Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles

Trip Start Jan 29, 2012
Trip End Apr 01, 2013

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Devils Marbles

Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

We left early from Alice Springs, and had to stop at the first traffic lights we have come across since leaving Adelaide. About half an hour out we passed the Tropic of Capricorn sign, and the terrain began to change from the green trees and brilliant red soil to scrub and literally thousands of termite mounds. Instead of the dead flat roads we had travelled for days, we actually went up and down some small hills, very exciting, and soon went through the Hann Range. Every now and then there were huge signs on the side of the road with "No Alcohol" and "No Pornography" on them. there were also lots of flood warning signs, but absolutely no water in the rivers anywhere. We mpassed the Ti Tree Roadhouse, which is the most central pub in Australia, and then we came across Red Centre Farm, which was a vineyard, and they also sold mango products. Rows of grapevines in the middle of the desert seemed really strange, but they must make a living from them, although there was a For Sale sign out the front. Hope they are not after a quick sale! This place was about two and a half hours drive out of Alice Springs, and there was nothing else as far as the eye could see. 
Next was Central Mt Stuart, which is the mathematical heart of Australia, and then we reached our destination, Devils Marbles. This place was on my list of "must sees" and we weren't disappointed. The granite boulders were very imposing, and when we drove around to the camping area, a dingo was there to great us. We picked a spot directly in front of some huge boulders, and waited for sunset, when they change colour to a brilliant red. We heard dingos howling that night, but they stopped after a while and we had a peaceful sleep. Next day we rose early to take pictures of the boulders when the sun rose, which was even better than the sunset. We then drove to Tennant Creek, which wasn't much of a place, and when we went into the only supermarket to get a few things, the Nescafe Gold Blend was $23 for 200g, so after picking myself up off the floor I bought the smallest size for $6, some milk, and left as fast as I could. There were mostly Aboriginals in the town (although I didn't see any at the school we passed), how do they afford to live? We thought that was so unfair! We wanted to buy some wine, but the three places that sold it were all closed until 2pm, and heavily secured. We decided that we could do without.  We spent the night at Banka Banka Station, which was a lovely place, and we met more friendly people, all who were on the road permanently. They love the life, and wouldn't change it.
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Helen on

I hope you didn't get out of the car in Tennat Creek. Did I forget to tell you that? Keep on going don't stop.

Pam (Jennifer's sister) on

Tennant Crk-Pat and I had the same reaction. On our return we heard that people who live there ( have moved there with their work) love it and are reluctant to move! Buzzes with social gatherings and very community minded.

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