After leaving Daly Waters we heading along the Carpentaria Highway for an overnight stop at Cape Crawford, before heading off onto the Savannah Highway heading for the Limmen National Park and the turn off to Lorella Springs.
The journey to Lorella was 133kms on the dirt and the challenge didnt seem to big, steady and slow was our motto as we werent in any hurry as we had the time.
The first 104kms had some challenges, with corrogations, dips, water crossing, soft bulldust and cap rock but we happily cruised along stopping a few times to check things. Excited to finally see the sign to Lorella Spring and that we only had 29kms to go, we had been told by someone at Cape Crawford that the road to Lorella was pretty bad and we were very surprised when the had done the day trip from CC and they hadnt dropped tyre pressure DURR!!!! oldly enough we have heard a few not doing this along our way.
Anyway he was right even though we had our tyres on the car and van down the whole journey, the last 29kms were shocking at times crawling along at 10-15kms it took us about 1.30-1.40hrs before arriving to the welcoming faces of the volunteer staff, who had come and stayed.
We spent the next 10 days here in the wilderness of this 1,000,000.00 square acres of land, of course some of the wild creatures were in the camp ground with a large party with quads who on the first night in the dark, thought it would be a good idea to hair around kicking up the dust and try to chop and hand saw some wood to take back to their campsite, needless to say when someone yelled out QUIET things slowed a bit but after several complaints the next day they quieten considerably after that. Yep from QLD!!!!
We had an amazing time here camped out in the large open bush camp and ventured out to waterholes, billabongs, caves, rivers, waterslides, thermal springs, salt flats and the fishing camp ( we left the van and took our cots and duvalays and enjoyed the stars).
The place is amazing and has loads to do, some tracks are easy others are a challenge but the maps provided and with everything signposted very well you cant get lost. A comprehensive sign in and out book ensures every one stays safe.
When in CC we didnt take the helicopter ride of the lost city as one was also available from LS - but you would have bet that the days we wanted to go and see the Southern Lost City and the Valley of the Mazes the chopper had gone to Darwin for a service - blahhhhhhh!
We saw, wild pigs, dingoes, roaming cattle, wallabies and incredible birdlife. The flowers and flowering trees were beautiful.
We enjoyed a few happy hours and especially the freshly baked bread by Crusty d*** the baker, order before midday and pick up after 5pm - clever right on happy hour of course.
We had a slight issue with our exhaust system with the pipe going into the muffler cracking around the weld. Mal not happy as the system was only 4 mths old and done before we left he performed some Bush Mechanics 101, one of the staff Fritz would have happily welded it but didnt have enough gas to complete the job even though they tried to get more from Borroloola only such if life.
Fuel was available for $3.00 a litre ouch - and we got the last 20 litres after a fundraising motor bike riders stayed for night guzzled the rest. No more fuel until the owner Rhett came back from a wedding in Darwin.
WiFi was available but only at the Bar - clever again, and a landline was a $1.00 per minute.
We had a fabulous time there and the van was awesome as were ran the fridge/freezer and weber on gas, lights on battery/solar and you could have as much water as you liked but you had to keep filling up your tanks, we were close to a tap and it was Mal's exercise carry 2 x20 litres back to the van and syphoning it in with his snazzy little water pump.
There was still so much that we didnt see or do but would consider going back closer to after the wet as many of the waterholes were drying up and woudl be dry within the next month or so.
Enjoy the photos there are some beauties
From the Great Outdoors
Alida and Mal