The many scenes on the Stuart Highway
Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
37Trip End Oct 27, 2012
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We packed up the caravans & hooked them on the car last night so we could get an early start this morning. At 6am we were packed up & ready to hit the open road again.
The first thing I will point out is The Red Centre is anything but RED. There are flat plains of low lying scrubs. Then you come to big areas of low lying plants. Heaps of yellow wattles & small yellow plants. Some trees are blackened & look dead. Heaps of spinifex grass covering the open plains.
Crows thrive out here they are everywhere.
Along the Stuart highway you go from flat land to hilly areas
We had a couple of rest stops. One at Marla to fill up with petrol $1.91 per litre ouch. Paid $81. Dad caused some trouble arguing about the cost of pies. Notice board said one thing they charged extra. So when I went in the guy behind the counter wanted to know if I knew that guy & that they were trying to help but he didn't want to listen. Oh dear. I just paid for a very expensive pre cooked bacon & egg sandwich at $9 & high tailed it out of there.
Along the way we spotted some cattle next to the road & a wedged tail eagle on the road. He flew off before I could take a great photo of him. Also some cute corellas in the trees.
At 11.30am we finally made it to the Northern Territory boarder & had the token family photo under the sign.
Next stop off was at Kulgera Pub. The first and last pub in the Northern Territory. Nice little pub with a tree full of old sneakers out the front.
We then continued on. We parked at Erldunda rest stop to find out about the road out to Chambers Pillars but no one could tell us anything about it, they suggested we go to the nearest police station & ask them about it when we asked where it was they replied Alice Springs. Forget that we're turning here to go to Uluru.
We were planning to stay the night at Mt Ebeneza. When we arrived there we discovered it was long closed & very deserted. So we made the decision to turn back to Erldunda. Back 54km.
Just back a little bit & we spotted another Wedged Tail Eagle & Jay stopped finally to let me out to take some photos.
We arrived back at Erldunda about 2pm filled up with petrol at $1.98 even more OUCH. We paid for a site for the night our most expensive night $48.
Behind the park there were some emus in a fence with some chicks so we took our stale bread to them to feed them all. I nearly had one emu trying to eat my camera lens.
Its now relaxing time & kids are swimming.