HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 26

Last week as you might know, I had a melt down!! Melt down being the operative words. Weeks & weeks of high temperatures finally had its toll on me. I struggled to stay hydrated and cool both day and night. The heat was relentless! 😩 My work in recovering from heat exhaustion is ongoing and our aim now is to arrive home in a better state of mind!

So, we stopped at Mataranka Thermal Pool. Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘What are you doing going to a thermal pool when it’s very hot?’ The answer is simple. The thermal pool is cooler!!

I can’t explain what this did for me. I’m sure my body sizzled as it hit the water and I stayed there till I was all wrinkled like a prune! Beautiful!

HDP Wk 25, (3 of 17) August 2015

Mataranka Thermal Pool – an Oasis in the desert

HDP Wk 25, (4 of 17) August 2015

Travellers taking it easy

HDP Wk 25, (2 of 17) August 2015

Look up and float away

HDP Wk 25, (5 of 17) August 2015

I felt delirious when I saw greenery – I’d forgotten what it looked like 🙂

HDP Wk 25, (7 of 17) August 2015

There’s even a bar there. What more could you want?

It was too early for a drink, but we had a late lunch there and they were most accommodating with my Gluten Free diet. I was very impressed with that!

We also stopped at Daly Waters which is worth a trip just to see it. There’s nothing much there, but you’ll see what I mean.

HDP Wk 25, (11 of 17) August 2015

The local ‘Outback Servo’

HDP Wk 25, (10 of 17) August 2015

One side of the street 🙂

HDP Wk 25, (12 of 17) August 2015

Sign on the shack with the helicopter on top. Good sense of humour 🙂

HDP Wk 25, (13 of 17) August 2015

The pub build in 1930 on the other side.

HDP Wk 25, (14 of 17) August 2015

Inside the pub. Check out the spelling!

HDP Wk 25, (15 of 17) August 2015

Visitors attach their currency, business cards etc to leave their mark in the pub. It’s interesting to read them, as people have come here from all comers of the world!

HDP Wk 25, (16 of 17) August 2015

A cosy section of the pub with an open fire for winter warmth

HDP Wk 25, (17 of 17) August 2015

A local in the verandah wondering how much money was tied up in passing caravans!

HDP Wk 25, (9 of 17) August 2015

A corner in the courtyard worth relaxing in with a cold beer!

Well, now you’ve seen Daly Waters without travelling there! 😀

Just before we crossed the border from the Northern Territory (NT) to Queensland (QLD) we saw this sign and had to smile.

sign, (1 of 1) August 2015

The Northern Territory has Frilled Neck Lizards and this is how they like them 🙂

We finally crossed the border from the Northern Territory to Queensland. So here is their respective welcome signs!

NT border

QLD Border

Cooler weather is now in site 😄

After conferring, we decided to head for the cooler climate of the east coast of Queensland and abort plans of travelling further inland. So, our journey will continue – hopefully at a reasonable temperature  😊

I’ll keep writing to a minimum and give you links to places so it’s easy reference for you to look up if you’re interested in a particular location.

As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂


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My passion has been for many, many years landscape photography so when the chance came up to retire early, in order to travel, I took it! It made sense then to marry the two (travel and photography) and create this blog. I hope you enjoy it :)
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17 Responses to HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 26

  1. Debbie H says:

    So glad to hear that your are feeling much better now, the photos of the pool looks gorgeous. I have yet to see that sort of outback but your photos bring it alive. Enjoy your travels.

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  2. macmsue says:

    I’m sure that “local” was at the Daly Waters Pub when we were there. It’s so hard to believe that at this time someone in Aus. could be heat stressed, it’s so cold down south and even FNQ. was very mild for us a few weeks ago but I do suffer in the heat so can sympathize.:-)

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  3. lulu says:

    You whet my appetite to visit Australia. In case I don’t make it, I’m happy to share your travels.

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  4. GF-Chopstix says:

    Looks like an intriguing community. Very dry out there. Enjoy the cooler weather.

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  5. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for taking us along! What a nice pool to cool down 🙂

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  6. Lignum Draco says:

    I understand about the heat and hope you recover soon. I remember making the trip to Kings Canyon and as I was only there for 1 day, I had to climb it. The ranger’s sign said the temp was 38 degrees up the top. I sighed and climbed it anyway. What other choice do you have when you may never go there again?
    Great photos.

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    • If you’re there for one day only, you have to climb it, and thirty eight degrees is doable for a day only. You have the memory of both: the climb and the temperature. Kings Canyon is beautiful – we’ve been there before so didn’t go there this trip 😊


  7. kazg10 says:

    Glad to see you are recovering Sonia. Love your photos. You have captured the uniqueness of our Australian outback perfectly 🙂

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  8. RuthsArc says:

    Lovely to read this post, with your positivity back in place and usual wonderful photos. The thermal pools sound perfect. Thanks for sharing another little piece of your beautiful country.

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