Barkly Homestead Travel Blog› entry 10 of 39 › view all entries
Because I was too tired I didn't write anything for this day, so I used the report my ex-husband Merv wrote....
Today our trip ventured further along the Barkly Highway to Barkly Homestead, at least that is where we had planned to stay. Our drive went well and about 200 kilometres into the trip we reached the Queensland (Qld) / Northern Territory (NT) border. I must say I was a little disappointed, I thought I’d see a sign with a line on it saying Qld this side NT the other and I envisaged that I would stand with one foot either side. What I got was a cattle grid with two signs either side about 100 metres apart, one welcoming you to the NT as you drove west and the other welcoming you to Qld as you drove East.
Once we hit the NT, the speed limit is lifted and you are allowed to drive at any speed you like. We were told the roads were very good and wide and therefore the safe for higher speeds. I was a little disappointed about the condition of the roads as I had expected to have unusually wide roads with some special surface especially made to encourage speed. Well the roads were by and large the same, although generally there were very long straight stretches of road which made it seem much better for speed.
The further we ventured west the more we expected to see wild animals, and I must say that I was disappointed; apart from the occasional cow we didn’t even see a kangaroo (live one) let alone an Emu or that elusive Brolga.
Once we arrived at Barkly Homestead at about 1pm, we were informed that a bi-annual event was on, a meeting of all the local area’s women had gathered for a bit of a get together. We were told that they would have dinner that night and a few drinks after and they might be noisy, in the bar we presumed. It wasn’t until later on that we realised that there was entertainment in the form of Laurence, an Australian Idol contestant from last year, performing outside on a stage with amplified music about 50 metres away from the back of our cabin.
By 7pm we had two kids awake because of the music and it wasn’t getting any quieter. We had tried to order meals but received rude and abrupt service, which was not appreciated and we had decided there wasn’t too much we could do about the situation.