Mataranka to Darwin
04.07.2015 - 08.07.2015 30 °C
After a nice quiet rest last night we drove to the Mataranka Springs for a dip in the nice warm water there.
After our early morning swim we travelled into Mataranka to do a little shopping and bought lunch which we ate in the park.
On then to our rest stop for the night at Kings River Rest Area where we had a birthday party for Glen who turned 56.
This morning we travelled the short distance to Katherine where we all did quite a bit of shopping as this will be the last major stop before Darwin.
We filled water tanks and got fuel before a short run up to Edith Falls which is where we intended to stay for the night, however, the park was full.
Onwards then to Pine Creek were we drove through this very small town. Had a look at the old train kept here.
Then drove to the cheap park at the local race track. There were a large number of Gallahs here as well as a few Black Cockatoos.
After a nice quiet sleep last night, we travelled to Adelaide River and visited the War Cemetery there. All of the victims of the bombing of Darwin during World War 2 are interred here. It is very peaceful and well looked after.
We travelled to Litchfield National Park and had a look at the Magnetic termite mounds as well as a Cathederal mound.
Onwards to Wangi Falls and assumed we would be able to camp there for the night. We were mistaken as the place was absolutely packed so we had lunch then travelled back some 40km to a caravan park for the the night.
We said goodbye to George, Ron and Jo An. They are returning home via the east coast whilst we are going up to Darwin for a week then west.
We stopped at Berry Springs thermal pool for a swim.
We then drove on and turned off the Stuart Highway onto the road which goes into Kakadu National Park and set ourselves up in Beatrice Hill Rest Area near the Windows on the Wetlands. We are not due into Darwin till tomorrow.
The sunset tonight was quite spectacular.
This morning we drove up to The Window On The Wetlands to look at the displays etc there. It was a long drive from last nights Rest Area - 1 km.
After an hour or so there we drove to Darwin and booked into the caravan park we had arranged while in Alice Springs. After setting up we visited the Private Hospital to try and get Bobs injection for his neck arranged but it turned out to be far too difficult so decided to wait till we got home. We did some grocery shopping before returning to the van park for happy hour.