We left the camp at Pungalina Station and bounced our way back on the rocky road to the Savannah Way or "The Top Road" as it is also called and drove for 456k to Lorella Springs. (see map). It is still a gravel road.
That evening we arrived at Lorella Springs. We had a comfortable motel style room. The bar was a typical outdoor bush style. Lorella Springs is a one million acre cattle station stretching to the shores of the Gulf. The young owners, Rhett and Maria, have also developed it into a wilderness park with many activities such as hiking, 4 Wheel driving, camping, canoeing, bird watching, fishing and caving.
The dinning room was outside in the shade of a big tree and the food was delicious. May have something to do with the fact that Maria is French.
In the morning I strolled to the thermal swimming pool just behind the bar. Steam was rising from it. I only had my phone with me.
Later I went back with my camera but the steam had gone and happy campers were enjoying a swim.
I turned around to see the creek disappearing into a Meleleuca forest.
After breakfast we were taken on a tour of the station. We stopped at Monarch Rock to seek out aboriginal paintings from thousands of years ago.
After a picnic lunch we went to the Cascades for a swim.
Then we returned to the accommodation and spent a relaxing afternoon in the pool and at the bar. A 4WD drove down the driveway and lifted the dust into the setting sun rays.
Lorella springs was like a little bit of paradise in the middle of the great outback. I could have stayed longer but the next day we were on our way to the aboriginal community of Ngukurr.