Day 42 – 15 Aug 2012 – At Fitzroy Crossing

Ian really enjoyed the helicopter flight. It took 1/2 hour.

Getting ready for helicopter ride

Because we had done the self-drive tour around the Bungle Bungles yesterday Ian felt he had a better idea of where the helicopter was flying because the Pilot pointed out various features – ones which we had seen from the ground on the day before. To take part in the flight, all passengers had to be weighed and then the three of them had to be evenly placed in the 4 seater helicopter for balance. It was also suggested to wear long trousers, a woollen jumper, a cap (no hats allowed) and sunglasses. Ian saw almost to the Ord River in one direction and was able to fly over the large cattle station which is situated on this site – Mabel Downs. The Pilot said in a few weeks time they will be mustering the last of the cattle – with helicopters. We saw many head of cattle straying around yesterday.

Bruce and Linda were going to visit friends in Halls Creek and they left before us. We left around 10.00am. Once again the roads are superb. There was surprisingly very little traffic – apart from caravans and campervans of course.

We called in a the Info. Centre at Hall’s Creek. The Canning Stock Route starts a bit west of Halls Creek and there was some interesting information there about that route. We picked up some brochures on the towns we will be in for the next week or so, and filled up with diesel – $1.77 litre.

The scenery today was quite good. Sometimes there were wide open plains and sometimes we wended our way between ranges. Some of the views when we came to the top of these ranges were magnificent.

One of the many ranges

We stopped at a viewing parking bay for lunch. Another couple pulled in just as we were leaving – it was a couple we had met at Springvale Homestead near Katherine and they were also at the Bungle Bungles. They just drove in because they saw us and wanted to say ‘hello’. How nice was that.

For quite a few weeks now we have seen termite mounds – some large, some small, but always conical in shape. But for the past couple of days they are just blobs – shapeless blobs. Some are huge – the size of a small car, others are small, but blobs none the less. They look like cane toads or for anyone who knows Star Wars – Jabba the Hut. We think they are spinifex termites.

Termite BLOB

We arrived at Fitzroy Crossing around 4.00pm. We stopped at the first Park just before the town. It is quite a surprise – very plush and top class. We managed to get the second last powered site left. We have booked in for 2 nights. $35 a night.

It is so nice to be able to catch up with the blogs and to take the time to ring family and friends again.

This Park allows the washing of cars and caravans so Ian has taken the opportunity to do so. The Landcruiser was washed just before tea and he will ‘tackle’ the caravan some time tomorrow. The Landcruiser was absolutely covered in fine red dust after yesterday’s trip to the Bungle Bungles so it was desperate for a good wash.

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