Devil's MarblesJuly 12, 2017 in Australia
We left Gem Tree just after 8 to make sure we arrived at the Devil's Marbles' campsite in time to get a spot. The 400km+ drive was broken up by a stop at Aileron to see the "Big" people (and goanna!) and listening to audio books in the car. The landscape was much greener than Roy and I remembered from our trip nearly 20 years ago. The recent rain really made the desert spring to life - there were blossoms on some of the trees and even hints of green in the grass on the roadside verges!
We passed Barrow Creek which looked like it had some historic buildings of interest and arrived at Devil's Marbles in the early afternoon to find a perfect spot with shade and a fire pit. Bargain camping at $7.70 for the whole family! It was much warmer here (about 26 degrees) so there was a few moans and groans from the kids about the heat but they soon got used to it. We explored the Marbles in the afternoon and then at sunset for some photo opportunities. Was a really pretty spot.
We'd warned the kids about the long drop toilets...and in the afternoon while there was a breeze they didn't seem to smell at all. As dusk arrived, the wind dropped and it was a completely different story! Super stinky and gag-worthy for Meg and Marley (and Jen!) - was a good experience to get the kids to understand the concept of "go to the toilet here because at the next stop it's drop loos"!Read more