Day 21 – The Birdsville Track Continues
In the distance I could see a small mountain range, which I figured should be Uwinya Hill and somewhere in-between would be Mungerannie Gap. A good sign I was getting close to the Mungerannie Hotel, fuel, food and a drink rest stop. Just then there was an old piece of corrugated iron standing erect on the side of the road with the word Fuel, painted in big black letters. Yes, now I knew I was close. Looking forward to sleeping on a flat surface, I’m a bit stiff and sore after last night in the Ute. My leg has gone numb again, so I need to rest. Being one day ahead of schedule, the opportunity to rest will be just what I need.
I saw two emus just before I reached the Uwinya Hill they didn’t mind at all me stopping and taking photos, they were busy eating. So far on this journey I haven’t seen a single wild camel. A few travellers have mentioned the same thing.
The Mungerannie Hotel was one kilometre off the Birdsville track and what a dusty old road it was. The entire place is just dust with the exception of the wetland over through the tree line. No Camping is allowed past the front of the tree line. They have showers, toilets, fuel, meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and cold drinks (well, it is a pub). There are cabins and campsites for everyone, caravans, trailers and campers. There were still a few campers here when I came in. I could have camped there last night for $10 and showered for an extra $5, Oh well, I’ll know for next time.
There are two incredibly funny things you see when you arrive. Firstly, a set of lights (second hand and obviously don’t work) and secondly, a huge ‘McDonalds Coming Soon’ sign next to the bus stop. It’s so funny, they must have a wicked sense of humour, I suppose you have to out here.
You’re welcomed here as if you were a long lost friend, outback folk are wonderful people. Every wall and the ceiling of the Hotel is adorned in memorabilia of some sort – hats, caps, notes, whips, just about everything. There is a sign on the bar, ‘you’re welcome to
take photos for a coin donation for the Flying Doctors’ and it’s just about full.
I’m now set-up for a couple of nights, and more if I need to. The only issue for me is no Telstra service only Optus same as at Gem Tree NT, only with no Wi-Fi. I’ll have no contact with Lan to download photos or blog until Wed 28th next week at Marree. There is a Telstra telephone box here and I still have a phone card with funds on it to ring the family……”Hi guys I’m safe”.
Please enjoy the photos.
Cheers Kenny Mac