We left the van (which we have now named Jackaroo) in Leigh Creek so we could go to Arkaroola on some fairly rough and corrugated dirt roads.
Our first trip in the new tent without power and a chance to use all our new gadgets, like the solar panels to charge the Thumper (battery) to power the fridge and the LED strip lights. All worked perfectly. We had an amazing spot among the Gammon Ranges, watching the sunrise over one of the peaks every morning and a full moon rising over the same peak every night was pretty special. Very cold at night, had us all snuggled up close in the tent. Mice were everywhere at night, crawling all over the tent trying to get in. Fortunately the tent held up well and kept them out – we were very diligent in keeping the tent zipped up at all times! Spoke to many campers who were sharing their tent
with rogue mice– YUK!!
Heaps of bird life here from huge Wedge to tiny Red Hooded Robins – we brought an Australian Bird book and are all learning heaps.
We did the 5km Acacia Ridge walk which was spectacular and a bit nerve racking at the actual ridge. Meet George the helicopter pilot who offered to show the boys in the chopper. Definite highlight for them!
Our first time in doing some fun 4WDing when we headed out to Nooldoonooldoona Waterhole – wow what a mouthful. Mike did fantastic job driving Charlie (the 4WD) and loved it.
We spent the last night with our camp neighbours John and Marlene from Bendigo chatting for hours around our campfire, eating Easter eggs and drinking Musket, they gave us some great advice on places to go.