Manunda Rock Hole

Sunday, 16th June 2013
3 1/2 months on the road. In a way it’s been a long time since we left home. We have seen so much. We have experienced so much. Every day is different. On the other hand, we are half-way through our trip. Just 3 1/2 months until we need to be back in Brisbane. I start to worry – is there enough time to do everything we want to do? Perhaps we will have to cut out some of the areas we wanted to visit.

On the other hand, apart from our 1st of October commitment, we have no other deadlines. Up until Curtin Springs we have always been on deadlines. The Whitfield UWE, appointment in Port Macquarie, Winton for the start of the Kedron tag-a-long and then Curtin Springs to meet up with our travelling companions to go along the Great Central Road.

We now can enjoy every day as it comes along, not worrying what we will do tomorrow. We know we have the freedom to decide on a daily basis what we are going to do next.

It is also half time on our trip from Curtin Springs to Laverton. In a few days we will separate from our friends and go our separate ways. I really enjoyed travelling with Kay, Bruce, Chris and Val. Travelling in company adds a social element that we are missing when travelling on our own. Of course we meet people everywhere. But the continued interaction with people that you feel comfortable with is only possible after spending some time together.

As we are new to caravanning I also learn on a daily basis from these more experienced caravan travellers.

It has been raining over night, at times heavy, most of the time just a drizzle. Val and Bruce walked up to the road and checked out the conditions. Is it OK to keep on travelling or should we rest here for the roads to dry? They decided that the road was safe to travel on and we started packing up.

After leaving Yarla Kutjarra our first stop was for a geocache. These caches really add to the experience as we travel across the Outback Way. We spotted this windmill and immediately thought the cache must be located there. However this proved to be wrong.

You have three guesses to figure out where the cache could be…

Once again the spot was an interesting one and added to the exercise for the day.

A little bit down the track, the leading vehicle warned about camels on the road. By the time we arrived at the spot, the camels had moved to the side of the road.
(Lesley’s photo)

They watched us as we passed them at very slow speed. As I recently finished the book ‘The Camel who crossed Australia’ by Jackie French, I couldn’t help myself wondering whether these camels were descendants of Bell Sing, one of the camels let free to roam the Australian deserts when the Burke and Wills expedition failed in the 1870s. This book is a good read bringing this expedition in a fictional content. The story is being told by Dost Mahomet, a camel driver, John King, a soldier who was recruited in India when his health failed him and Bell Sing, one of the camels brought to Australia from Afghanistan as a beast of burden to assist the Burke and Wills expedition. The book of course is fiction and having the camel report the progress of the expedition adds a touch of humour to the story. Apparently the book is based on facts and should this really be the case, then Burke certainly does not deserve the fame that he enjoys.

Soon we arrived at Warburton Roadhouse. We refuelled and enjoyed a hot chocolate with a toasted sandwich. Even more we enjoyed internet. For me it was quite a surprise, apparently the others knew that there would be 3G coverage here. I was glad to send off my posts and to update our travelling maps on everytrail and catching up with email and facebook.

Our next stop was also a geocache site. We found an Angel Cache but not the original one.
(Lesley’s photo)

It was at the entrance of this cave that obviously is inhabited by either birds or bats, judging by the faeces deposited on the walls.

(Lesley’s photo)

Once we returned to the vehicles, we decided this was such a nice area, we might as well stay overnight. Once we were set up, Val, Lesley and I went for a walk to investigate the Manunda Rockhole that we heard about. It was on the opposite side of the road.

On the way to the rockhole, we noticed this little bird which Val later identified as a Hooded Robin.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

The Manunda Rockhole – the circle of rocks is just to prevent anybody from driving into the hole.
(Lesley’s photo)

Val found a piece of piping nearby to test the depth of the water – around 1 metre. There were 3 or 4 large tadpoles in the water, still with their long tails attached.

(Lesley’s photo)

We decided to explore the breakaway a bit more.
(Lesley’s photo)

We walked along the top and looked down to the campsite and
over the plains surrounding this breakaway.
(Lesley’s photo)

We notice more rockholes, not containing any water, but disappearing into the ground.
(Lesley’s photo)

Once more I enjoyed the walk, the scenery and the vegetation.

Now that we are in the Western Australian time zone, night falls early around 5pm. I expect an early sunrise tomorrow as well.

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