along this section of the trip and the marbles is such a picturesque spot. Quick stop for morning tea at 'Fran's tea house', Larrimah. Unusual in many ways. Tin shack, as most builidings are. Not welcome inside and not supposed to BYO water... Much on the 'verbal' menu, including scones with jam and cream. Upon arrival at destination, set up, cooked and eating by 7.30pm. $8p/n

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Sep 8, 2012 - Drive day

On the road at 6.30am for a long drive day. Destination again...to be confirmed.....At start of day have so far spent $1000 on fuel , at Yulara diesel was $2.15 per litre. At Stuarts Well stopped for a camel ride!! Crossed over the Tropic of Capricorn and almost instantly saw signs of crossing from Arid to Tropical zones. Termite mounds, insects, vegetation. Decided we liked the idea of spending the night at 'Devils Marbles'. Meant it was going to be a 12 hour drive today. Pulled in just on sunset. 850kms done. Well worth the effort. A...

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Aug 31, 2012 - 41 Mile camp to Devils Marbles

41 Mile Camp to Devils Marbles Not long after we turned onto The Stuart Highway we were stopped by the police as there was a pretty big wild fire and the winds were really strong so the smoke was too thick to drive through. After being stuck on the side of the road in a long line of caravan-ers for around half an hour i think they decided they'd better get us caravans out of the way as the fire was getting close and up ahead we could see the flames. So into Tennant Crk we drove, stopping to fill up with diesel ($190 worth!) before we went...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Bronte's Travel photos in the car

Bronte has found an amusing way to pass the hours travelling in the car. This is just a small sample of the photos she has taken of herself with her iphone

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Aug 8, 2012 - Devils Marbles

There was very little to see or do as we travelled north from Alice Springs for 700km's. We decided not to stop at Wycliffe Wells where they claim to have the highest rate of UFO sightings in Australia. We guess they need to make claim to "something" as there is absolutely nothing else there. We passed through Tennent Creek expecting something a little more exciting than Red Rooster but were disappointed. At least lunch was nice. That night we stopped off at a small caravan park called Banka Banka which proved to be well worthwhile. They...

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May 16, 2012 - Devils Marbles

11th May Left Temple Bar this morning.Heading to Devils Marbles.Our first stop Aileron [big man walk],Photos will explain.Diesel was 2:05 but no eftpos so we continued on to Ti Tree our lucky day diesel was cheaper $1:98. The scenery is looking great lots of grasses & trees .Very obvious the amount of rain that has fallen. Starting to see plenty of wild flowers , lovely colours. Next stop, Wycliffe Well, UFO capital of Australia. We need our alfoil beanies to repel the aliens. We had pie and chips for lunch, so many chips we took a doggie...

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May 22, 2009 - Wycliffe Wells

On Friday the 22nd of May we travelled to Wycliffe Wells, and booked into a room to stay the night, as it was near the Devils marbles - another great site to be seen and explored! When we arrived, then we discovered that we had no mobile phone coverage, which meant no contact with the family nor catching up with the travel journal or downloading of photos. A little about the Devils marbles, and surrounding other rocks - known as the pebbles. Devils marbles -Karlu karlu - their aboriginal name, are a collection of huge spherical, red...

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Aug 10, 2008 - Devils Marbles

JOEL: Here I'm at the Devil's Marbles. It's an Igneous rock called Granite. I climbed most of the rocks there and they were beautiful.... And I climbed a rock and I could see a really good view from there. JOSH: Today I went to Devils Marbles, I was Mountain Boy, Mountain Boy..Mountain Boy. Aboriginal people thought it was made by a giant rainbow serpent. We went through Tennant Creek and it wasn’t that big. We had lunch at Red Rooster and watched a review of the Olympics and we saw Stephanie Rice win a Gold medal [1 kilometre (individual...

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Jul 31, 2006 - Devil's Marbles

We travel a further 400k south from Dunmarra down the Stuart Hwy. There's a lot of wide open sparse country on each side of the highway. As we are both reading the Dig Tree, our minds keep wondering back to the early explorers and how hard it must have been for Stuart and co to cross this country with temperatures soaring past 50 degrees Celsius in the sun and no water in sight. We are glad to be in the comfort of our air-conditioned 4wd with 1400km range. We reach Devils Marbles about 5pm in the afternoon and she is pretty busy at the...

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