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Mt Isa to Alice Springs via Barkly Homestead & Wycliffe Well

Crossing borders and seeing Red!

I visited Mt Isa many years ago and went into the real mine. You are not allowed to do this anymore. We decided not to go into the tourist mine which was made just like the real thing. It was called the 'Hard Times' mine but it was not so hard times regarding tourism. We did finally relent and go on a mine tour but an above ground one, whereby you are taken on a coach around Mt Isa mines. This was after spending more time there than we had intended. It actually was very interesting. They mine copper, lead, zinc and silver. Check out the photos..
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We thought it would be a male oriented town but there are now lots of females there as well and lots of babies. It's a thriving community and most people make good money in the mines.
After being stuck in Mt Isa for about 11 days we are happy to be leaving. Won't bore you with the details but parts take a long time to get here even though it is a biggish town. On top of that we paid a whole lot of money for parts and labour and left with nothing fixed! We will try our luck again at Alice Springs!

We did meet a couple at the caravan park and after telling them our sob story they told us theirs. Basically their brand new caravan and 4wd rolled due to some brake failure of the caravan. Both had to be 'written off'. All their stuff was sitting outside their motel unit and they had to buy a very expensive 2nd hand campertrailer! A tent on a trailer. It belonged to a 'hobo' and it was filthy. They had to clean it up big time and somehow piece their belongings and trip back together again. Makes us look silly with our small problem!

This blog will be dedicated to our good friends Mike and Marilyn who crossed a border of sorts and got hitched last weekend. We are very happy for you.

We finally made it to the border for a top-up of petrol at Camooweal. This is farming and droving territory. The landscape was open plains and dry looking.

P1020061.jpgwhich way to go?

which way to go?

hugging stuffed 'roadkill'

hugging stuffed 'roadkill'

the border Qld to NT

the border Qld to NT


We then came to the border and officially left Queensland. The earth is starting to get really red by the roadside and landscapes changing. We also got prevailing winds which we were warned about for quite a distance and en route to Alice Springs as well. It's starting to look like Red Centre with lots of grasses, mulga, spinifex, rocks, yellow wattle and red dirt. Really nice changing scenery. Unlike Queensland, there is also surprisingly hardly any 'roadkill'. It could be because they clear the roads of this more often or less kangaroos? We did see a van at one stage in Queensland taking the roadkill off the road.

We got the tail winds which apparently save on fuel costs and is the best way to travel around Australia. The people in the opposite direction actually run out of petrol if they don't allow for this. At least that was what some guy told us.
There are huge gaps between roadhouses for petrol so you had better know what the price of fuel is and fill up wherever it is possible and cheapest. The roads are long and good so far. People are so friendly in these open spaces. Most of them wave to you when passing by including the truckies. Anyone is happy to have a chat, compare notes about campsites, where they come from and what you do. Most are older than us and have already done the whole of Australia and have bought some sort of caravan to take off whenever they feel like a change from home.

Campers all love their crocs and wear them everywhere including in the shower. We are guilty of this as well even though they are not attractive, they are damn comfortable and good for everything. Finally starting to see a lot of motorhomes now which was lacking in Queensland. Most people there had caravans and we felt left out! These homes come in all shapes and sizes. Will try to show some as we go along without looking like a pervert!
quirky home 1

quirky home 1

P1020083.jpgunusual home 2

unusual home 2

quirky home 4

quirky home 4

quirky home 5

quirky home 5

quirky home 6

quirky home 6

quirky home 8

quirky home 8


We stayed the night at Barkly Homestead which is actually a roadhouse and has a caravan park at the back. Very nice and clean and we also had dinner in the pub. It was very windy and cold at night but I am a happy camper in this weather unlike fellow campers who have complained about the cold.
overnight at Barkly Homestead roadhouse

overnight at Barkly Homestead roadhouse

We also came to the junction of Barkly Highway and Stuart Highway. The junction is aptly called Threeways and there is a roadhouse with caravan park there. Looked quite nice too. The 3 ways being Darwin, Alice Springs and Mt Isa.
part of the 3 ways!

part of the 3 ways!

Threeways roadhouse - a road train

Threeways roadhouse - a road train

2 of the three ways!

2 of the three ways!

more unusual items at Threeways pub!

more unusual items at Threeways pub!

cane toads at Threeways roadhouse pub

cane toads at Threeways roadhouse pub

There are also free camps along the roadside where people stay. No toilets, showers etc but some of them are really in beautiful spots even though they are near the roadside. Basically you can park your home wherever you like. We might try one at this place called Devils Marbles. Check it out - quite spectacular.
Devils Marbles

Devils Marbles

shelter under the marbles!

shelter under the marbles!

marbles of granite

marbles of granite

pushing my marble!

pushing my marble!

We stayed the night at a roadhouse called Wycliffe Well caravan park. This area has apparently had the most claimed UFO sightings in Australia. Loved the park and will write no more about it and let the photos tell all!
lucky we got in!

lucky we got in!

we're being watched at Wycliffe Well!

we're being watched at Wycliffe Well!

little green men at Wycliffe Well

little green men at Wycliffe Well

even the toilets have aliens!

even the toilets have aliens!

the motel block at Wycliffe Well

the motel block at Wycliffe Well

green men

green men

curious emu at Wycliffe Well

curious emu at Wycliffe Well

ufo landing

ufo landing

my alien boyfriend!

my alien boyfriend!

ufo receptionist<br />[img=https://photos.travellerspoint.com/284426/P1020129.jpg thumb=https://photos.travellerspoint.com/284426/thumb_P1020129.jpg caption=the crater created by UFOs!

ufo receptionist
[img=https://photos.travellerspoint.com/284426/P1020129.jpg thumb=https://photos.travellerspoint.com/284426/thumb_P1020129.jpg caption=the crater created by UFOs!


They even have fish in the lake such as barramundi!
fishing also at lake Wycliffe

fishing also at lake Wycliffe

lake Wycliffe

lake Wycliffe


Alice SpringsG'day Mate caravan park

We also know now why the middle of Australia is called the Red centre. The red soil is everywhere, even the rocks. It is quite different and really beautiful. Finally we arrived in Alice Springs and are currently staying here for a few nights. I know it is hard to believe but everyone here is complaining bitterly about the cold windy weather and the unprecedented rain they had last week. We are all wearing multiple layers of clothing - beanies and scarves included. We plan to drive to Ayers Rock (480 kms from Alice) when the weather is fine. It is raining there this week and very windy. Not a good time to view Ayers Rock. Instead we will visit the West and East Macdonnell Ranges first. They are also impressive as we have been told and a must do!

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Hi Nicky, just to let you know I have been keeping up with your adventures the last few weeks. Glad you finally got out of Mt Isa. The weather is really weird. This should be the dry season in the north. The photos are great.
Love
Ruth

by Ruth Hubbard

Hi

It's 10.30pm here in Brisbane. Not red. Not dusty. No aliens. Not cold. No live barramundi. Bare feet in showers. No mines. Intersections have 4 ways, not 3.

Positively boring here. Must live vicariously through intrepid friends.

John

by John

Oh, you are taking me back! This is all so wonderful. I think NT was my favourite place- the peace and quiet- it can be so quiet at times the air sings.
I remember camping at Devil's Marbles. Good stuff.
So it looks like you won't need to worry about it being too hot at Uluru after all! Sorry there was a problem but I am sure it will be fixed soon....you have all the time in the world anyway, don't you?! lol
Enjoy every single minute.
Donna

by Chambry

Hi Nicky and Geoff, we are so pleased that you are both up and continuing your adventure. Hopefully once the van is fixed you will not have any more problems.
We had a lovely day and the weather was wonderful. Thank you both so much for your telephone call.

Looking forward to your next blog

Love Mike and Marilyn

by Mike and Marilyn

Wow!!! You paint a great picture!!!! gift od the gab and gift of the language.

I want to do it all again

by Beryl Barrett

Hi Nicky & Geoff,

Pleased to get your update and that you didn't take off with the aliens - I wouldn't put it past you. You both love an adventure and the price would have been right.

Have fun,
Marianne

by Marianne

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