Lava tubes and a man with a chicken on his head
Trip Start May 01, 2010
12Trip End Jul 11, 2010
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On our way south we stopped into the hot springs in Mataranka which were warmer than Katherine and then purely by chance stopped over night in Daly Waters at the pub. Daly waters is actually quite famous for a number of reasons not just that Qantas used to land there to refuel when they flew to London from Sydney but also for the pub which the girls leave their underwear at and the evening entertainment outback style with the singer with a chicken on his head (Wedge tailed Eagle)
The drive on from Daly Waters south to three ways Alice / Katherine / Mount Isa and onto Mount Isa was pretty much the same with the terrain being pretty featureless, at one point I could see 20km behind and another 15km ahead as the road was dead straight. We only stopped in Mount Isa to refuel and got hold of the cheapest fuel of the trip 1.29c with a 10c reduction at Coles to 1.19c per litre, most expensive being the Imnijit store on the Gibb at 1.95.
Unfortunately we decided to take a miss on the dinosaur quarry at Winton and instead take a look at the lava tubes in Undarra which is north of Townsville. Unfortunately because we ended up driving a development road, (road trains come first and you move off the single lane tar for them) and during the roadworks an idiot passed us and showered the side of the car with gravel and smashed the rear cargo area window, fortunately the tinting held it together long enough for me to gaffer tape the whole window
Undarra is meant to have the largest number of lava tubes in the world and are absolutely amazing, if you ever get to this part of the world make sure you visit and if possible do the extende day visit, check out the photos to see what I mean.
Leaving Undarra we headed onto Port Douglas via the Atherton table top area and for the first time in 2 months we got cold, yes it was freezing and more like NZ in the winter, the fields were really green and there were even dairy cows!
So this is the penultimate blog, our last one will be from home and I guess will cover Port Douglas and the long drive home all 2663k of it.