We had a leisurely start to the day because we only intended to travel a couple of hundred kms and figured we had plenty of time. Along with many others we topped up our fuel at the General Store then headed out to the start of the Birdsville Track.
About 60 kms up the road we stopped at the Lake Harry ruins to look for a geocache and stretch my back. The only water we saw was leaking out of a bore pump and it was being appreciated by a flock of Zebra Finches.
We crossed the Dog Fence which I don’t believe would deter any dingo determined to travel south then we entered the Lake Eyre catchment area. We missed two wetlands, one at Dulkaninna the other at Clayton because the only signs we saw were to the homesteads. There is supposed to be an extensive wetlands here at Mungarannie as well as a hot pool but I don’t think the pool has been operating for a while. There is some water in the wetlands but it’s clear that at times there is far more. Our fly nets came out for the first time.
We saw a plane land, and discovered that it was the Flying Doctor coming in for a clinic. The publican was given his flu vaccination and a Vitamin B injection as well as having blood taken for testing. His partner had blood pressure checks. The plane was continuing on to Dulkanina for a clinic there.
The Mungarannie Hotel is a classic with an amazing array of hats covering the ceiling as well as other purloined and donated memorabilia. There is no power for campers but the facilities are excellent. I appreciated the wonderful shower and even changed my clothes before going to the pub for dinner.
The stars in at 4:30 in the morning were simply mind blowing!