Day 8, we left Boulia at 7:30 am heading west along the Donohue Highway. Today was going to be one of our longest drives.
Alice Springs is 806km away and there is not very much in between. The first exciting thing we came to was the border of the Northern Territory and Queensland after 3 hours of driving. I have never been to NT so it was pretty exciting.
As we crossed the border, the road changed names to the Plenty Highway. We started to see termite mounds in the bush on both sides of the road. We had heard about a big one along the way – but when we saw how big it was – it was HUGE! (Checkout the gallery)
We continued on towards the first fuel in 477km… Jervois Station, but about 80km before we got there, we blew another trailer tire
Dad is getting pretty quick at changing them now – but once again we had no spare – and we were still 400km away from any town.
We got fuel at Jervois and continued on carefully.
We stopped at Atitjere Aboriginal Community – where I got a Golden Gaytime and a Coke.
We finally got to some tarmac and drove the last 160Km into Alice Springs after 10 ½ hours driving.
Just out of Alice Springs we made 1 final stop, there is a marker on the side of the road showing where the line is for the Tropic of Capricorn.
Once we got to the Caravan Park we are staying in at Alice – we set up the tent and got to watch a show put on by a guy singing Australian bush songs. He played the guitar, a harmonica and sang, he was very good at all three.
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