It’s Lonesome Away from the Kinfolk and All

Rose to a rather pleasant morning, a little wind but an ascending sun in a cloudy sky. As we cooked breakfast our travelling companions let us know that they had decided to head back south today (we knew this was going to happen just not sure when) so with a heavy heart we parted ways at the Stuart Highway turnoff – they headed back toward Coober Pedy while we turned north toward Marla. We have our Cross Border permit to head into the Northern Territory tomorrow so we decided on a short day, grab a shower and do some laundry. So we camped at the Marla Caravan Park (on the traditional lands of the Antakarinja people) which was an experience in its self. Power poles not working, find yourself a spot and cram yourself in. The showers were very clean with plenty of hot water so can’t complain to much.

Morning light over the Breakaways

Our mobile phone service using Belong has been pretty shabby this trip. We have used them on previous trips with no problems but now it appears we are effectively barred from parts of the Telstra Network which meant no service at Leigh Creek, Copley, Kingoonya, Glendambo and Marla. At this time with the need to keep up with what is happening in the COVID world and the ability to lodge permit applications and receive emails relating to them severely hampered we’re never sure when we will have service again. Hope the NT Police don’t expect us to have service. I’m thinking there will be a fair bit of correspondence between us, Belong, the Telecommunications Ombudsman and the ACCC. NOT HAPPY JAN!

Broome At Last

Arrived in Broome around nine thirty and headed straight for fuel (Turtle was running on empty for the last 40 kms). Restocked we went to the Information Centre to organise our trips etcetera. This was just as well as we got the last four tickets for our town tour to be done on Friday. Jenny and Debbie booked in for the camel rides this afternoon at three so we went to our caravan park (Taurangau Caravan Park in Cable Beach) and set ourselves up before heading out to Cable beach to wait for the camel rides. Bob and I provided the moral support. Half an hour later the rides all over and we headed up the sand to have a cold drink before heading back to camp.

Getting to know you

Its Curtains at Curtin Springs

We had discovered that we couldn’t get into the campground at Yulara (Uluru) so we decided to set up camp at Curtin Spring Station which is 101 kms from Uluru. We got into camp at around 1.00 pm so had a restful afternoon. The wind died down today so we had a great run into the Curtin Springs, back to our usual fuel economy. We intend heading into Uluru tomorrow so that Debbie gets her first taste of the Rock.