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September 2012

Day 121 - Monday 3 September 2012

Banka Banka to Devils Marbles

Banka Banka now has a dump point so we made use of it before we left for the Devils Marbles at about 8:00 am.

A fading moon at sunrise

A fading moon at sunrise

We stopped for fuel, bread and milk at the roadhouse, and the Weekend Australian from the newsagent in Tennant Creek. We wanted to get to the Devils Marbles early, about 220 kms from Banka Banka, to ensure a good camp site so we passed every caravan that we saw going our way and arrived at 11:00 am to find the camp grounds empty, apart from the resident dingo sleeping under a tree.

After paying our camp fee of $6.60 for the night we set up camp on a good site with trees on both sides for privacy and with its own fire place. As generators are not allowed in the camp site we did not bother with the satellite dish or the TV.

We were the first to arrive at the Devils Marbles

We were the first to arrive at the Devils Marbles

Marbles

Marbles

More Marbles

More Marbles

The resident dingo snoozing in the shade

The resident dingo snoozing in the shade

The nice clean roof of our van

The nice clean roof of our van

Our camp site

Our camp site

We had a wander around the camp ground and were talking to a couple who have been on the road for ten years. He was a motor mechanic and she works for Woollies on a regular basis and they are on their way back to Mission Beach in Queensland to work for 12 months.Di says that she could not travel for more than 5 months in a van. We are looking forward to seeing our daughters in Melbourne and Hobart, and our grand-children. The garden will soon be looking beautiful and Di is looking forward to seeing it and getting into it.

We unloaded all of our wood that we had started collecting on the Nullarbor and added to in WA for a camp fire. The wood was nice and dry as we had had no rain since Geraldton on the 25th of June and it had been baking in the 30+ degree heat ever since. After having steak and salad cooked on the barbeque we spent a nice relaxing evening in front of the camp fire.

Our camp fire extra dry wood

Our camp fire extra dry wood

Someone doing handstands on the Marbles

Someone doing handstands on the Marbles

Nearly ready to light the fire

Nearly ready to light the fire

Sunrise at the Marbles

Sunrise at the Marbles

More Marbles at sunrise

More Marbles at sunrise

Di enjoying breakfast with a mouthful of muesli

Di enjoying breakfast with a mouthful of muesli

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Day 120 - Sunday 2 September 2012

Banka Banka Station

We spent the whole day washing the car and the caravan and they now look like new – at least until we hit the red dust again! We had the ladders out so that we could give the roof of the van a good wash – it still has black stuff on the roof from the tyre fire near the caravan park in Longford when we were there in February.

A nice clean van

A nice clean van

Dinner this evening was pizzas cooked on our pizza stone in the Weber Baby Q barbeque. We ended up cooking about twice as much as we could eat so we now have some left overs for lunch.

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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

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