The Wandering Tops

The Wandering Tops

06 August, 2016

Leaving the Territory

Just before we left Darwin I needed to have a small lump cut out, so visited Dr Sam who had previously removed other skin imperfections.  I'm sure he enjoys using the scalpel, so this made his day - anyway he did a great job and has healed up really well.  On our departure Charlie's wife made us a carrot cake - what a lovely gesture.

Marlow Lagoon camp at Charlies, only 3 sites

Our first night out was back at Gorrie Airstrip (approx 30km south of Mataranka).  Not alone tonight as approx 10 other vans camped the night.  Cold snap from down south filtered through to top end and morning temperature was down to 14 degrees, we noticed the chilly change!  Turned off the Stuart Highway at Daly Waters and travelled on Carpentaria Highway towards Borroloola.  At Cape Crawford turned onto Tablelands Highway and was going to stay at bush camp approx 10km down the track however could not get van in (too narrow a track) so had to go back to Cape Crawford Caravan Park for the night.   Travelled down the Tablelands Highway towards Barkly Homestead where we ran into Rob & Helen from SA, members of the Mitsubishi 4WD club, and after a chat and coffee we headed to Camooweal, camping the night at Wonarah Bore Free Camp.  Called into another nice spot to camp the next day - second bore approx 120kms west of Camooweal, so will keep in mind.

Stayed at Camooweal second billabong (Lake Canellan) for 4 nights and could have stayed for more but needed to move on.  During this time we enjoyed the birdlife including Brolga dancing, white neck herons, white faced herons, whistling kites, freckled duck, darters, fork tailed kites, peewees, plubers, ibis & pelicans - that we recognized, probably many more could be identified with a trained eye.  Even had Census lady deliver our form for completion, which we completed and posted before we left Camooweal.

Our front yard view at Lake Canellan - 2nd Camooweal billabong

Being entertained by Brolga dancing

This little buggar would wait until egret was digesting fish then flew down and hassle until egret 'threw up' and he would grab the fish

Circle of pelicans dislodging fish from reeds

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