Monday 29th July 2002
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.
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.
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
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
|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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