We unhitched the van out the back of the servo & went out to Lake Woods - Longreach Lagoon.
We weren't disappointed & found the road capable of our off road van being driven on - a few sandy patches, but we just let the tyres down for a free day / night camping @ the lake the next day.
Sue (me) was in her element with the thousands of birds on or around the lake. In the pic above you can see a few black lines in the sky. There were prob 1,000 little black cormorants, & pied cormorants, flying up & down the lake all day long. I mean all day long. Every now & then they would land & fish & take off again.
Sunset was lovely as usual.
This great egret is 1 of dozens & dozens of egrets (small, intermediate & great) around he 40km long lake.
On the road to Daly Waters, I was lucky to get a fairly decent pic or 2 from the 90km / hr moving car of these 2 wedge tail eagles having a feed from some fresh road kill.
Daly Waters is famous for it's unique & very remote pub. It is hundreds of kms from any where, but 1000's of people make the visit to the pub on their way along the Stuart Hwy.
Lots of international travellers leave some of their belongings behind as donations to the place. Hardly a space could be found on the inside walls for stuff every where.
The Barra is brought in fresh from the Gulf & tasted just sensational (that's saying a lot as I'm not a keen fish eater!)
Rod has his daily 'was here'...............
& ALL FREE
After the record floods from this yr - just a few lilly pads were growing. Usually nearly the whole main pool area is covered in lilly pads.
Just to finish off Mataranka area - we had our 1st croc sighting - well it is a fresh water croc - supposed not to eat people. We weren't going to try that theory out & hop into the Roper R to see how safe it was!!