Today we had half a day sightseeing in Katherine and working on our cars. Some went to Katherine Gorge; some had a good look around the town. We were visited by Ian Locke of the Katherine Veteran Car Club who gave us some pointers in regard to the trip. We presented him with a club calendar. At 12.30 we left Katherine for Mataranga Springs. We all had a swim except Reg. A beautiful place to visit. The spring flows 5 million gallons per day and is crystal clear water surrounded by very large palm trees. Then we headed further south down the Stuart Highway to Daly Waters. [Total 300 kms]. On the way we dodged several thunderstorms and went through some rain. All the cars ran extremely well and enjoyed a tail wind and cooler weather.
On arriving at Daly Waters’ original pub [est. 1870 – hasn’t changed since] we booked into the Backpackers accommodation as rain was threatening. At $20 per person you couldn’t get more basic accommodation; it’s bunk beds but a hot shower and good fun. The frog in the shower is alive and bright green [6 inches across].
We travelled through typical Northern Territory savannah grasslands dotted with eucalyptus trees. The country is enjoying a very good season. Bird life fantastic, including emus, ducks, straw-necked ibis, rainbow birds and many many other varieties. We have all eaten very well at the pub but the mozzies are very hungry. Because all the cars travelled so well the team is very happy.
Due to poor reception photos will follow.