Monday night was a starry, starry night, so we spent a fair bit of time outside checking out the Milky Way, Orion’s Belt, The Saucepan and all the other constellations we learnt about in primary school.
The downside of a clear and starry night is that it inevitably leads to a freezing cold night – which it did. So it was back to the doona on the bed.
After a comfortable night in the fiver we eventually got up and organised and hit the road reasonably early (for us).
First stop was the Ngiyali Roadhouse in Fitzroy Crossing for fuel, then a visit to the Fitzroy Crossing Visitor Info Centre, which we found to be surprisingly interesting. Then back to the van for a cup of coffee.
We then headed back to the Great Northern Highway for another planned stop at the Ngumpan Cliff Lookout Rest Area. After a minor diversion off-road we got to the lookout to find that it was closed for roadworks. We later heard that the rest area was going to be re-bituminized, and it will be fantastic when finished with great views (if not a bit exposed).
Final stop for the day was the Mary’s Pool Rest Area where we settled down for the night. Fortunately we got there quite early so we had our choice of sites and were able to secure a site facing the right way, in the sun (ie to charge the solar panel) and level. As this was a short driving day, we had plenty of time to walk around and explore the area, and then relax with our books. The weather was fantastic, in the high 20s.
Mary’s Pool is almost perfect for free camping and we will certainly stay here again if we are back in this neck of the woods.