Well, the middle of the night is probably not the best time to arrive anywhere, but when we called from Barkly Homestead
and explained the situation to them, they were really great about it all. We were lucky the cabin we had booked for the next night was available, as the previous night everything had been booked solid!
The trip from Barkly Homestead to Wycliffe Well went pretty quickly. Reagan watched a movie for the first part of it and fell asleep after that, and Jordan slept all the way there. This meant no stops apart from the one when we had to go to the toilet (Threeways), so it was a lot faster than usual.
And even though we travelled at night and that is the time you would expect to see some wildlife, again we didn’t see anything apart from the cow by the side of the road that I nearly hit….
We got to Wycliffe Well at a pretty reasonable time (around 1am), and everything was exactly how it had been described to me on the phone so we found our cabin easily. It was huge! One double room, one room with two bunk beds and a wardrobe, and a large lounge/dining/kitchen area, a bathroom and a covered enclosed outside area. We quickly unpacked the necessities after putting Reagan and Jordan to bed, had a drink and went to sleep.
The next morning we got to see the place properly, and it was a big surprise. Apparently Wycliffe Well is the UFO capital of Australia, and they play into that quite a bit. There were murals and statues all over the place to do with space travel, but also of other things that people have “seen”.
Who said Elvis was dead?
Elvis, the Phantom, the Hulk, etc. It was all very well done. Inside there were a lot of newspaper articles about UFO sightings, and about the park itself. They also had a lot of animals, so we went to see them first. Then we went into the restaurant for a nice cooked breakfast, and it turned out the “cook” was a Dutch girl on a working holiday, so we chatted a bit in Dutch. After that we went to see the Devil’s Marbles, which were quite impressive. That was really the only thing to do in the area, so afterwards we went back to the park and went for a swim. In the pool (which was freezing!) we met some Irish people who were on a trip around Australia. After our swim we went for a drink and a meal in the bar, and then it was back to getting the kids to sleep and packing… We left after fuelling up at around 7.20am.