Borroloola to Wave Hill

Monday, Jun 05, 2017 at 06:06

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5 June 2017
We had to wait until about 9am until the shop opened before we left for our next stage of the journey so we visited a couple of places around town. One was the hill with three flags flying and a memorial nearby to a stockman. No one in town really knew what the flags were for other than a service was performed there on Anzac Day.

4 June 2017
i didn't get a good nights sleep as someone was having a party with loud music until about 12:45am.
Got some more supplies and re-fuelled in town before heading down the Victoria Highway.
Kept going until the Buntine Highway, then to Top Springs. This was a roadhouse and hotel, where we had some lunch. It was blacktop all the way here, and until Kalkarinji (Wave Hill). All quiet due to it being a Sunday and all.
Nearby was where Gough Whitlam handed back part of Wave Hill Station to the Gurindji People - Got some accomodation in town. There's a few more things to see here so will try and post another update later. Will head into the Tanami Desert tomorrow - this trip can't be all beer and skittles.

3 June 2017
Packed up camp and went to the other side of the campground to visit the grave of John Urquhart, then back to the bar to see the old police station ruins and the memorial to Leichhardt.
After that we head west to the Stuart Highway along the Roper Highway, before stopping for something to eat at Mataranka.
Up to Katherine the we grabbed a chopper and flew over Katherine Gorge before camping at a local caravan park.

2 June 2017
Had some leftover custard and chocolate cake for breakfast then re-fueled.
Took off down the Carpentaria Highway a bit then the shortcut to Limmen National Park. This short cut was the roughest road for the day, a bit rocky and bumpy here and there but no sweat.
Went into Southern Lost City. Quite nice rock formations there.
Tried to find an old track with a ford to cross the river to see Leichhardts Four Archers but could not, so had to suffice with a view from the distance.
Ended up in the camp area adjacent to Roper Bar. There were a number of campsites just prior to the bar; they were very busy - fishing seems to be a popular pastime around here.

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