A long drive to Devil’s Marbles today – about 6.5 hours. We did consider stopping at Banka Banka Outstation again, but decided to just keep going. This is Liam’s choice for the trip so he’s pretty keen to get there. We had a morning tea break at Newcastle Waters rest area, fuel stop at Dunmurra. Sadly no awesome pies or wedges this time – we didn’t have 45mins to wait for them to be cooked :). Since neither the 3-Ways road house or Tennant Creek looked particularly appealing, we kept going to Devil’s Marbles for a very late lunch.
The camp ground is pretty basic – fairly level dirt sites with fire pits and the world’s smelliest long drop toilets. Yuk! However, the view and the fact that the camp ground is right amongst the Marbles more than makes up for the toilets. The toilets in the day use area were good though – clean and not smelly.
It was really hot when we were setting up. I left the thermometer in the tent next to the canvas and it was reading at 46C. No wonder we were a bit hot and bothered by the time we finished setting up. Kids wasted no time heading off to explore the closest Marbles.
We all had a great time climbing and exploring for the rest of the afternoon.
After dinner we took our chairs over to the communal area for a Ranger talk about fires. Great talk – loved the spinifex fire demonstration. One of the ladies from further down the camp ground invited everyone at the talk back to her camp for a sing along by the fire. We didn’t go but we did get to listen to a very enthusiastic rendition of Kumbaya. Lol
Up by 6.50am this morning (early for us this trip), a quick coffee than over to the day use area to find the “Pac Man” Devil’s Marble. Liam had seen a photo of the Pac Man Marble before the trip so he really wanted to find it.
Spent a while exploring and photographing, then back to camp for my favourite breakfast of bacon & egg sandwiches. The kids climbed the nearby Marbles again while Cameron & I packed up.
On the road by 9.30am!