Home Sweet Home
29.06.2010 - 12.07.2010
Left Darwin finally on 29th June. Had intended to leave a day earlier but we were both so sick with some"wog" we picked up in China.
Met some Mataranka locals at Adelaide River when we were having a pub lunch and they suggested we stay at "Territory Manor" soooo!!!!Arrived a bit late so ate at their bistro - a lovely setting.
This area was made famous byJeannie Gunn's novel - "We of the Never Never" My family visited there in 1956, when father was based in Mt.Isa. Mataranka Homestead is not recognizable anymore and now is a backpackers.A new Maluka's Bar and up-market bistro has sprung up on the site.
We took a very relaxing dip in the thermal pools at Rainbow Springs now quite flash with surrounding pavers as well as cement edges and steps to enter etc. but still tropical with overhanging palms.
Also up the road from our Caravan Park there was Bitter Springs -0 unspoilt - so we hopped on the scooter, togs on and had a 34degrees dip. Had a 200m palm and paper-bark bush walk to reach it.
On our way out of town the next day we walked over Elsey Cemetery - resting place of many of the book's characters. - Highlight of today was a Daly Waters Pub Lunch -an experience not to be missed -the pub I mean - not the lunch.
Pushed on to the 3 ways, lunched at Barkly homestead and then arrived in Mt. Isa for the week-end with Johnny B and Alysone. Took our unregistered scooter all over town visiting all our old haunts. Made a couple of visits to "Townies" once to see Doolan Darcy and the other to meet George Tipping who has invited Byron and Joanne and John and I to join him in his camp at the Birdsviile races in September. At least we will be able to have hot showers and they have a big log fire each evening and his camp is right on the Racecourse prescinct.