Day 2 – William Creek and Coward Springs

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Road restrictons sign

On the morning of the second day we hit our first dirt road, Roxby Downs to Bopeechee.  As we drove further into the outback, the vegetation grew scarce, until we could only see red soil all around us.  The scenery was impressive, I’ve never seen anything like it expect in the movies, Wolf Creek for example… it was hard not to think of it.  We took some photos of a straight stretch of road going to infinity but it’s not quite the same as standing in the middle of the road and being able to see all around you.  Further along, we took a left turn into Oodnadatta track and we discovered one of many Station Yards for The Old Ghan Railway track, Curdimurka Siding.

Outback dirt road
  The Old Ghan linked Port Augusta to Alice Springs and was used significantly during World War II with war-time traffic soaring from 3 to 56 trains per week.  The Siding of Curdimurka is the most intact, still including the station yard, the water treatment plant, tower and water tank.  It doesn’t look like it’ll remain that way though, as the tower leans to one side like the tower of Pisa.  Before reaching our camping grounds at Coward Springs, we made one more stop to see a natural water spring called the Blanche Cup and another one near by called the Bubbler, because you can see the bubbles forming through a bed of sand and escape into the air, just like farts in a bathtub after curry and beer night… but without the bad smell :-) we’re all guilty!

 

Coward Springs was pretty cool, except for those annoying flies!  We decided to have lunch, and as soon as we got out of the car they were onto us, like flies on shit, actually that’s a bad analogy.

strange feeling just standing in the road and looking at nothing as far as you can see
  I tried to fight them but I soon gave up and let them crawl all over my face.  On the contrary, Alan would not back down, and kept slapping fresh air insulting the little creatures.  He cracked me up, what’s the point in telling them to piss off, they are not going to turn around and leave you alone with an apology… they don’t understand English for a start!  Here, give ‘em a banana skin and an empty tin of tuna instead, it worked for me.

 

After lunch we drove another 70ish kilometres north and reached Williams Creek, which is basically a pub and hotel in the middle of nowhere, time for a beer, yeepee!  This pub is great, has lots of history and all walls and ceilings are entirely covered with photo id’s and personal items of travellers who stopped here.

Curdimurka Siding
   By personal items I mean anything, from shades, wrist watches, belts and hats to t-shirts, pants, knickers and bras!  You could easily spend hours (and beer money) looking at all the junk pinned up on the walls, what a great idea.  Unfortunately I didn’t feel comfortable taking photos, so you can only see the outside of the pub.

 

We got back to Coward Spring and set up our camp. Much to our contempt, the flies disappeared… only to be replaced by even more irritating and hungry mosquitoes!  Oh, they love Italian food!  Bet they don’t often get a treat like me, it’s nice to be appreciated.  Anyway, I set up my tent and decided to have a crack at lighting up the fire, though Damien was quite keen to show me how it’s done without any matches.

The old Ghan info board
  He had a spark-stone and some wool, which worked a treat, then he pulled out a hot plate and cooked some lovely juicy stakes.  I wished I had bought some meat, but I didn’t know if we were going to cook on the fire, so I had the simplest dish you can cook on anything: ready made tin soup, I felt like a right tit! :-) what a dip stick.  Never mind, I did get a taste of a left over stake and some of Marion’s sausages.  These guys are pretty well prepared when it comes to camping out in the bush, they both have everything one can need and more.

hummingbird50 says:
I agree with Alice...I am still all for that tent! :) See you always learn something new from these great camping friends! Humbling always...but it is all in the learning:) Great adventure thanks for sharing! :)
Posted on: Nov 08, 2008
alicegourmet says:
sorry...I post the comment on the wrong page...should be on your DAY 2 page! LOL!
Posted on: Nov 05, 2008
alicegourmet says:
The notorious curry & beer combo! Hilarious! There another U.S. notorious bubbler version is Brussel sprout saute with shallot or nuts...the family can have the symphony all together after the Thanksgiving dinner! LOL!
Posted on: Nov 05, 2008
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On the morning of the second day we hit our first dirt road, Roxby Downs to Bopeechee.  As we drove further into the outback, the vegetation grew scarce, until we could only see red soil all around us.  The scenery was impressive, I’ve never seen anything like it expect in the movies, Wolf Creek for example… it was hard not to think of it.  We took some photos of a straight stretch of road going to infinity but it’s not quite the same as standing in the middle of the road and being able to see all around you.  Further along, we took a left turn into Oodnadatta track and we discovered one of many Station Yards for The Old Ghan Railway track, Curdimurka Siding.

Water Tower and Tank
  The Old Ghan linked Port Augusta to Alice Springs and was used significantly during World War II with war-time traffic soaring from 3 to 56 trains per week.  The Siding of Curdimurka is the most intact, still including the station yard, the water treatment plant, tower and water tank.  It doesn’t look like it’ll remain that way though, as the tower leans to one side like the tower of Pisa.  Before reaching our camping grounds at Coward Springs, we made one more stop to see a natural water spring called the Blanche Cup and another one near by called the Bubbler, because you can see the bubbles forming through a bed of sand and escape into the air, just like farts in a bathtub after curry and beer night… but without the bad smell :-) we’re all guilty!

 

Coward Springs was pretty cool, except for those annoying flies!  We decided to have lunch, and as soon as we got out of the car they were onto us, like flies on shit, actually that’s a bad analogy.

  I tried to fight them but I soon gave up and let them crawl all over my face.  On the contrary, Alan would not back down, and kept slapping fresh air insulting the little creatures.  He cracked me up, what’s the point in telling them to piss off, they are not going to turn around and leave you alone with an apology… they don’t understand English for a start!  Here, give ‘em a banana skin and an empty tin of tuna instead, it worked for me.

 

After lunch we drove another 70ish kilometres north and reached Williams Creek, which is basically a pub and hotel in the middle of nowhere, time for a beer, yeepee!  This pub is great, has lots of history and all walls and ceilings are entirely covered with photo id’s and personal items of travellers who stopped here.

Blanche Cup, natural spring
   By personal items I mean anything, from shades, wrist watches, belts and hats to t-shirts, pants, knickers and bras!  You could easily spend hours (and beer money) looking at all the junk pinned up on the walls, what a great idea.  Unfortunately I didn’t feel comfortable taking photos, so you can only see the outside of the pub.

 

We got back to Coward Spring and set up our camp. Much to our contempt, the flies disappeared… only to be replaced by even more irritating and hungry mosquitoes!  Oh, they love Italian food!  Bet they don’t often get a treat like me, it’s nice to be appreciated I guess.  Anyway, I set up my tent and decided to have a crack at lighting up the fire, though Damien was quite keen to show me how it’s done without any matches.

The Bubbler
  He had a spark-stone and some wool, which worked a treat, then he pulled out a hot plate and cooked some lovely juicy stakes.  I wished I had bought some meat, but I didn’t know if we were going to cook on the fire, so I had the simplest dish you can cook on anything: ready made tin soup, I felt like a right tit! :-) what a dip stick.  Never mind, I did get a taste of a left over stake and some of Marion’s sausages.  These guys are pretty well prepared when it comes to camping out in the bush, they both have everything one can need and more.

alicegourmet says:
The notorious curry & beer combo! Hilarious! There another U.S. notorious bubbler version is Brussel sprout saute with shallot or nuts...the family can have the symphony all together after the Thanksgiving dinner! LOL!
Posted on: Nov 05, 2008
Road restrictons sign
Road restrictons sign
Outback dirt road
Outback dirt road
strange feeling just standing in t…
strange feeling just standing in …
Curdimurka Siding
Curdimurka Siding
The old Ghan info board
The old Ghan info board
Water Tower and Tank
Water Tower and Tank
Blanche Cup, natural spring
Blanche Cup, natural spring
The Bubbler
The Bubbler
Bubblers creek
Bubbler's creek
Hot water heater for showers
Hot water heater for showers
Toilets and showers at Coward Spri…
Toilets and showers at Coward Spr…
Damn flies!
Damn flies!
Coward Springs natural mineral wat…
Coward Springs natural mineral wa…
William Creek
William Creek
Another great sunset
Another great sunset
L to R: Alan, Damien and Marian
L to R: Alan, Damien and Marian
Note the sign Rubbish Dump point…
Note the sign 'Rubbish Dump' poin…
William Creek
photo by: JPLfr13