Day 10

Monday 29th July 2002


  • Left Tennant Creek

  • The Three Ways Roadhouse

  • Elliott

  • Camped overnight at Daly Waters Hi-Way Inn & Caravan Park


After leaving the Tennant Creek Caravan Park, we headed north up the Stuart Highway. We passed the junction of the Barkly and Stuart highways and the Three Ways service station and continued on along the very straight stretch of brilliant highway. The scenery changed very slowly.

As we had a limited amount of time, we didn't stop at the spots on the tourist map that showed the local "points of interest". The small towns such as Elliott and Dunmarra were noted as we drove through.

We picked the
Daly Waters Hi-Way Inn & Caravan Park to stay at overnight because the next logical stop, Mataranka, was another 170km further on. It was already around mid afternoon so we decided to stop and set up camp.
It turned out to be a really pleasant spot and had no problem allowing dogs.
It had just been taken over by a family from
New Zealand and they were in the process of repairing and updating the amenities.

Being from New Zealand, Ray and Coral had a great chat with the owners.

Even though the drive along the highway was basically very boring, I found the plant life very interesting. It was hard to see how anything could survive in such a harsh environment but remembered it was Winter, the time of year when the area had little if any rain.
In past
Summers, I had seen on weather maps, many tropical depressions or cyclones cross the area and dump huge quantities of rain, so I assumed what plant life did survive, was adapted to the extreme conditions of heat, humidity, wet and dry.

Driving at the speed you need to travel to cover the great distances, the scenery begins to look the same, just a blur of low trees, bushes and grasslands on ridges and in shallow valleys. Other areas have a very similar look to the landscape of Mars.

When you stop and take a closer look, you see what is a beautiful landscape in it's own way. Because of the habit of burning off after the "wet", a lot of the area is black and bare with reddish rocks. Dotted here and there though is new life forcing it's way upwards, producing green areas blending with the reds, browns, oranges and black.

Below are just a few pictures of the plant life. If I had have had more more time and a macro lens, I would have captured a lot more of the variety of plant life.

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Typical scenery. This was to be replicated many times for many kilometres

Residences at Elliott.

By this time we had been driving for around 3 hours since leaving Tennant Creek

A colourful shrub which took my eye. I assumed it was some form of Acacia.

(I contacted the Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment to identify this plant and was told it is a form of Acacia)

A close-up of the above Acacia.
Looking out to the North West as we drove North on the Stuart Highway
A zoom shot of the above spot
Further along, looking South West. The scenery changes very little for many kilometres
One of the views to the South East as we drove North on the Stuart Highway showing the bareness after burning off
A view to the East as we drove North on the Stuart Highway showing the burnt off areas which were very prevalent
A series of shots of a fascinating tree I noticed, which broke the monotony of the flat sameness

(I contacted the Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment to identify this plant and was told it is a form of Grevillea)

The surrounding area to the south east of our stopover for the night, Daly Waters Hi-Way Inn & Caravan Park
Unpacking AGAIN!
Judy going through the motions of unpacking once more and carrying on for the camera in her usual happy way
Ray and Coral begin their process of setting up camp.
Ray and Coral took the opportunity to drive the short distance to Daly Waters to see the sights, one of which is the Daly Waters Pub


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