Outback by the Sea

Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
Trip End Apr 22, 2011

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Sunset Caravan Park

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday 2nd December 2010

We got up at leisure as we only have a short drive today to the coastal town of Karumba. The journey up was through some really barren landscape, with cattle hugging water and food troughs as there was no grass of any description around.  Ok it only took us an hour to get to Karumba and we headed straight for the town to have a look round.  Karumba use to be a fuelling station for airships coming from Britain to Australia, stopping here to fill up before flying on to Sydney.  The town is now famous for its Trawlers that bring in the freshest prawns from the Arafura Sea, Barramundi, fishing trips and sunsets.  The town is situated at the mouth of the River Norman and the Gulf of Carpentaria sea, giving them the best of both worlds.

Distance                               70km
Accommodation                     $29
Weather                                Cloudy 34 degrees

We booked into the Sunset Caravan park and set up the van, I wanted to stitch the mozzie nets together and add some elastic so it would be easier to put them up every time.  Gary sat outside and read his book.  The campsite was right on the water's edge and the sea breeze was lovely, cooled everything down to about 36 degrees.  Gary went to check out the toilet block and came back with tales of frog and toads living behind the toilet systems, under the toilet seats and in one case in the toilet itself. 

The town as I said is known for its sunsets so as it is Gary’s birthday tomorrow we thought we would have a meal in the pub and then watch the sunset....very romantic.  So we set out today to go and inspect the local boozer and check out the cost of the food, to do this we needed to go in the pub and just have one quick one.....purely for reconnaissance purposes only.

The sunset was amazing, we had gone back to the van to make dinner and I nearly forgot about the sunset, luckily I looked out the window just as it was going down.  So I grabbed the camera and ran across the road to the park by the beach.  The colours were incredible, the sun set and the sky lit up beautifully but I was rudely interrupted by mosquitoes getting nibberly on my legs and arms and had to run back to the van to get some repellent.  The sky continued the redden making it look like the whole horizon was on fire.....the best sunset I have ever seen.

Friday 3rd December 2010

Today is Gary’s Birthday, we have decided no gifts this year as we don’t need anything and we have no room in the van.  We had a lazy morning and then went for swim in the pool to cool off.  We sat and read for a while, enjoying the shade around the pool.  It was the first day of the second test in cricket and Gary tried to get it on the TV but couldn’t so got the early updates on the BBC website while reading his book outside under the awnings.

It was very hot and Gary was missing watching the cricket so we packed up and went down the pub early to get a drink or two.   We watched the cricket and then ordered dinner, steak for Gary and Barramundi for me.  The food came up huge and was very delicious, we struggled through in and then chanced our luck on the pokies.  Not sure what all the fuss is about we put a dollar in and although it lasted for ages there was no real skill involved just pressing a button.....no big win for us.

It was time for the sun to set so we wandered outside to get a front row seat.  The sky was clear and big yellow sun sank slowly into the sea.  With no clouds the after effects of the sunset were not as impressive as the night before but it was still spectacular.   We walked back to the campsite and settled down to watch TV. Gary spent the evening reading all this birthday messages on Facebook, he was very popular.
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