Barkly Homestead to Wycliffe Well

Wycliffe Well Travel Blog

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Aliens
Although our trip to Wycliffe Well began earlier than we had expected and despite our initial concerns of travelling at night, the trip was very good. We encountered our first kangaroo about 15 minutes in the drive and it was safely negotiated as it hopped off the road out of our way. Surprisingly enough this was the only kangaroo we saw on this entire 4 hour drive, but we did encounter a few other wild animals, another 3 to be exact. A cow by the side of the road, a very quick lizard darting across the road and a not so quick frog which met with our windscreen were the only other traces of life we encountered. The rest must have been back at Barkley Homestead listening to Laurence the Australian Idol reject.
Balancing Rocks

The kids slept most of the way and the trip seemed to be very quick, but all things considered, we decided we would much rather travel during the day mainly due to safety reasons. These roads are notorious for wild animals and most have no fences mainly due to the shear size of some of the properties and the associated cost of fencing the animals. We actually met a nice woman at Barkly Homestead who worked on a cattle property which was 26 000 square kilometres in size, which is by no means large by Australian standards.

We had arranged for the owner of our next stay to leave a light on at our room and a key hidden in there letter box, we arrived there shortly before 1 am in the morning.

Cows
We got the kids to bed then had ourselves a drink before crashing ourselves. The kids woke up at about 6am so needless to say we were rather tired after what we had just done, but on a bright note, we had already arrived at that day’s destination. Wycliffe Well is one of those places which truly has to be seen to be believed and appreciated. They boast to be the UFO capital of Australia and have apparently had numerous siting of mysterious things in the area. Hence the whole place is designed to reflect this, with little green men, creatures and characters with mysterious backgrounds, why even Elvis has a statue here.

Breakfast was dished up by a Dutch backpacker working her way through the country, so Trish had me practicing my Dutch. We then travelled to see today’s highlight, the Devils Marbles, which is hard to describe, except to say interesting. They look really out of place amongst the surrounding bushland and some look like they have almost been placed on top of one another. After this we returned to the room and everyone was ready for a sleep, it’s just a shame that this never happens all at once. Trish watched the kids while I caught up on some sleep and then when it was my turn to look after the kids they fell asleep. In the afternoon we relaxed by having a swim and an early dinner, we were rested and ready for the next part of our trip, Alice Springs. We have arranged three nights at our next stay and we are looking forward to relaxing for a bit and seeing the area.

ice4swervin says:
Known as the Devils Marbles, they are definitely unique and literally in the middle of no where!
Posted on: Jun 18, 2008
alyssa_ob says:
What cool rock formations!
Posted on: Jun 18, 2008
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Aliens
Aliens
Balancing Rocks
Balancing Rocks
Cows
Cows
Split Rocks
Split Rocks
Scattered Rocks
Scattered Rocks
Devils Marbles 1
Devil's Marbles 1
Devils Marbles 2
Devil's Marbles 2
Devils Marbles 3
Devil's Marbles 3
Devils Marbles 4
Devil's Marbles 4
Wycliffe Well
photo by: Biedjee