Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Thursday, June 17, 2010


JOURNEY: Erldunda, Mount Conner, Curtin Springs

WEATHER: 26 degrees mid afternoon, warm and sunny

We got into the spirit of the desert along the Lasseter Highway with the music of Midnight Oil blaring through our radio from the Ipod. "Beds Are Burning" and “The Dead Heart” from the “Diesel and Dust” album seemed so apt in this red desert.

The Lasseter Highway, 244 kms of sealed road links the Stuart Hwy with Uluru, the big rock in the desert and has little traffic on our journey this afternoon. Lasseter was a fanatical prospector and explorer who searched for the lost gold reef in this area all his life; never found it, either. We stopped a few times to admire the wild flowers roadside and muck around and stretch our legs; you have to travel a long way to get anywhere out here.

We took a break at the Mount Conner Lookout to admire the impressive mesa that juts out of the earth in the distance; apparently a lot of people think they are looking at Uluru as they catch sight of it. Mount Conner lies on the private land of the vast Curtin Springs Cattle station and can only be accessed from there on special tours.

We decided that after 44o kms today that we would pull into the free camp ground at Curtin Springs, very busy and not too dusty.

Being a temperate evening we pulled out the cooker and chairs and did dinner under the stars; the resident emus wandered about and we heard the story of the caged finches and other pretty birds- during the long years of drought the lady of the cattle station yearned for the sound of birds that were not crows or ravens so bought a pair of finches to cheer her up and her passion for rearing birds began. According to the shop attendant the Severin family came here in 1956 with a young baby and a herd of cattle and had only a bough roof as shelter. Through years of drought and flooding rain they have built up their station, as well as tourist accommodation and facilities to tide them over tough times.

We had a good night here under the beautiful big sky, in the red desert with lots of company!
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