From Alice Springs we keep driving northwards. We’ve been learning about the early Explorers on this trip and Noah now has a book about them. We’ve been learning about John McDouall Stuart and for lunch we stop by the side of the road at a spot which marks the most northerly point he got to on one of his trips. Not a bad effort when you leave from Adelaide with a couple of horses.
For the night we get to Devil’s Marbles Nature Reserve and camp there.
We spend time exploring around the rocks.
And this photo is dedicated to the Richardsons. Thanks for the idea of this photo. Thanks also for being the trailblazers and inspiring us to take this trip.
That night we pack up as much gear as we can so that we can get away early in the morning. We want to embark on out longest drive for the whole trip – about 800km to get to Mt Isa. Unfortunately it’s a very windy night so when we’d planned to get a good night sleep, we barely got any, about 3 hours. But we want to do the big drive so we go for it. Along the way we do our last border crossing.
The logo on the sign might say ‘Where Australia Shines’ but it seems that Queensland is also where ‘Australia is in drought’. This part of the country looks very dry. It’s not pretty.
We get to Mt Isa about 230pm and I’ve got a head ache from lack of sleep and general fatigue. We’re not at our sparkiest when we set up camp. And on top of that this caravan park is a peg-bender. It’s got to have the hardest ground we’ve encountered. I just want a peg to go in!!
In the arvo Kirst and I have a nap while the kids watch a movie. And then after dinner Noah and I go out to a local club to watch the Broncos v Roosters semi. Noah very much enjoys the excitement of going out to watch the game.
The next day we have a full day in the town and we take it fairly easy. We start with bacon and eggs and then head out to check out the sights (as such they are). We’re amazed how the town is right on the doorstep of the mine.