A Travellerspoint blog

Day 119 - Saturday 1 September 1012

Daly Waters Pub to Banka Banka Station

We packed up fairly early this morning and checked out the price of diesel at the pub and decided that $1.929 was a tad too expensive, so took the punt that it would be cheaper up on the highway. Sure enough the price at the Highway Inn was $1.759 – 17 cents per litre less – or a saving of $10.00 on a tankful of 59 litres. We stopped again for fuel at the Elliot Roadhouse then parked in the shade for a coffee and a biscuit.

We arrived at Banka Banka Station early afternoon and booked in for 2 nights - $20 per night and $4 extra to wash the car and the van. We set up camp on a nice grassy site in the middle of the circle and got out the generator as there are no powered sites and set up the satellite dish for the football. Geelong were playing Sydney at Kardinia Park so David settled down to watch the Cats have a good win and lock in 5th place on the ladder going into the finals.

Camped at Banka Banka

Camped at Banka Banka

View of Banka Banka Station from the Lookout

View of Banka Banka Station from the Lookout

During the afternoon we had a visit from another Tasmanian who is working at Banka Banka for a few months. Royce Everett is employed by the Aboriginal Land Council in his role as a builder and is presently working on new accommodation units for the Park. When he is at home Royce lives at the Murrayfield property on Bruny Island – another ALC property. Banka Banka is gradually being restocked after it was taken over about 15 months ago by the Aboriginal Pastoral Company, a subsidiary of the ALC.

Royce has long term plans to build a tourist development on Flinders Island in Bass Strait, as well as buy a yacht to be able to easily travel to and from. We told him about our yacht Moorina and talked about putting it in the next Wooden Boat Festival and told him to call by and have a beer in February next year. Royce confirmed for us that the name Moorina was indeed Trugunini’s sister. Trugunini was the last full blood Tasmanian aborigine.

After dinner we joined other campers at the campfire behind the Kiosk and were entertained by “Chilli” who gave an impromptu performance – he was on his way home from a six month gig at the Daly Waters Pub where we had seen him the night before.

Chilli performing at the campfire

Chilli performing at the campfire

Chilli and his wife next to Di

Chilli and his wife next to Di

Posted by TwoAces 01:02

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Login