to Miinnie Creek Rest Area

Monday, 17th June 2013
We are still trying to get used to the Western Australian time zone. We were awake very early (Western Australian time) and left before 8am.

A geocache was once again our first stop. This time it was some 500 meters off the road.

The hint ‘liquid but not water’ soon had us locate the cache at the entry point to the ‘no water’ tank.

While Val and I explored the cache, Lesley was taking photos of the roadside.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

Heading further west we came to this sign – a Royal Flying Doctor Service emergency landing strip that shares the road.

Where the white gravel meets the bitumen, the landing strip starts. Give way to planes at this particular point!
(Lesley’s photo)

Soon we were approaching the Tjukayirla Roadhouse where we filled up with diesel and enjoyed their special ‘Steak sandwich with chips and salad’. This is a very tidy roadhouse with spotless toilets. They have an internet site giving current fuel prices and road conditions as well as weather information. At the time of our visit diesel was $2.25. Their facebook site is also an interesting read, giving some insights into the life of the couple that runs the roadhouse.

More signs about the RFDS landing strip.
(Lesley’s photo)

Parked at the roadhouse after refuelling.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

Once more a geocache provided a bit of exercise.

(Lesley’s photo)

We left Tjukayirla and noted these signs. This is the furthest distance between road houses anywhere along the western side of the Outback Way (Great Central Road).

The road varied between very good and good most of the way, the upgrade program is very much evident with a few roadworks for improving the Outback Way.

Next stop once again a way-finder geocache site ‘White Cross‘. While Val and I searched for the cache, the rest went up to the white cross.

From the cross and the cache site, beautiful views to the surrounding countryside.

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

The first cache I found was an Angel Cache where somebody had placed a new cache as they could not find the original cache and assumed that it had gone missing. Not far from it, I noticed these rocks that looked out of place. Sure enough, I found the original cache. I was uncertain how we should deal with this situation. Val decided to put a note into the Angel Cache that the original cache still existed and was near by.

We stopped at a nice camp ground, Minnie Creek Rest Area [CAW6
WA #702]. For the first time on this trip with our friends I dug the fire pit and lit and maintained the fire. Quite pleased with myself and how the fire went. We met another Kedron caravan couple, Phillip and Gae, from Queensland and enjoyed an evening in their company.

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4 Responses to to Miinnie Creek Rest Area

  1. Peter Wigant says:

    Dear Lesley and Erich,
    Such beautiful pictures and I like your comments! Pity about the mishaps with the car and the battery, but I guess you’re amply rewarded by the beautiful things you see and experience. You will have lots to tell when we meet again.

    All the best Peter and Denise

  2. Dot & George says:

    Good on you. Out and about and showing us what we are missing (for now) love your pics.x

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