Monday, May 27, 2013

Mataranka to Pine Creek

Another day of driving but at least it's a pretty short day. We stopped in Katherine to do some shopping and have lunch. This is another location we are coming back after Darwin so not need to check it out today. Then it was onto Pine Creek. This is another town that was born out of the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line from Adelaide in the south to Darwin in the north. In 1871 workers digging holes for the telegraph line found gold in the soil, triggering another Australian gold rush. But as most gold rush towns when the gold runs out the towns gets pretty small pretty quickly. We are staying at the Lazy Lizard caravan park. It's quite nice here and starting to look a bit more tropical with palms and green grass. This town also has an interesting tavern. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing but the tree we are camped next to has bats (flying foxes) in it !!!
Lazy Lizard Tavern - Pine Creek

This old piano has seen better days!