Stopped at Grosse Bluff Lookout for a snack. Cameron was teasing the kids that it was Uluru; it’s actually the site of an ancient meteorite crater. Looks very impressive.
We’re worried that Palm Valley campground will be full so we bypassed Redbank Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge. A quick stop in Hermannsburg to get fuel and a Mereenie Loop Pass. Sad looking place and there are lots of signs advising you not to take photos or drive into residential streets. We may stop through again to visit the Albert Namatjira Gallery before going to King’s Canyon. ???
The road into Palm Valley Camp ground was surprisingly good. There were still plenty of campsites when we arrived about 2pm, so we chose a nice shady one near the creek.
The flies are driving us all crazy!!!! Finally had to get out the fly head nets after Cameron almost swatted a fly on his face with the hammer he was using to put in tent pegs. Oops! I spent a lot time laughing at Cameron and his head gear.
5.30pm Just watched a dingo wander through our campsite as I write. Amy’s sitting outside reading and I think it freaked her out a bit. The rest of us were inside the car or tent hiding from the flies.
Early to bed after a sleepless night last night.
Cycad Gorge and Palm Valley today. We had some fun 4wding into Palm Valley.
I raced the kids to be the first to touch a Cycad in Cycad Gorge. I did well, I came third out of three. Lol
Did the short walk through Palm Valley, which included some tadpole spotting in the creek. Great place – really glad we came here. Cameron has picked it as one of his highlights of the trip.
Back in camp for lunch and spoke to another camper who suggested the Lookout Walk. We thought we should do that as well so we dragged Liam off his DS and climbed past the Balancing Rock to the lookout. Fabulous views! Amy practiced her photography.
First camp oven roast tonight, with scones for dessert. Yum! I asked Amy if she wanted a shower. (The showers are a bit breezy and lacking in water pressure, but it’s impressive that there are any facilities out here at all let alone hot showers and flushing toilets.) Amy told me that “you need to be clean in caravan parks but in National Parks you can be as grubby as you want.” Guess that means no shower tonight. 🙂
Some people remind you that it is possible to look for the good in people and find it. We driving in the middle of nowhere on the corrugated dirt road that is the Mereenie Loop, when we were flagged down by a lone lady cyclist.
She asked us if we could take 20litres of water she was having trouble carrying and drop it off 20 kms down the road. Just put a pile of rocks next to the road, put the water in the shade of a tree and tie a pink ribbon to the tree and she’d be able to find it at the end of the day. Very trusting given how hot dry and remote it is out here. She’s travelled a fair way using this system, so most people must reward her trust. I’d noticed her uniquely decorated bike, at the Ochre Pits which was 2 days and about 100kms ago.