Road to Nowhere
Left Cairns early for a 3 day trip to Alice Springs. Drove out past the Atherton tabelands, but didn't stop there. Then stopped at a waterfall somewhere but can't remeber the name of it (i'm writing this a month after I did the trip). From there carried on tot he Oasis Roadhouse, which had the smallest bar in Australia. Then carried out driving. Went for a short walk in a place called Porcupine Gorge. Stayed overnight in a town calle Hughenden (which if you are interested is named after Hughenden in Bucks, and is also probably bigger than Hughenden at home). Didn't see that much of Hughenden as arrived at night and left early in the morning.
The next day left early in them morning and drove to winton, Winton is famous for a few things, the first being the premier of walzing maltida at the Northern Gregory hotel by Banjo Patterson. The hotel is still there but it is not the original one Banjo performed in. Winton is aslo the place where Qantas had there first board meeting. After Winton carried on driving, visited a sheep sataion, though not many sheep on it at the moment because of the drought. Walked down another short gorge called Python Gorge and looked at some aboriginal art work. Had a quick barbeque at the top and then continued driving. Drove through a small town called midleton. Normally it has a population of 6 people (there was only 1 when we were there, the rest had gone shopping in the nearest town four hours away), Middleton consists of 1 pub, 1 phone box, a footy statium, a shed (sorry Hilton Hotel) and a golf course. After stopping in Middelton carried ou driving. Went through a place calle Boulia, where we picked up some unhappy Australians that had just dropped out of the Brisban to Alice Srpings Postie Bike Challenge. This involes driving a small motobike across the country and across a lot of dirt roads which are very bumpy. Stayed a cattle station for the night. Again only one person there, a couple of dogs, a beer drinking kangeroo, some pigs and of course cows.
The next morning left early for the last leg of the journey. More roads of nothing. Drove across the Nothern Terrioty border and the clocks went back half an hour. Stopped at Tobemory Cattle station vriefly. Waved at lots of crazy people being bounced all over the road on motobikes. Drove, Drove, Drove and drove some more and saw no buldings, no people, just the outback and cows. Arrived in Alice Springs the evening. Civilisation at last!!!