A drive into the Never Never

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Nothing for miles around

We picked up the hire car this morning, and there was a great deal of amusement due to the fact that we'd asked for the smallest and cheapest car. We got a big family saloon that was not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.

We set off for Mutawintji National Park, and as soon as we left Broken Hill we were in the remote outback. The road was very quiet, passing only one or two 4WD's along the way. Soon we left the sealed road and were on a red dirt track. This we followed for about 20/30 kms, a little more sealed road, then back off road for about another 70 kms.  Just driving along these roads gave us a true sense of how remote the Australian outback is. Once we left the main highway we didn't see another car.  On the way we passed flocks of emus, some sheep and some cattle.

Mutawintji - a dry river bed
As we drove along the orange road, we almost ran over a snake, and we all got out to watch it slither into some scrub.

The road we travelled on was generally good considering it was little more than a dirt track; we had to drive through a few muddy patches that would have been impossible had there been any more rain. Eventually we arrived at the NP, and were the only ones there. We stopped at the info centre, which consisted of a few info boards and a picnic table, and had our lunch. We then drove to the start of a short walk, which took us to rocky gorges where we found Aboriginal drawings and handprints. We continued on for a while along a sandy streambed, but by this time it was very hot, so we sat in the shade and chatted with Thomas and Sabina for a while. They are very friendly and interesting people, telling us about their organic farm in Austria, where they grow various types of seeds and press them to make linseed, sunflower and canola oil.

Whilst here in the park, we were surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of remote outback. It is easy to understand how some people get into great difficulty out here without the right provisions and transport. If we had broken down, we would have had a long wait.

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Nothing for miles around
Nothing for miles around
Mutawintji - a dry river bed
Mutawintji - a dry river bed
Mutawintji National park
Mutawintji National park
At a cave with aboriginal markings
At a cave with aboriginal markings
A true outback road
A true outback road
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photo by: roamingduck