DAY 74 Friday 21st June
We were all clear of the camp by 9.30am and first stop was the Adelaide River 1888 Railway Station Precinct which included the only refreshment rooms on the Pine Creek to Darwin section of the rail, just across the river from the town. This also included lots of history from the early telegraph station for the overland telegraph. This was a very interesting read and some of the machinery was a marvel to be in the good condition it still is.
A short drive to Robin Falls followed and a difficult walk over rocks gave us a terrific scene of water cascading over three falls into a pool and then running back along the track we had worked our way into the falls on. The scenery route into Hayes Creek was selected as our next adventure and this trip took us through a lot of Km before we re- joined the Highway at Hayes Creek and found a shady picnic table for lunch before heading for camp. During this return trip our day leader, Bruce, got a sniff of a watering hole and turned to the right for about 20 Km passing a couple of mines and eventually arriving at the Grove Hill Historic Hotel which is Heritage Listed, established in 1935 and never once been dusted. We managed to drag some members of our group away and again headed for the Mount Bundy station.
On our arrival and during Happy Hour, we were all approached by a mounted horseman who advised that a short display of horsemanship and duck mustering would be demonstrated in the home paddock. Well that horse, dog, ducks, and an assortment of whips accompanied by some bush poetry had us all in tears with laughter. I am still laughing at a particular brown dog on being startled by the first crack of a whip, turned tail and ran for his dear life down the farm track to the main road and out of sight, all of half a km. Never to be seen.
After this impromptu gathering the fire was again alight and camp oven baked dinners were cooking. Clean up and dishes before bed. Tomorrow we move on.
DAY 75 Saturday 22nd June
Nine 0 five evacuation from Mt Bundy Station Caravan camp and with the Castles doing their own thing, as they have been this way previous and need to look for different adventures, we were on the road heading south. Some road work with traffic lights split the group some but we stopped to re-group at a road side stop at Emerald Springs and had smoko. Continuing toward Katherine we again struck a red road work traffic light and again the split up happened, same rig, but it was decided to go on as Bruce decided he needed fuel and stopped at Pine Creek for this.
Hales and Kollmorgens continued on to Katherine and stopped for some shopping and lunch. This was, of course, where the Clarks caught up again and we all set off for Nitmiluk National Park about 30 Km east of Katherine. After booking in, setting up and cooling off a little we had a short walk around the area and booked a 3 Gorge boat tour for Monday morning. Sure to be enjoyable.
Happy Hour, tea and dishes followed in that order, then Bed. (My favourite activity)