Saturday, 23 June 2012

Oz Trip - Day 53

Day 53 – 23/6/2012 – Bitter Springs and Mataranka

After being pretty worn out from the day before we had a bit of a sleep in. After breakfast we headed off to Bitter Springs for a swim. The water in Bitter Springs is a constant 34deg. So no where near as hot as Lightening Ridge and not as cool as at Coward Springs.

Also at Bitter Springs there is a bit of a current so that you can lazily float down stream. The best way to do this is with a pool noodle which can be rented for a massive $1 from the Bitter Springs van park. The experience was fantastic. The water was so clear it was unbelievable. Luckily there weren't that many people in the springs. Unfortunately you had to get out of the warm water and run back up the path for a 100m or so which was pretty chilly in the wind.

Bitter Springs

Noodling in Bitter Springs

How clear is that water
We ended up noodling down the springs about 4 or 5 times. By this time it was just after midday so we headed back to camp for lunch.

We also spotted another Carp logo in the Bitter Springs carpark


I finally had some time to do a bit of research to try and find out who "The CARP" was.  Unfortunately he still remains a mystery man but I am not the only one who has noticed is mark.  Follow the Explore OZ link for more info.

After lunch we headed off to the Mataranka Homestead to check out the Mataranka Springs pool. The pool was a lot smaller and a lot more formed with concrete edging and paving etc. The water also wasn't as clear because of the number of people swimming in there. It was also a lot more shaded.

The Mataranka Springs pool.
At the Mataranka Homestead we also ran into Michelle and Normie Wales from work. It was such a coincidence. We knew that they were doing a trip up through the NT area as well and roughly when they were leaving, but we didn't think that we would actually see them on the road at all.

We also found out at the National Park that we were staying in, the caretakers were from Burrum Heads and there were two other groups of people from Bundaberg! Is there anyone still left in Bundaberg!!

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