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Day 98 - Saturday 11 August 2012

Katherine to Darwin

We were packed up and on the road early for our 300 km trip from Katherine to Darwin, where we arrived safely at about 2:00 pm, unlike a car and caravan that came to grief about 2 kms south of Hayes Creek - about half way between Katherine and Darwin. The car was in the middle of the road on its roof, and the caravan was on its side off to the side of the road. There did not appear to be any other vehicles involved in the accident and the car appeared to have lost control of the caravan. As there were more than enough other cars stopped at the scene with people controlling the traffic, we continued on our way. We saw no Police of Emergency vehiles coming from the North, so perhaps they would have to come from Pine Creek or Katherine. Hopefully there were no serious injuries, but it certainly makes you think about how lucky you are, and you slow down for a while!

PS - The morning paper reports that the two occupants of the vehicle were walking around the crash site when authorities arrived at the scene. They were taken to Katherine Hospital with minor injuries. The paper went on to say that 10 cars had rolled in 10 days in the Northern Territory with 2 people being killed. The speed limit here is 130 kph and everyone seems to drive too fast, even in built up areas!

Later on we stopped for a morning cuppa at the Bridge Creek Rest Area - Bridge Creek is an approved 24 hour camping area and has been upgraded since we stopped here two years ago - the area has been enlarged and new facilities installed - fireplaces and wood BarBQs are provided and wood is also provided.

A shady spot for a morning cuppa

A shady spot for a morning cuppa

Bridge Creek Rest Area

Bridge Creek Rest Area

At Adelaide River we were stopped again for bridge works and waited our turn at the single lane detour, the large roadtrain passing the other way while we waited.

Waiting our turn to negotiate a detour at Adelaide River bridgeworks

Waiting our turn to negotiate a detour at Adelaide River bridgeworks

Roadtrains take precedence

Roadtrains take precedence

When we arrived at the Darwin Free Spirit Caravan Park we were assured that we had been given a nice roomy site for our 5th wheeler - there was nothing wrong with the site if you ignored the Palm Tree positioned right in the way. The site was angled at about 60 degrees to the roadway and could only be accessed by reversing on the left hand which is the most difficult for the driver as he cannot see where he is going. With a bit of help from our opposite neighbours, one who moved his car to give us more turning room, and another who provided guidance to David while he reversed around the tree and on to the site, we made a reasonable fist of it. A couple of people passing by offered the use of their chainsaws. We might have to provide some feedback to park management on the unsuitability of the site for larger caravans and 5th wheelers in particular!

Our camp site

Our camp site

Where's the chainsaw?

Where's the chainsaw?

After setting up camp for two weeks we headed for the nearest shopping centre at Palmerston which is a only 3 or 4 kms from the caravan park. We were looking for a newsagent at the Palmerston Shopping Centre, but he has gone broke and closed down a few weeks ago, and we were directed down the road to the Oasis Shopping Centre for for a Weekend Australian, and a coffee. Palmerston has a Coles Supermarket, while the Oasis has a Woolworths Supermarket.

Posted by TwoAces 20:24

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