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We travelled up north to the Devils Marbles...about 400ks from Alice Springs.  On the way, we stayed overnight at Ti Tree Roadhouse, which is one of the bigger Roadhouses/Truckstops with plenty of accomodation.  The restaurant served huge meals & the service was fantastic.  I must admit about the drive that i have never seen soo many dead kangaroos in one sitting!! 

We stopped at pretty much every roadhouse on the way as every one has a different theme.  The one i remember most clearly was the UFO themed roadhouse at Wycliffe Well.  the whole outside is decorated & painted with UFO-like objects.

WEIRDEST roadhouse i've ever seen. Ask me & i'll tell ya what it was like inside! the owners have been here for waaay too long! decided not to stay here
  When we walked inside, the owners hardly greeted us.  I think it was actually a grunt!  There is a 4 poster bed (in the restaurant area!) with a big stuffed gorilla on it with its arm around a blow up green alien doll.  next to that is a little room with probably 3,000 dolls from every single place in the world.  we were joking about the fact the dolls probably come alive at night.  Then there was a few walls covered with newspaper clippings from all the different UFO sightings that have taken place in Australia.  I started reading them but realised i'd be there for hours!  very interesting infact!  There was a visitors book and at the front section it had visitors signatures & reviews but then it turned in to a book where you wrote down the UFO sighting you saw there!  i asked the owner when the last sighting was and he said in November 2007 but didnt say much more.
look atop the rock in the distance in left and you will see a person there...they are TINY compared to these!
  We were there in February 2008.  haha we were going to stay there but we decided not too.  it was just too weird for me & my mum.

The Devils Marbles just go on & on!  i was just amazed!  In the pictures i saw before going, i only saw the same few ones and i thought they may have covered an area of 50m2, but i was completely wrong!  We first went there for sunset, was meant to be earlier but it took us longer to drive there than expected.  You only need a few hours there, but it got dark quite quickly.  You need to be careful if it gets dark & you do not have a torch as it is hard to find the safest way down from the rocks.  So, we went back the next morning for the sunrise and there was this misty haze as if it were smoke from a fire, which scared me for a little while as you could easily die if there were a fire especially if there's only 1 road out!  but we couldnt smell smoke so we knew we were okay.

The sun rising over the Devils Marbles...such an eerie haze over the entire state that day not even the locals could explain
  The locals couldnt even explain this eerie haze.  It may have been due to the fact it was still summer but the place was totally deserted which made it all the more special.  We climbed all over the marbles and they are not actually made from one big rock like Uluru, it is actually made up of thousands of little rocks stuck together.   I tapped on it with my ring & it almost sounded as though it was hollow.  its amazing how all the different rocks (Uluru, The Olgas, Ormiston Gorge, Devils Marbles) are consisted of completely different types of rock, though they are in the same area.  Take some mossie cream though!  especially as the sun begins to set they come out like you wouldnt believe.
this is the same view as the previous shot except during the sunrise the next day. Sunset wasnt enough for us. Note the white bus
  If you are from a colder country you will be surprised at the amount of flies.  But if you have one of those cork hats, or a mossie net to put over your head you'll be fine.  The flies go for moisture so they especially try to land on your eyes & mouth!  Do not let a little thing like this deter you though.  it truly is a unique site....to see the Rainbow Serpents Eggs....I certainly recommend it!  After seeing the Marbles for the sunset, we stayed at Wauchope Roadhouse which is the closest accomodation to the Marbles.  Room had air-con & meals were huge & cheap...what more can you ask for?!

On our way back we drove through Barrow Creek & saw the first ever telegraph station built in Australia.

The Aboriginies refer to these rocks as the rainbow serpents eggs...they are seriously spread out over miles & miles in every direction
  It is probably one of the oldest buildings in Australia...but dont quote me on that.  You may know the Diana Brimble & peter Falconio backpacking murder mystery case?  Well Barrow Creek is the roadhouse she came across when she escaped.  We met the lady who served her.  This roadhouse had $5 & $10 notes with signatures, drawings & letters ALL over the walls from all different kinds of travellers leaving their mark.  There is all sorts of other shenanigans on the walls too.  I swear there is thousands of dollars just there on the walls...prob more than the whole pub is worth!  I've never seen anything like it.  We certainly left our mark.   

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such precariously placed rocks its…
such precariously placed rocks it…
WEIRDEST roadhouse ive ever seen.…
WEIRDEST roadhouse i've ever seen…
look atop the rock in the distance…
look atop the rock in the distanc…
The sun rising over the Devils Mar…
The sun rising over the Devils Ma…
this is the same view as the previ…
this is the same view as the prev…
The Aboriginies refer to these roc…
The Aboriginies refer to these ro…
Sunset at the Marbles
Sunset at the Marbles
the size speaks for itself
the size speaks for itself
Devils Marbles
photo by: margmack