Dan In The South Pacific 2006 travel blog

The Daly Waters Traffic Light, The most remote traffic light in Australia

Mataranka Thermal Spring

Termite Mounds

We left Banka Banka before 7:00 am and drove. We had one short stop for fuel and then drove on to Daly Waters where we had lunch. Daly Waters is a significant town because it was once bustling during WWII but is now just a slow town. It was home to the first International airport in Australia and has the longest serving pub in Australia as well. It also has the countries most remote traffic light, evidence of its prior population. It is always red and the locals apparently laugh because some tourists stop at the light.

After lunch we drove on and saw some more termite mounds. We then drove to Elsey National Park where we stopped so that some people could have a swim in the Mataranka Thermal springs. At this point the vegetation was becoming more apparent and it was less and less the desert of central Australia. After leaving the hot spring we drove on to Katherine which had flooded during picking season when I was in NZ. There was no real evidence of the floods and shows that the locals are somewhat used to the floods and can recover quickly. We drove on to our campsite for the night and then got a chance to rest.

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