Mudgee to Darwin Day 17 Ti Tree to Daly Waters

Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 14:00

Member - Lisa & Peter (NSW)

Mudgee to Darwin Day 17 Ti Tree to Daly Waters

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A big day of driving today, over 700km, we left the campsite by 8am, stopped for a coffee at Barrow Creek, hoping for brekkie there but the cook was absent, maybe for the best..

We had a nice breakfast at Wycliffe Well, famous for being the UFO capital of Australia, plenty of newspaper articles and pictures adorn the internal walls of the roadhouse, and the outside is splendidly decorated. The owner had a pet 9 day old emu chick, which I held for a while. Some locals were in the store as well, with a gorgeous toddler who was fascinated by the emu chick. emus are rarely seen in the area, as it is too dry for them (according to the owner) but he likes to breed some each year, which wander at will and come back for a feed each day. Sadly they don't thrive and he gradually loses them to dingoes or road accidents.

We stopped at the Devils Marbles for a look, quite an amazing area, there are acres and acres of "marbles" bigger than a caravan scattered around.

We pushed on to Tennant Creek, lots of very straight roads and sweeping plains. We amused ourselves playing "guess that song or singer" with some old music on the IPod, and I read out loud a bit from our book of Aussie folklore. We got fuel at Tennant Creek and headed on to Elliott. Peter finally decided he had enough of driving for the day, had a quick drink at the Elliott hotel and I drove the last 200 km or so to Daly Waters. If you ever have the chance, go there! We were amazed, there would have been 200 vans, campertrailers or tents set up there, in the paddock next to the pub, all neatly lined up in rows. We booked in at the pub, and also ordered barra and beef for dinner. It was late when we got in, we thought we might not fit, but we were shown to a spot between two pristine white vans. We looked very disreputable parked there, with mud and dust all over, and very tiny by comparison to the big vans. Temp was 30 degrees as we arrived.

After a quick setup and a lovely shower, we headed over to the pub. What a fantastic place, it has won many awards. There was plenty of interesting decorations to look at, including a wall of bras and undies, many photos, trees of thongs (the footwear type) old number plates. The whole place seems very well run, when we paid for camping, they asked did we want dinner, said ok, we have one more place for 7.30pm beef and barra. The meals came out right on time and included fresh damper and salad bar. Delicious!

Meanwhile we were being entertained by a country singer, but at 7.30 the main act "chilli" came on and kept us laughing and crying by turns with his wonderful Australiana show. Plenty of bush poetry, original songs, jokes and stories. I made the mistake of getting up to go to the loo at one point, so he made some jokes at my expense, when I came out he told me I had bleep paper stuck to my foot! The crowd enjoyed it, and afterwards a number of other women commented that they were too terrified to get up after that.

We had a good nights sleep, nice and quiet, and most caravanners seem to turn in early.
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