Since leaving the coast we’ve had many long drives with not much in between. That means road trains are more common, and some of them are huge! The terrain has been unchanging for the most part. Flat, very flat. On our last night in Queensland was spent in Cloncurry. We had intended to go to the John Flynn museum but heard it was expensive, so we decided to save it for a Royal Flying Doctor Service museum later in our travels instead. The next day we drove through McKinlay, home of the Walkabout Creek Hotel from the Crocodile Dundee movie. We stopped at the playground in this tiny town (population: 20!) for lunch before continuing on. We started seeing heaps and heaps of termite mounds. It’s amazing to see hundreds of them, as far back from the road as you can see. Finally we were here! We were officially in the Northern Territory! I’d never seen a speed limit sign with this high of a number! We had no hope of going that fast while towing the caravan, so that means we get passed a lot. Occasionally by other caravans! (If you’re interested, 130km per hour is 80 miles per hour.) Did I mention the road trains? TurboBug says ‘big truck’! We spent a few nights in Tennant Creek and while we were there the kids changed beds. They’ve had a turn on each bunk now and they’ve gone back to their original beds with LadyBug on the bottom, JitterBug in the middle, and SkeeterBug at the top. It’s quite the process to switch everything around but the kids love feeling like they have a whole new bedroom. I took this picture right before we took everything apart. We also ran into another travelling family we’d first met in Mulambin. We are all headed in the same general direction around Australia so we are sure to see them again. One of their kids shared the hair chalk and suddenly I had kids with multi-coloured hair! Once again, this feels like a momentous point in our trip. We’ve reached the NT!
Welcome to the Northern Territory!
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