Our Latest Dusty Track – When we left Jabiru we continued our Kakadu exploration before finally leaving the park by the southern road to Pine Creek. Naturally we found a few dusty tracks in the park, in fact most of the best spots are either 4WD only or 4WD recommended. We followed the Stuart Highway south from Pine Creek with a brief side trip to revisit Edith Falls. A few days rest were in order at Mataranka and we loved swimming and drifting downstream in the crystal clear thermal pools at Bitter Springs while we were there. We left the bitumen just south of Elliott to take the Barkly Stock Route across to the Tablelands Highway then had another section of dusty track along Ranken Road to reach the Barkly Highway shortly before the Northern Territory / Queensland border. This has now taken us through Camooweal and Mt Isa on our way east.
Where are we now? – Half way between Mt Isa and Cloncurry a sign to Clem Walton Park leads you to what appears to be a locked gate. It has stopped Julie calling in here a couple of times in the past but thanks to Bill and Bunty, who we met at Shady Camp on the way to Kakadu, and to others we’ve met along the way we’ve learnt that it isn’t actually locked and the chain can be undone to reach a couple of delightful camping areas. The first is Corella Dam but we continued on past there through a gate onto station property until we reached Clem Walton Creek. We intended stopping two nights and expected phone and internet reception but it is such a lovely place we decided to forgo the internet cover and stop at least three nights. We will have to prepare our blog updates as best we can and send them off when we get a decent Internet connection.
Where to next? – We are both keen to have a dip in an ocean which is not too cold and where we know there aren’t any of those nasty big lizards so we’ll continue east along the highway until we run out of land (or change our minds of course which is always a possibility). After that we’ll only have two or three weeks until we want to be in south east Queensland so we’ll try to balance finding some good spots to enjoy for a few days and keeping our driving distances between them reasonably short.
What’s new on the blog? – During our time in Northern Territory we were hard pressed to keep up with our blog but since we left Jabiru and particularly while we’ve been camped by the creek in the more moderate weather at Clem Walton Park we’ve managed to catch up. Posts since Jabiru include:
- Tough Country about our time in Judbarra (Gregory) NP,
- A Nice Surprise covers our brief visit to Litchfield NP,
- Edith Falls or Leliyn in Nitmiluk NP is An Old Favourite,
- The amazing Cobourg Peninsula (Garig Gunak Barlu NP) is The Land and Deep Water of the Garig Peoples,
- The Time of Mahbilil is when we visited Kakadu NP,
- Fiery Billabong relates Paul’s experience by the side of Sandy Billabong in Kakadu NP and
- All Change takes us on our journey from Mataranka to Mt Isa.
There are photos in the posts but if you visit our Northern Territory Photo Gallery you’ll find those plus some extras.