We have just got back from a fabulous night out at the Daly Waters Pub, in Daly Waters, NT. Actually, we’ve been longer at the pub than it took us to get here from Katherine!
This morning was coolish, but soon heated up, so we got going reasonably early.
Morning tea was at Mataranka. We pulled over and had a bit of a wander through town before returning to the van for coffee and cake. Among other things Mataranka is popular for its world’s biggest termite mound!
Speaking of which, there were plenty of termite mounds, or ant hills – we’re not sure which is which or if there is any difference – along the road today. Once again they are of all sorts of different styles, heights and sizes, but interestingly every kilometre or so we would come across an ant hill wearing a hat, or sunglasses, or a t-shirt, or some other article of clothing. Some ant hills even had arms. No idea who did this but it adds to the adventure anyway!
We arrived at the Daly Waters Historic Pub for a late lunch. Check in for the caravan park is at the pub, at a very reasonable $12 per person per night for a powered site, no water though, and we were escorted to our site. Amenities are clearly not to everyone’s taste and we will probably shower in the caravan tomorrow!
The big feature here is the beef and barramundi dinner, again at a very reasonable cost. We chose the 6 o’clock sitting, partly because from experience everything is a lot fresher earlier in the night.
After setting up the fiver, we went for a quick walk around town – and it is quick because apart from the pub there is basically a service station and gift shop with a helicopter on the roof, a museum and an artist’s gallery. We inspected the museum which included a lot of historical aviations photos, and spent quite a bit of time chatting to Kevin Rogers, the Daly Waters artist in residence. He has some amazing artwork and photos!
As the temperature was somewhere in the high 30s, we headed off to the pub for Happy Hour in the shaded beer garden starting at 4.30 pm – they like a drink or two in the NT and start early.
There was live entertainment from 4.30 pm and it was all fantastic. First up was Col who was an acoustic country singer with some covers and originals and some great jokes. He was followed at 6.00 pm by Steve Still Rocking who did more rock and roll type material from the 50s, 60s and 70s and had the crowd singing along and dancing. Did I mention that most of the crowd were baby boomers/grey nomads like us?
The barramundi dinner was delicious!
The main act at 7.30 pm was “Chilli” and he was amazing. Great banter and jokes, plus original songs accompanied by a power point show that had you laughing one minute and almost crying the next.
Finally, after 5 hours at the pub it was back to the fiver for coffee and a big sleep before tomorrow’s adventures.