The magic of the Northern Territory..

From Coober Pedy we stopped at an AMAZING lunch spot at the fuel station at Marla. Amazing because it had something my eyes hadn’t seen in days, LUSH. GREEN. GRASS! Perfect spot for lunch to get some fuel, quick toilet stop & enjoy the grass & lovely surrounding trees. We set up our picnic blanket & it was a REALLY nice spot to enjoy.

From here we were aiming to make it past the NT border. We finally made it & after we took our obligatory “Welcome to the NT” photos we realised the sun was about and hour & a half off setting so we decided to camp there the night. But in the spirit of spontaneity we thought at the last minute “nah, let’s see how far we can get..”

So again, we pushed it.. & made it in an hour to a truly special & beautiful free camp called “Desert Oaks” & it was the first REALLY red dirt we had seen at that point. It was pure magic. Add to that the beautiful & colourful surrounding bush.. just amazing. We set up the fire and put the kids to bed after dinner. As we were enjoying the serenity we noticed the stars.. The sky was FULL of stars & we could clearly see the Milky Way (I’d never seen that before). It was hard to look away it was so magical.

On day 4 we packed up & needed fuel so stopped at Stuart’s Well that happened to have a camel farm! We couldn’t pass the opportunity up so we paid $9 (for an adult, $7 for a child) for a camel ride & it was so fun! My girl loved it.

Then off to Alice Springs! It was a surprise to me how big of a town Alice is. We arrived at the Big 4 Caravan Park just after lunchtime & we were stoked to get x2 powered sites, and the office wasn’t busy at all. We went back to the office later that afternoon & it was packed with travellers trying to get a spot!

The Big 4 was the Taj Mahal as far as caravan parks go! A few pools with a massive water slide, some parks spread throughout the whole site, plenty of laundry & amenity blocks, a PANCAKE/DESERT stand at night(!!), a little coffee stand for the morning & daily activities going on within the park!

Tomorrow we are heading on to the Red Centre Way to see Hermannsburg & camp at Red Bank Gorge…

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