. The guy Scott (who we nicknamed Saint Scott) had his hydraulic lift which lifted Lulu out of the dirt, got the bolt from his truck stuck it where ours should have been, then he welded the chains back on and away we could go! All done in 30 half an hour, at a stretch. No other car passed us the whole time Scott fixed the trailer. Blessed I reckon. We were all thankful it wasn’t another expensive repair and we weren’t sleeping roadside.
We were all thankful to arrive at the Millstream NP, lush, green, tranquil so different to Karajini’s hauntingly beautiful yet strange and harsh landscape. Millstream-Chichester NP – is an inland oasis set within the harsh and rugged terrain of this remote location. What a special place! Over centuries it has been a gathering place for many different Aboriginal tribes. The Yindjibarndi people consider the place to one of the most culturally significant places in Northern WA - as it is home of the Warlu – the mythological serpent. Millstream is set amongst the paperbark gums, date palms, ferns, snappy gums and hundreds of other varieties of trees and shrubs. The Fortescue river runs strongly through the NP with a string of deep spring fed pools lined with lush palms and eucalypts. In the spring pools the water is so clear, so clean and you can see fish way down deep below, and their are lovely lily pads everywhere. Magical. It is a rich natural resource of spring waters, fish, birds, reptiles and insects. Of the 35 different species of dragonflies 34 live in the Millstream NP!
In the mid 1800's a sheep Station was built on 400,000 hectares of the land. The station owners allowed the Aboriginal people to continue their corrborees and initiation ceremonies at the site, well that’s what we were told anyway
. The indigengious people of this land have been coming to this area since before the Pyramids were built. Wow! Nowadays the traditional owners of the land still have a strong connection to the land and play a role in managing the National Park. Indeed a its a magical place. We often feel truly blessed to be on this adventure and to see so many amazing and magical places. Australia is a phenomenal ancient land. We are continually grateful for the opportunity to explore and connect with such amazing places - we are incredibly lucky, in many ways.
On the way out of Karajini we took a very rough and corrugated road to Millstream-Chichester NP. We had an accident, everyone was ok. Kind of one of those nightmarish things that crosses your mind but you never really expect to happen – our camper trailer disconnected from the car. Well the bolt holding the tow bar to the car came loose and the trailer wriggles off. Yep pretty scary! Ant handled it very well and noticed it straight away. We veered to the left and Ant brought Lucy to a grinding halt. We all jumped out to see Lulu a metre away from the back of the car with her front end smashed into the gravelly road. Oh O!!! Ant assessed the damage and worked out he could do a bit of bush mechanics and get us back on the road. Lucky it was lunchtime as it was going to take a while. It would involve using the high lift jack – new to Ant. We hadn't seen any vehicles on the road only a couple of mining 4wds. Within 5 minutes a truck came along, or should I say a mechanics on wheels