Day 56 – R & R at Bitter Springs, Mataranka

There’s not really any other way to say this, but today we did bugger all!

We woke to thousands of birds singing, clear blue skies, sunshine and very little wind.

After mucking around for a while we both decided we should do something.  Ann did some washing and hung it when Bertha told us the temperature was 29 degrees.  I did a few chores including give Bertha a rub down so she looks more white than red.

This is a really peaceful place and everyone is friendly.  We have made friends with our next door neighbor.  Jack is an older gentleman travelling on his own and is up here from Victoria for three months.  He has been coming here for many years to escape Victoria’s winter.  He always has a tale to tell about camping 50 years ago, or places we should see, or places not to bother seeing.  We have a chat with Jack several times each day.

We wish we had found this place earlier, as we would like to have stayed longer, but Ann has actually been able to make a booking for us in Darwin which fits in with other arrangements we had already made.  Not only did we not plan for the V8 Supercars in Darwin, we also totally forgot about school holidays.  This Coddiwompling has something to answer for I can tell you!

This afternoon we went for a lovely walk down to the Bitter Springs Thermal Pools.  The first thing we found out is that they’re not actually thermal pools at all, but we won’t bore you with the details.  The water here is amazingly clear, and has something of a blue tinge to it.

Views along the road to Bitter Springs

Walking into the Bitter Springs Thermal Pool area

Welcome to Bitter Springs thermal pool

Not the sign you want to see near a popular pool like Bitter Springs. Doesn’t stop people swimming though!

Bitter Springs is a very popular spot and although we did think about going for a swim/float down the river, there were way too many people in the water and on the banks that we didn’t think it would be all that enjoyable.  This, we think, is an experience to be had in a more solitary mode.  A couple of busloads of people arrived and that was it – time to head back to the caravan park.

Walking past the caravan park kiosk we splurged a few dollars on Barney Banana ice-creams and thoroughly enjoyed them sitting in the dappled shade next to Bertha. Another chat with Jack and it was off to the camp kitchen for me to cook tonight’s lamb steaks (PK – they were from Burra).

This place is definitely on our list when we head back south from Darwin in a few weeks.  No school holidays then and the weather will be a little warmer (hopefully) so our swimmers may make an appearance – but don’t expect any photos.

Still living the dream!

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