Arrived at Katherine NT

Jenny and the hordes enjoying the warm waters of Mataranka Thermal Springs

Spent the last two nights at Mataranka enjoying the thermal pool. The place was packed, heaps of school kids and old farts! Had dinner at the Bistro and listened to the same old singer and his band as were there two years ago – I swear even his jokes were the same. We’re off to Gregory National Park NT today. We may camp in there for a night to check out a couple of gorges then onto Keep River National Park next to the West Australian border for two nights to view rock art and spectacular landscapes – photos to follow.

We caught up with the Coopers at Mataranka. They are travelling a lot slower than us and we will probably overtake them today even  though they left yesterday. They anticipated taking at least two nights to reach where we will reach today.

Telephone service has been intermittent so I can’t say when I’ll be able to update this next.

Meanwhile we’re having a ball with daytime temperatures now around 30 degrees with cool nights, perfect travelling weather

We’re at Katherine

Just arrived at Katherine after spending two days at Mataranka. We made excellent time to Mataranka a full two days ahead of when we were travelling with our normal companions. Enjoyed the hot pool at Mataranka even though there were heaps of noisy school kids there because of the school holidays. Weather has warmed up now to a pleasant 30 degrees during the day and cool nights. Caught up with the Coopers yesterday and they are slowly travelling in front of us. They left yesterday but we anticipate that we may overtake them today. We’re heading to Gregory National Park to check that out and then onto Keep River National Park which will fill in the next two nights before we head into Western Australia.

The vehicle is going well, with only one minor alteration (my fault I meant to do it before we left but forgot). We cruised at 100 kph on the way up but decided we will drop back to around the 85 kph now we are in holiday mode.

Don’t know when we will have service again, until then keep well.

And We’re Off

The RAAF Boab Quarry in The King Leopold Ranges, a free camp with ample space for big rigs, caravans, motorhomes and campers alike. Its accessed along a well maintained gravel road approximately 6 kilometres from the Highway 1 turn off. We camped there in 2014.

We left home at 6.00am and headed down to Macca’s for our normal once a year  breakfast. There were only the two of us, so we had ordered and eaten breakfast by 6.20am so we hit the road. Pouring rain until Loch then it backed off to intermittent rain until Melbourne. We topped fuel up at Calder Service centre then headed up the Calder Highway. We stopped for morning tea at Lockwood free camp before heading to Sea Lake for lunch. We refuelled at Ouyen and made Lock 9 Free Camp at around 4.00pm, so we were all setup and having a glass of wine by 4.30pm! No co travellers to share the drink though.