Darwin Via the Gulf June/July 2013 "Day 12"

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 21:58

D-Max Dave

Darwin Via the Gulf June/July 2013 Day 1227/06/13

Headed off this morning after a good night sleep at Butterfly Springs, its pretty quiet there and very dark, good for sleeping.

We decided to make a little change to our itinerary, and now instead of staying at Roper Bar we decided to push on to Mataranka, the roads have been pretty good for the most so we have made good time.

This means we get to Darwin a day earlier and spend 4 nights instead of 3.

The road from butterfly springs to Roper Bar was pretty good, a little better than the road heading north up to Butterfly Springs, the scenery was pretty much the same , there where some very minor creek crossings.

We arrived at the Roper Bar General store at about 2pm and stopped to get some fuel and a snack, its a very interesting place, lots of cyclone fencing, car wrecks, and indigenous folk.

The fuel there was the most expensive we have seen at $2.20 per litre, needless to say we didn't fill up there, we did get some pies though.

We headed off toward the Stuart hwy and after about 40 kilometres the road became tar, that was the end of the dirt for us so we stopped, got out the compressor and pumped up the tyres.

It turns out that pumping up 6 tyres from 28psi to 40psi with a cheap compressor works Ok, but its a little slow, and boy does it get hot.

Overall our experience of the The Great Top Road across the Gulf was a good one, the roads varied from really good 100kph dirt to 40kph rocky corrugated crap, but they were mainly good to travel on, (you could probably even do it in a Prado with some luck. LOL ).

There were numerous creek crossing with just enough water in them to make it interesting, and we saw a lot of interesting scenery which was changing all the time.

We travelled through some interesting towns, some that I would visit again, and some that I would steer clear of, we stayed in some great camp sites, and saw others that we would love to try another time.

I think the highlights so far have to be Adels Grove, Lawn Hill Gorge, and Butterfly Springs.

Arriving at Mataranka we booked into Mataranka Cabins and camping, its closest to Bitter Springs, which I am told is the nicest of the thermal springs around here.

The camp grounds seem nice enough, we have a very shady spot, and the camp ground seems quiet.


Dave T
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