Day 8 – Tennant Creek to Mataranka

This leg of our journey is one of the longest with over 6 hours of driving. There are now more road kills along the road as we head further up north. It was surprising that there were so little wildlife along the way up to Tennant Creek. But there is more activity now with raptors gliding up around the road waiting for the opportunity to get road kills; which are now mainly kangaroos and wallabies. At a small town, we encountered flying foxes on trees just off the road. We just had to stop to take some photos of them. They are just so cute.

It is also getting consistently hotter and it was a relief when we arrived at Mataranka. This place is known for its thermal springs and we took the opportunity to soak in the pools to sooth our achy bones. Dianne (with her MS) does not travel well with constant pain and cramps in a siting position. The weightlessness of the thermal pools was such a welcome relief for her.