Saturday 27th July 2002
After picking up some items to help make our trip more enjoyable, we headed towards our next stop, Camooweal.
After being on a very good, wide
bitumen road, we came onto the section I remembered from my last trip,
where the road narrowed markedly for a period of time and then widened
again, then narrowed again and so on. Then it totally narrowed, not long
before we came up behind a Low Loader with a very large dozer on board.
Ray and Coral had gone
ahead of us and we met them again in Camooweal.
It was great to drive on. It was straight, well and truly wide enough and smooth.
The scenery had changed from hilly and timbered, to totally flat
and nearly treeless as far as the eye could see. The grass met the sky at the horizon giving
the impression that the land ahead went on forever.
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I joined the pictures with the "panorama" facility to try to give you
some sort of perspective.
The left of the picture shows the road out of the rest area,
west, to Barkly Homestead Roadhouse.
|I did the same as explained above here, to
try to capture the
whole of the Avon Downs Police Station.
|I assume this is the
A communications tower that connects the officers to "civilization" can be seen in the background.
This is the Avon Downs Police Station itself, like a cool oasis.
|Judy checked the trailer while we
were stopped at the shelter provided across the road from the Avon
Downs Police Station.
We had lunch under the shelter and were able to use the water provided in a large cement tank to clean up. The water must have been fed from the station as no windmill was in sight. It was a welcome break from the heat.
|We had travelled since Mt Isa
and needed to find a camp spot for the night.
The NT government
has provided rest areas along the Barkly Highway. We pulled in at
one, 41km East of Barkly Homestead Roadhouse.
|One of the other travellers who
camped near us, with the water supply windmill in the background.
The water pumped from underground and stored in the concrete tank enabled us to wash the grime and dust off.
|The view towards the highway from our tent.
|Judy brushed off one of the unwanted
visitors, a fly, as she kept an eye on Chippy, her Corgi.
Chippy loved visiting the neighbouring campers. Most enjoyed his company but as others weren't as impressed, we tried to keep him around us.
|The view away from the highway,
looking to the North East where campers
without "facilities" made their way out of sight of other campers to carry
out their nature needs.
And that is one long walk as it is so flat and bare, no hills to go behind!
But Judy says that between the dogs and the flies, you weren't lonely!
|The sun set over the Barkly Tableland on Day 8 of our trip.
|I took a photo of this White Ant
nest as a comparison to future nests we thought we would see.
This one was a very brown colour. Others we had already seen were more of a greyish colour, whereas around Litchfield National Park we were to see huge white, sandy nests which made this one look pathetic.
|On the run across the Barkly
Tableland I was struck by the beauty of
these trees. The silvery/white trunk and dark green foliage made them stand out
from the surrounding landscape. From my research, I gather they are called
Ghost Gums ( Eucalyptus papuana ).
In the background is a Microwave Tower carrying communications to the outback and beyond.
Thoughts went through my head about how this type of tree had been around for thousands of years, before modern man erected his tools for survival in the outback along side them.
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