Next day, we were packed and ready to go by 8.30am , when found out cud get our permit to go through the aboriginal lands for free.. but the place opened at 9am ..so hung on to get one, the tarmac ends at Laverton, since then we have been on sand /gravel , but making good progress. Heading toward Warburton, with intention of camping the night just before reaching there.
Since leaving Kalgoolie, not seen much traffic , nor have we seen much wildlife, a dead camel by the side of the road plus I spotted a dingo in the bush plus a very large eagle feasting on the roadside. We camped in a layby before reaching Warburton and were joined by "Batch" Batchelor an interesting character also on his way eastward to see his daughter (she helps aborigine artists) he processes Farmers seed stocks, and has been a prawn fisherman, we might meet up again. he remembered seeing my yellow glasses from Laverton camp sight
Today hope to make it to the Olga's, a very large rock formation just before Yalara (Uluru/Ayres Rock) and camp in the bush, saw some camels in the bush and a couple in the road , by the time I was camera ready could only catch his backside, Geoff and Alf reckon that recent rain has kept them out in the bush away from roads which have deep culverts each side to allow the water to flow away and pool up in the culverts, which then act as water holes, have heard about a roadhouse on the Docker River just over the border in the Northern Territory, Alf reckons Lassiter's cave a bit further on is worth a visit, we are now on dirt roads which are dry and recently graded, so we are able to cover good mileage each day, touch wood the cars are going well, so Docker River for lunch…
Disaster , ..got to Docker River, an aboriginal township…no roadhouse that we could find..dismayed, noted petrol pumps are inside padlocked metal cages, worrying…off to Lassiter's cave, we couldn't find that either, it wasn't sign posted…pissed off We stopped for some of the girl's cake and a cuppa then press on for the Olga's, arrive and camp in bush by roadside, nice fire ..eat steaks a can or two of beer under a beautiful night sky..a good ending to the day.
Next stop Curtin Springs for fuel, and King's Canyon for the night, got there early and found a good spot, setting up the side tent for the first time, its good, once we mastered how it's done (still struggling with the circular tent tho, much to Alf's amusement) we found the Dingo Bar and had a good steak meal. It.s rained heavily all night, unbelievable and its eased this morning, bought a full English breakfast for Geoff and I, just what we needed, not cheap but we can have as much as we want, so make up sandwiches for lunch, rain is easing so off for a walk around Kings canyon..3/4 hrs ..pretty steep start but impressive rock formations, as it's rained pools of water are everywhere, and the creek is full, a water fall is cascading down but we find a last min obstacle …have to take our shoes off to cross the creek to get back to camp , do our washing,sort our stuff out and stay a second night, next stop Alice springs