Monday, April 25, 2011

Thursday 21.04.11 Darwin - Katherine - 5km north of Attack Creek

Paul had been flat out over the last week with doing some final preparations - servicing the car, installing the new 130W solar panel and ARB air compressor, and removing the fridge slide from the back of the canopy, as well as mowing the lawn so it didn't look quite so neglected while we were away.

In the mean time, Rachel was still working morning shifts starting from 6am, which left afternoons to get a few supplies in dribs and drabs, rather than one enormous shop, and sorting out the clothing requirements.

We made a late decision not to head for Katherine on Wednesday afternoon so we didn't feel quite so rushed. We set the alarm for 5am Thursday morning, and were able to get away at 6.40am, making it to Katherine by about 10am for a second breakfast at Paul's Dad's place. We topped up the fuel, then continued south, having a late lunch at Elliot Roadhouse. We had enough supplies for our own catering, but the lure of barra burgers proved too much.

Our final destination for Thursday was meant to be Banka Banka Station, however, 5km from there was a sign saying it was closed, so we had to push on. We went down the Old Stuart Highway detour where there was a bit of a range and views across the plains, providing some good sunset and/or sunrise photos. We found a gorgeous spot right on sunset where a telecoms repeater station was located about 70km north of Tennant Creek, so hopefully we don't die from cancer as a consequence of spending the night under it!

Here are a couple of photos of the views from this place, one at sunset and one at sunrise. Pretty ordinary place, eh? And it was FREE!

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