Left Katherine at 8:40 this morning back to driving through the land of dressed up termite mounds and bottle trees, the Northern Territorians have a good sense of humour. The trees are changing to larger gums, no more Boabs boo hoo! We headed for a swim at Mataranka Springs but changed our minds and went to another close by called Bitter Springs which turned out to be much better. It was natural apart from some steps to get in. It was like an oasis, palm trees everywhere, lovely and shadey, and not crowded like Mataranka gets. The water was 33degrees and the ambient temperature about 23degrees you get in at one point up stream and float down with your thongs on your hands, to another point, get out put your thongs on and walk back. If you are lucky enough to have a noodle you put your thongs on the end of your noodle! The water is crystal clear and deep with an occasional submerged tree trunk. It was absolutely relaxing, calming and rejuvenating! A man lost his car keys and another guy found them, it's that clear, but the man had already left to break into his car for the spare keys. They eventually caught up with him as we found out later when we were having lunch at the Daly Waters Pub, the guy who lost them was sitting next to us at lunch!
What a pub, everyone told us we have to go there, and yes it is worth a visit. The walls are covered in collections of; bras, undies, baseball caps, singlets, business cards, badges, money notes from all over the world and outside; car number plates, grills, tools, and there is a dedicated thong tree because the Aussie thong is becoming endangered due to the increase in massage and reef sandals. Therefor a thong breeding program has started and people are encouraged to nail their thongs to the tree. Signs were humorous as well as misspelt on purpose eg. "Toylets"! We had a nice meal and finished it off with the flashest affogato I've ever had! We drove all afternoon to arrive at Renner Springs low budget motel but it was clean and served our purpose. There were peacocks and pea hens parading around the verandas of the motel.
Late entry, just had to change rooms because the toilet water filled when we flushed and wouldn't run away!
Note the sign outside the Dayly Waters pub, typical N.T. Rules!