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Camooweal Billabong & Banka Banka Outstation

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 by |

NT Border

21/07/13

Sadly left Adel’s Grove this morning and this time took the short road past Riversleigh fossil fields to the highway.

Reached the highway without mishap and decided to head to Katherine to get the rear windscreen fixed. Cameron did a great job “McGyvering” up the windscreen 🙂 . Only took 6 rolls of gaffer tape. We did consider heading back to Mt Isa – but neither Cameron nor I could bear the thought of going backwards.Camooweal Billabong1 Made it to a free camp at Camooweal Billabong for the night. Heaps of birdlife including black swans, ducks, darters, pelicans and even a couple of Brolgas.  (The brolgas are my favourites since I grew up on Brolga Rd.) We tried to go up close to the brolgas, but they made it very clear that we were not welcome.

BrolgasGreat camp oven stew for dinner. We’re really getting the hang of them now.Camooweal2

Camooweal sunsetFreezing wind for pack up in the morning.

22/07/13Leaving QldStopped at the NT border so Amy could run from Qld to NT.  Finally made it to NT – hooray!! Love that 130km speed limit.NT Driving Made it to Banka Banka Outstation for the night. What a great place! Hosts Ree & Bob gave the kids an ice block each when we arrived, then gave them some bread to feed Freckles the horse & BB the cow and to top it off didn’t charge us for the kids to stay.Banka BankaGreat camp kitchen with a toaster – Liam and I cannot wait for toast for breakky.  Clean amenities, with lots of hot water.

After dinner we headed over to the big campfire and the kids toasted marshmallows.  The marshmallows and the really long toasting sticks were provided by our thoughtful hosts.Banka Banka Campfire

 Cameron & I walked up Banka Banka mount before breakfast to see the cool signpost.Banka Sign

Banka Banka Mount

 Great place! Hope we can stay there again.

Adel’s Grove & Lawn Hill NP
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