Last night was quite different to previous nights as there was no cooling breeze to off-set the heat. It made getting up early just that bit easier, and we were fully packed up and on our way by 8.30 am.
Leaving Lake Argyle we again marveled at the spectacular scenery, especially as we made our way back to the Victoria Highway.
Back on the highway it was only a relatively short distance to the WA/NT Border. It was totally underwhelming! Whereas all traffic going into WA was stopped and searched by quarantine people, apart from having to slow down to 80 kph, we just kept driving into NT although we did stop for a photo opportunity. Although the roads aren’t wonderful and are quite narrow and winding, the speed limit in NT is 130 kph! Crazy!
Our first morning break was at Saddle Creek Rest Area, which had been recommended to us by fellow travellers at Lake Argyle. We would definitely stay here. We also had a quick look at the East Baines River Rest Area which was also recommended and it looked very suitable for free camping as well.
The scenery in NT is spectacular but has changed from what we had become used to in WA. For a start, the mountains seemed to be formed differently and the rocks appear to be quite different. Plus there is what seems to be “normal” grassland which would seem to be suitable for grazing, and we did see some large herds of cattle. As in WA, there are also signs of huge burning off which usually seems to promote new green growth. Ant hills (or maybe termite mounds) are everywhere, as are those peculiar looking boab trees.
Our final destination for the day was Timber Creek, which is only a small place but has two servos and two caravan parks, plus a few assorted shops. As we are close to the Victoria River, the caravan park is green and tropical. There is even a swimming pool here, although there are also crocodiles around so we don’t think we’ll be going anywhere near the water despite the 30+ degree heat
We have spent the afternoon under the awning with a cool drink and a good book, still wondering what the time is. It’s tough being a traveller sometimes!
Tomorrow we will be heading North East towards Katherine, and may, again, be out of phone and internet contact.
Wait till you get further into NT, they drive like there is no tomorrow, they pass you on double lines, around corners and over hills, so be prepared. Thanks for the early posts, this grey nomad can retire early tonight. Keep on enjoying the adventure.