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  • Day27

    Devil's Marbles to Bitter Springs

    July 13, 2017 in Australia

    Roy, Finn and Meg checked out dawn at Devil's Marbles before we packed up early and set off for a huge day in the car. Eight hours later (including a lunch stop) we arrived at Bitter Springs and a very warm 32 degrees!
    Along the way we enjoyed more of the bright green landscape from yesterday and the termite mounds increased in size and number (many dressed in clothes and hats...). There were some really lush green spots like Gilmore Swamp and beautiful Ghost Gums dotted the sides of the highway. The green on some of the trees up here is so light and bright it seems almost surreal! We stopped at the iconic Daly Waters Pub for a Barra Burger and beer for lunch and the kids met up with Mo the parrot (another traveller's pet). We arrived at Bitter Springs just after 4pm - enough time to set up and then walk the few hundred metres down the road for our first float down the Spring. Amazing water - crystal clear and warm (34 degrees!) and it flows so you hop in at one end, float downstream and then walk back and repeat! The water's deep and the path was rocky so we made note to return the next day with pool noodles (hired from the caravan park) and to hook our thongs/crocs onto them as we floated downstream so we could easily traverse the return path!Read more

  • Day29

    Bitter Springs

    July 15, 2017 in Australia

    We stopped for 3 relaxing nights at Bitter Springs and thoroughly enjoyed our numerous "laps" of the Springs which were a short walk from the shady caravan park - actually, the perfect distance to walk back after a dip and still be slightly damp and cool by the time we reached the van! We soon acclimatised to the warmer day time temperatures (about 32 degrees) and enjoyed the nights dropping down to about 14 degrees.
    The Springs were truly amazing - crystal clear and a constant 34 degrees (slightly warmer in the middle of the day) with enough flow to hop in and float down stream with minimal effort. With masks/snorkels and goggles it was the perfect combination of pool + movement to keep the kids entertained for hours on end!
    Roy and the kids attempted a spot of fishing in the nearby river after spotting an impressive Barramundi caught by one of the long term residents...seems it takes slightly more experience (and dry cat food as bait!) to catch a big one! In the end we decided to head 2km up the road for the free Barramundi fish feeding sessions (held daily at 9.30 and 1) and the kids each got a turn to feed the super-size specimens a pilchard!
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  • Day249

    Bitter Springs

    May 3, 2017 in Australia

    Dann ging es weiter. Unser nächster Stop war diese wunderschöne warme Quelle, die in einen Fluss führt. Obwohl vor Krokodilen gewarnt wurde, sind wir alle ins Wasser gegangen. Es sind Süß Wasser Krokodil, die nur aggressiv werden wenn man ihre Nester geht. Ein bisschen mulmig war mir trotzdem zumute, vor allem wenn das Wasser sehr schwarz wurde oder ich gegen ein Stein oder einen Baumstamm geschwommen bin.Read more

  • Day246

    Mataranka, AUS

    May 3, 2017 in Australia

    Endlichhhhh bekamen wir den (langersehnten) Anruf von der Werkstatt, dass unser Auto startklar ist. Schnell hasteten wir zur Werkstatt und fuhren direkt wieder ins Outback. Die Kosten haben sich mit ca. 80 Euro echt im Rahmen gehalten 😊 (Gott sei Dank!). Da sind uns die zwei Nächte im Hotel teurer gekommen!

    Am nächsten Tag haben wir dann wieder weiter Australien entdeckt und fuhren zu den Bitter Springs. Es handelt sich dabei um eine heiße Quelle hinter der sich ein wunderschöner Fluss gebildet hat. Das Wasser war glasklar. Wir packten schnell unsere Schnorchelausrüstung aus und ließen uns den Fluss abwärts treiben. So eine schöne Süßwasser-Unterwasserwelt haben wir noch nie gesehen 😊. Wir haben sogar Schildkröten entdeckt (bestimmt 10!). Das Erlebnis nach einer solch langweiligen Woche tat echt gut 😊.

    Wir sind wieder happy on the road 😀
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  • Day13

    Mataranka

    October 14, 2016 in Australia

    Im Elsey Nationalpark baden wir in Matarankas warmen Thermalquellen.
    Kristallklares Wasser zwischen Palmen und tropischer Vegetation.
    Wir sind jedoch nicht die einzigen, die hier abhängen.
    In den Palmen schlafen am Tage ca. 200 000 Little Red Flying-Foxes.
    Nachts fliegen sie über 20 km weit, um sich den Nektar und die Pollen
    von Eukalyptusbäumen zu holen.
    Wir sind total beeindruckt.

  • Day177

    Mataranka

    June 2, 2017 in Australia

    Had a fantastic 4 nights at Bitter Springs Campground. It was an easy walk from the campground to Bitter Springs where we spent most morning and afternoons floating down the river in our pool hammocks.

    We also frequented Mataranka Springs which was a short 7km drive. Mataranka Springs have been concreted around the sides and has no weeds, lillies and logs etc which some preferred.

    Temperature 17-29°
    Diesel $1.39
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  • Day78

    Mataranka

    July 14, 2017 in Australia

    14/7
    This morning we went fishing again. While we were fishing we saw a croc and dad caught an egret.
    The road out was quite rough. We missed the turn off to the petrol station and shop at Roper Bar. When we found the shop we got petrol and a fishing ruler.
    We arrived in Mataranka and we camped with the Hearns at Little Roper Stockcamp. After we set up Ben and Michelle went shopping and Molly and Bronte stayed behind. We taught Molly and Bronte how to play spoons (to play spoons you need at least 3 people and 2 spoons, you always need one less spoon then the amount of players. You can have as many players as you want. The object of the game is to get 4 of the same number and if you see someone else take a spoon you can take a one. No one wins, you can only lose. You lose by being the only person without a spoon. You can play with other things, pencils, tongues etc.)Read more

  • Day79

    Bitter Springs

    July 15, 2017 in Australia

    15/7
    This morning we went over to the chickens that they keep in a pen. We were allowed to go into the pen and pick them up. We had a lot of fun picking the chickens up. After a while the parents called us back to do some school work. We did our school then played cards till lunch.
    After lunch we drove to Bitter Springs. It was warmish. We floated down and the water was so clear. The flow was quite strong and when we got to a log it push us really hard up against it. We sent the little camera down on one boogie boards while it was videoing, and Ben had to swim after it. We floated down a few time then Molly, Bronte, Ben and I found a log that was slippery and we slid down it.
    We got back from Bitter Springs and we played round for a bit. We had a communal Mexican Tea. After, we played spoons with 8 people and it was very crazy and violent.
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  • Day71

    The Big Blog

    July 7, 2017 in Australia

    The Big Blog

    On Saturday dad got up early to go fishing and we seized it as a opportunity to do some stuff for his birthday. When he got back I thought we had better stow these away hastily or he’ll see it but we convinced him not to look at our stuff.
    We set off for the beach on the Gulf of Carpentaria shortly after that with lunch packed and lots of water so we could do some fishing and have a paddle in the water. We didn't swim because there was crocodiles there. Erin and I first started by playing naughts and crosses then we made an interesting figure lying down on the sand. Erin and I then made a big river system (it wasn't that big) to form an island.
    When we got back to camp we went fishing in the boat again. This time Erin came as well. We went back to the corner we were in last time and dropped the bait in and suddenly Erin was on. When she got it in the boat we realised it was different to the type we were catching yesterday.
    On Sunday we left Secret Fishing Spot and went back to Alaska Pools for a quick dip and then back to the homestead for us. We got back and just relaxed for the rest of the day.
    On Monday was dad’s birthday so he got to decide what we would do. He decided that we will go to Nanny’s Reatreat and Fern Gully.
    We had got him some little brownies for dessert after eating a meal under the stars as they call it. We needed to get them cooked without him noticing so it would be a surprise.
    We arrived at Fern Gully first and it was a sort walk in up a gully which then opened out into a big pool. Some people had said that the pool was really cold except after living in Tasmania for 9 years nothing is cold. We didn't stay in for long because we still needed to drive and walk into Nanny’s Retreat.
    When we got there we needed to pack our lunch and then walk in for about an hour and then we'll be there. It was brilliantly spectacular, there was a little canyon you could swim up (it wasn't very long) that was quite deep and the water was as clear as day so it was really good for snorkelling.
    Dad went up a rocky hill to go to the toilet and when he came back he said “I've found a cave but we’ll have lunch first.”
    We went up and found the cave that he was talking about after lunch. We had to wade in through icy water or climb through a small hole that was up high and hard to get to. We all took the easy but cold option that opened out into the cave that had a few bats in it. On the other side of it I found an opening which led out into a rainforest except there was no path so we didn't do any further exploring there we just climbed over a rock and did some rock hopping.
    On Tuesday we just relaxed and in the afternoon dad and Erin went to Flying Fox Billabong while mum and I stayed home and she taught me how to cook chilli con carne.
    On Wednesday we drove to Fossil Fern. It was quite hard to find because it was facing in the opposite direction that you are walking. We then went to Wildfire George which had a short walk in then there was a massive cliff which you jump off into the pool at the bottom of it. We did some snorkelling around and there was lots of Dragon Weed and one clump looked like a city.
    On Thursday we were finally going to leave Lorella Springs. I was very disappointed because I was having a great time there because of all the fishing and swimming and it was just excellently, fabulously BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!
    A few kilometres out of Lorella there was another lost city (I'm not sure if I've told you about one already but anyway) and we did a walk around and in it. Although the walk was hot it was still good.
    We then went to Butterfly Springs for lunch and a swim in the spring which was refreshing. We went on to Towns River for the night. We had met a family called the Hearns at Lorella and camped with them. Their names are Molly and Bronte who were Ben and Michelle’s daughters. We made damper for dessert and had a little fish in the river.
    On Friday we got up early to have a little fish before we had to leave. I was having no luck with a popper so I decided to try a little one hooked laser for the baitfish near the spot where we were fishing. I still had no luck so went and got a bit of bread from the camper, put it on the hook and dropped it in. The fish took the bread so I put some more on and dropped it in and they took it again. I tried twice more until on the fifth go I finally got one. It was very small but well worth the effort.
    That night we stayed at Little Roper Stock camp in Mataranka Springs. We taught Molly and Bronte how to play spoons which is a game where there's one less spoon than people and you get dealt four cards. The dealer looks at the top card of the remaining cards and if he/she wants it they pick it up and swap it for one of the cards in their hand. If they don't want it they pass it to the next person without them seeing what the card is. The aim of the game is to get four of the same number or court card and once you've got them you grab a spoon and just keep playing trying to stifle your laughs as the other people keep trying to find there right cards. If you see that a spoon is gone you can just grab another one of the spoons.
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