25.06.2014 33 °C
I was up early again to finish packing. Hilaire was all sorted as she was leaving us today to fly to Cairns. She was to catch the shuttle bus out to the airport. On the road about 8:00 am, but a call from Hilaire had me doing a Uee to go back as I had left something in the apartment. We then filled up at the 1st servo and hit the road. South out through Palmerston, past Rum Jungle and Adelaide River. We were in Pine Creek by smoko. So a refuel and an early lunch. Then south again, with the next stop at Mataranka for another refuel. With only 160 kms to go, we got into Daly Waters by 4:00 pm. Checked into our rooms, I went and checked out the old WWII air strip and “the Stuart Tree”. A tree supposedly marked by John McDowell Stuart on his final and successful exploration to reach Port Darwin from Adelaide. It apparently has an “S” carved into it.
Back to the famous “Daly Waters Pub” where the live entertainment started about 5:30pm. There's live entertainment every night here. A great entertainer, singing all sorts of stuff, telling jokes and even some poetry. We all opted for the $29.00 BBQ. I had Barra, I & E had half 'n half. (Beef & Barra). The salad bar was a also great.
The entertainment continued with another singer/Guitarist playing some fabulous 50s & 60s numbers. Playing to an audience me thinks. Most people there were the Grey a Nomads...... Just like us. A fabulous night all round. Can recommend too anyone travelling this part of the country to stop and spend a night at “Daly Waters Pub”
A good 600+ kms done today. A couple of Jamesons for night-caps and into bed.