Reaching the North and some things we found on our way

by Bngrtw May. 17, 2013 2257 views

After leaving Uluru, we went back to the Stuart Highway on the same road, but before that we made a detour (“only” 200 km) to see the beautiful scenery from the top of Kings Canyon. With its ancient rock formations, the place feels like it could be full of dinosaurs. Today's first pic shows a bit of this landscape.

Back on the highway, the next stop would be Alice Springs. Unfortunately we couldn't stay there for very long, but G could buy an original aboriginal painting, and also learn a little bit about their art, how it's based on their dreams, and how dreams run within families [en.wikipedia.org].

From there we kept going North, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, then seeing some curious outback locations, like the Devil's Marbles, some giant spherical rocks scattered on a large area (B was wrecking one of them on pic 2), or the town of Daly Waters, where we pictured this farmer filling up before going to work. There were also literally thousands of termite mounds, and look at the size of some of them!

We saw other weird places, like a pub often visited by UFOs and the bar where they keep the stuffed remains of Charlie, the Water Buffalo that appeared in Crocodile Dundee.

And speaking of Crocodiles, we were now in the Northern Territory, where they freely roam pretty much everywhere. There are the freshwater crocodiles (freshies), apparently harmless (I wonder how many people test that), and the saltwater crocodiles (salties), that can eat a human whole, can flip out of the water whilst you are at the beach, and also in any creek. The Territory is full of cautionary tales about eaten tourists (usually German, as we were told, don't ask us why…), and lots of newspaper stories, yearly croc counts, and even a… Jumping Croc “show”! You can board a boat and cruise the river, then the skipper taunts the beast with a pork chop hanging from a fishing rod and… Well, you get things like today's last pic, only 2 metres away from your nose. It is… safe.

We went to see the action with our friend J on his birthday. He, his lovely wife M and their little son E let us crash in their spare room for a few days at their home in Darwin. Thank you so much guys!

Although we were very proud that we had managed to survive our outback trip, then we met M's parents, who had done the same trip in the 1960s, with no sealed road, carrying their own petrol and water, and also a gun to hunt their dinner every day. It's definitely much easier now!!!

And so, surrounded by crocs and beautiful seaviews, our 2 months in Australia came to an end.

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