Timber Creek freshies

Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
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Trip End Dec 05, 2011


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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday morning saw us packing up slowly while the kids had a tv-fest, and Benjamin had another lovely soak in the bathtub.

En-route to tonight's destination of the glamourous Timber Creek roadhouse, we stopped off at the Argyll Dam, which holds back an enormous body of water, about 20 times the size of Sydney Harbour.  The dam itself is very small, and constructed to blend perfectly with the red rocks of the Kimberley. We had a really nice picnic by the dam before piling in the car and heading to Timber Creek. 

Forgetting that there is 1.5 hours time difference between Western Australia and the Northern Territory, we rolled into Timber Creek just in time for crocodile feeding on the very rickety iron bridge spanning the creek next to the campsite.  There were 4 freshwater crocs floating almost motionless in the water, waiting for the meat to be dangled close to them, before snapping it off and diving underwater.  Zach very bravely held the stick with the meat on it and fed 2 crocs. Jamie was less than keen having had a nightmare about crocs and snakes.  Having said that the 'freshies' were considerably smaller and more refined looking than their ugly terrifyingly huge saltwater relatives.

Timber Creek roadhouse was an experience.  Alex and Andrew died with laughter when they turned up to see us sitting outside our 'room', opposite where all the road trains pull in to fuel up.  It was interesting though - several huge road trains pulling cattle turned up, the boys enjoyed a well deserved ice cream and we had a few beers, sitting on white plastic chairs enjoying the atmosphere of an authentic Aussie road house. - Once again I was just happy to have a bed and a kettle for sorting out Benjamin's bottles.
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