We made it!!!
Oh my golly gosh, we were so excited that we finally crossed the Norther Territory’s border. Yes, we grabbed the iconic photo with the kids standing out the front of the welcome sign. We were absolutely stoked to be here, after two years and many plans that had been squashed, we had finally made it.
So why did it take us so long? Well like most places there are optimum times for visiting and we certainly did not want to visit the NT during the rainy season and with covid happening our plans to explore the NT kept getting shut down. We knew we wanted at least five months to explore and see as much as we could before it started to get too hot and humid. One day we would like to experience a summer in the top end but not for our first experience.
Our first stop was the Kulgera Pub, which was just 20 kilometres across the state border. This pub is your typical Aussie outback pub with all the quirks that make it enjoyable and photo-worthy. From bras that hang from the ceiling to cheeky slang sayings posted around the pub. Dan was a tad disappointed as the pub only sells Australian made beers so he missed out on his tap VB. Don’t worry he made do.
Conveniently we were able to stay at the back of the pub. The accommodation name is Kulgera Roadhouse and Caravan. The park is very basic but does offer power and water hookups although I would advise that you don’t drink the water. Even after boiling it, it is very salty so make sure you come with full tanks.
After our, night stay at Kulgera we continued heading North with Alice Springs as our destination but not without a few stops first. With the temperatures being quite cold at night we did like to grab a powered site if we could so we could run the heater. So instead of free camping, we stopped at Stuarts Well Roadhouse. This camp spot is basic and doesn’t have the greatest reviews but unfortunately, you are not really spoilt for choice down here at the bottom of the NT.
One thing that makes up for the not so great camp spots is the amazing landscape and the stunning sunsets. We were blown away when the sky lit up red one night at Stuarts Well. This was so bright it was nearly unbelievable, like a red flame that was bursting across the sky. I still am in awe at how absolutely stunning this was. It really is the little things that make travelling so bloody awesome.
We went to bed with full hearts that night and were so grateful that we were able to experience these amazing moments with our family……. Next stop is Alice Springs.
Make sure you check out our next journey update for all the places we visited in Alice Springs, there are some great spots that you will want to add to your bucket list.
Kylie and Dan