Friday, 10 August 2012

Van Eyk's 5 - Barra Nil!

Martin and Sue update us with some terrific photos, travel tales and a long awaited Barra 'fight to the death'! FB

 Hi all

We are in Darwin at the Free Spirit Caravan Park. 

We travelled from Birdsville to Mt Isa Then to Daly Waters and Mataranka via Cape Crawford. From there we ventured off to Daly River to catch the ever elusive Barramundi. This was our second attempt to reach Daly River, 17 years ago (1995) we were on our way to Daly River to catch our first Barramundi when we were run off the road by a truck. The car ended up on it's side and the camper trailer on it's roof. We did not make it to Daly river and headed back to Darwin with our tail between our legs, 17 years later we are still waiting to catch our first Barra, so this one is very high on the bucket list.

 From Daly River we travelled to Adelaide River where we checked out an interesting war museum and railway museum. Then on to Darwin to check out the war museum, take the ferry across to Mandurah to taste the beer over there, catch up with some friends and relatives living up here and recharge the batteries before we attack the Gib River Road..   

Birdsville Racecourse

Crossing the Daly River

Douglas Hot Springs on the way to Daly River 

 Interesting pubs in the outback, have tested the beer in all of them and I have not found any that failed the test yet

Underground hospital in Mt Isa built during WWII in case the Japanese bombed the real hospital 

Cute nurse huh?

 Station Owners in these parts are very creative in decorating their front gates 

You need to be careful where you park your car in Mt. Isa

 Lake Mondarrah in Mt Isa 

Northern Territory Border

 They don't like you using the truck bowsers at Barkly Homestead. Us grey nomads need the pictures

Free camping at little river near Cape Crawford, lovely spot but you need to get there early

 Mission accomplished. We finally caught some Barramundi 17 years after our first attempt at Daly River, Yoohoo……..

Martin's first Barra 68cm   

Sue's first Barra 66cm

 Martin's second Barra 76cm

 Sue's second Barra 55cm 

 Martin wins!
 All in all we caught 5 Barra and had another 6 that got away including a monster that could have been over 1 metre.

Another thing that we can cross off the bucket list, not the last time we will go fishing for Barra though, watch this space.

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