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May 31, 2017 - Katherine and the Stuart Highway

28 May - Katherine and the Stuart Highway What a night, the flying foxes made an almost continuos din most of the night and at daw the birds took over, not that the bats were quiet, they were just a little subdued in the sunlight. Deciding not to stay another night, but wanting to visit the Katherine Gorge, or Nitmiluk Gorge as it is now known following the agreement of the Australian Government to grant the lands back to the traditional owners, the Jawoyn People. Anyway, we phoned and secured places on the tour, but we had to be at the...

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Jul 15, 2016 - Tennant Creek

Up the Centre 15.7.16 Tennant Creek Yea!!!! Sunshine this morning, so got the washing done and hung out in a very gusty wind, so it was dried by lunch time. The mural is in the main street. Tennant Creek is like many of the small outback towns, with a lot of empty shops, and many aboriginal people appearing to have nothing to do. Drove out to Lake Mary Ann, very pretty spot and well looked after. Even the Geese looked healthy. Then on to Tennant Creek Telegraph Station. This has been renovated and also well looked after. Then on to The...

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Jul 13, 2016 - Devils Marbles to Tenant Creek

Up the Centre 13.7.16 Devils Marbles to Tennant Creek 114km It was great to have Noel wake up feeling his old self. So packed up for the short trip to Tennant Creek. The rain has set in and is constant now. Our navigator died this morning, but we found Tennant Creek ok, even the caravan park!! Not a good day to judge the town, everyone is wet and cold, and everything looks miserable. It is so great to have power again, and have a warm van, can cope with anything if able to get warm. 14.7.16 Tennant Creek Cloudy windy and cold today, but...

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May 23, 2016 - Barkly Highway stop to Banka Banka Station campground

It took us a bit longer than expected to get away this morning because we had acquired new neighbours at about 10pm the night before. They had parked their car and set up a tent immediately behind our van. They turned out to be a really nice young German couple with a 12 month old baby. We spent some time talking to them, and in the meantime the surveyors returned to park their vehicle and be whisked away by the helicopter. They are surveying the site for a pipe line (not sure from where to where or what the pipeline is to carry), but...

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May 22, 2016 - Camooweal to roadside stop on Barkly Highway (70k west of Barkly Homestead Roadhouse)

After 6 weeks on the road it was farewell Queensland and hello to the Northern Territory. Just before you get to the border, the signs in Queensland say ‘110 kph zone ends in 500 metres’ – end is right - it just increases to 130kph as soon as you enter the Territory! The Barkly Highway heads due west, is very long, very straight and has generally fairly bland scenery. The only sign of civilisation is the Barkly Homestead, about 250 k from Camooweal, then there is nothing more until Three Ways, another roadhouse on the intersection of the...

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Apr 28, 2016 - Alice Springs to Tennant Creek

Thursday April 28 Alice Springs to Tennant Creek Farewell Alice Springs! The plan was to try and make Tennant Creek today – 520 klms doesn’t seem much, but at our pace it’s more than we prefer to do – and we did it! Again changing landscape, including a totally vegetation free patch. There are some classic old “hotel” and roadhouses along this part of the Stuart Highway – Aileron Roadhouse with it’s larger than life aboriginal statues, Barrow Creek with it’s grotesque bar and old Telegraph Station repeater station and Wycliffe Well the...

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Tardis Travels 2016

Oct 1, 2014 - The Mining Museum

1/10/14 After such hectic travelling we are having a rest day today. We are going to go to the mining museum just up the road from here. The mining museum is very interesting and tells the story of mining through the eyes of a child. This child was the son of a blind prospector who found the biggest gold seam in Tennant Creek, which has been mined on and off over the years. Also this museum houses an amazing collection of minerals. So many brilliant colours. It has the wow factor.

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Sep 30, 2014 - Tennant Creek

We drove out of Daly Waters just after 6 am for the trip to Tennant Creek. We have been travelling every day and are feeling tired. Tennant Creek is just past the Barkly Highway turnoff which will take us to Queensland but we decided to go there rather than at Three Ways which is at the turnoff. Just past the turnoff is the Telegraph Station which was established in 1870 and linked Australia to the rest of the world. A pretty amazing feat for its time, but it must have been a very lonely life. Tennant Creek seems to be a nice town. It has...

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Aug 15, 2014 - Tennant Creek

It was a bit of a rush trying to get all of our chores done and vacate the Mt Isa caravan park by 10am but we did it, give or take 10 minutes. We said farewell to our new four legged friend who we had shared our bread with through the fence - Mr Ed (I'll call him). We both enjoyed our couple of days in the Isa. Our direction was north-west to a free camp spot at Camooweal, I set the NavMan using the GPS coordinates given in Wiki Camps app and off we set leaving the hills of the Isa to flat country once more. As we entered Camooweal the...

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Jul 28, 2014 - The devils marbles

I was awed by the devils marbles. I can see why they were of religious significance to the aboriginals as they make the hair stand up at the back of your neck in a cool but spooky kind of way. It's interesting the way the park system runs in the territory. The devils marbles are a conservation park but you can have your dog as long as it is on a lead no longer than 3m.

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Jul 28, 2014 - UFO capital of Australia - Wycliffe well

Pretty freaky hey. Wycliffe well was a stopping point for troops on their way to darwin in the war, somewhere they could get water. Now there is a servo and caravan park, and lots of aliens. Every available surface is painted with murals of aliens, Ufos and some random Australian wildlife scenes. There's even a viewing platform for those waiting to be beamed up.

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Jul 22, 2014 - Tennant creek and the pebbles

After leaving long reach waters I headed off to tennant creek. The visitor center was great and had two museums. The first was a social history museum - mum you would have loved it!- which told the story of when gold was found in the area, the role women played and how people lived back then in the 1930s diggings. It was quirky and humourous and had me laughing out loud occasionally! The other museum was of mineralogy and had some spectacular and colourful crystals . I was amazed how some minerals could have so many different forms. While...

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