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Friday, July 29, 2016

LORELLA SPRINGS, WILDERNESS PARK. (Savannah Way 13)

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.
 We stopped for a picnic lunch near Robinson River and once again warned to watch out for crocodiles and to stay away from the edge of the water because crocs have a habit of sneaking along under water and then lunging themselves out of the water at lightening speed to catch their prey.

 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.

20 comments:

  1. Hello, I would like to visit Lorella Springs. The thermal pool looks relaxing. It does look like a little paradise. Thanks for sharing your visit. Happy weekend to you!

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  2. What a pretty spot. The pools look great. A bit of a pun I suppose, but the dust photo is very atmospheric.

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  3. I love the campers in the spream shot and the second one is ART to me.. i love the lines from the fronds, lines from the siding, lines from the shadows. so pleasing to me... Lorella is certainly a gorgeous place to visit.

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  4. Such a pretty spot Diane, you guys certainly know how to travel in the best outback style.. thermal pools and all. Love the shadow shot here and of course the last image is gorgeous!

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  5. Such a pretty spot Diane, you guys certainly know how to travel in the best outback style.. thermal pools and all. Love the shadow shot here and of course the last image is gorgeous!

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  6. Wow great place but the crocs are terrible creature

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  7. It is a fab place and looks like a really good spot to stop over. Of course being French has lots to do with the great food :-) I would be happy to have a thermal pool outside our back door!! Have a good weekend t'other Diane

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  8. Wow great place but the crocs are terrible creature

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  9. Wow---what a neat neat place... I'd love to spend some time there. I'd love that thermal swimming.... BUT--I'd be afraid of the crocs for sure....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. What a great place Diane. Your photos are marvelous. I find myself using my cell phone for photos more and more these days.

    I am back and catching up ever so slowly :)

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  11. It is so easy to use a cell phone that I use

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  12. My iPad froze before I could finish.....cell phone photos have come a long way. The fog lifts fast but looks like they are enjoying the water! Beautiful area

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  13. Besides the possibility of a "croc" taking a lunge at you, I'd have been
    a bit wary of going into those caves in case of a welcoming "Joe Blake".
    Not the friendliest of "Joes" up in that neck of the woods!\
    Colin

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  14. What a wild landscape a real jungle ! The outside dining room is a great idea when it's so warm. Being French doesn't mean that you are a good cook, lol ! My experience ....

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  15. This does indeed look like a paradise. Your photos make me wish I could visit there.

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  16. A beautiful 'oasis'. The water and natural pools would be heaven. And lovely way to dine out in the middle of the Outback. It boggles my mind that you had time to do all those lovely activities in just a day and after that long drive.

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  17. I'm going to be 'up north' in the middle of next month - looking forward to seeing a few places like this.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  18. One million acres!! Isn't that the same size as Switzerland! Chuckle
    It looks like lovely country.

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  19. Loreal dies look like a paradise! What a fabulous vacation you were on!

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