Planning Trip to Pungalina 2011

In July and August of this year, our team of adventurous volunteers drove up to the Pungalina Homestead to help set up camp in preparation for the upcoming 2012 Pungalina Seven-Emu Scientific Study.

Tony Hiller, Paul Feeney, John and Mary Nowill, Bob Manktelow, Kev Teys, Bruce Urquhart, Gerry Keates and Digby Warren, set out to construct from scratch, much needed toilet, shower and kitchen facilities. As displayed in the following picture essay, concrete floors were pored, showers and toilets were fitted (and privatised), electrical and drainage work done and a huge septic tank fitted. The locations of the out-camps were also surveyed.

The station managers, Sharyn Yelverton and Herman Mouthaan were gracious hosts and we would take this opportunity to thank them for their efforts.

This picture essay show some images of the Pungalina Seven-Emu Sanctuary and the hard work in getting the site ready for next year.

Special thanks to Mary and John Nowill for taking the time to capture these spectacular images.

Out and about around Pungalina Homestead

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Campers home for a while

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First of many "Happy hours"

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Equipment from Brisbane

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Unloading the equipment

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Opps!!

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No rest for Gerry and Bob

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Gerry working on the electric "vines"

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Good job Gerry. From a mess to a masterpiece!!

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Where the shower and toilets would be

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Removing the rusty iron walls

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Showers progressing

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Finishing off the concreting

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Done!!

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Work progressing

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Completed..with doors!!

 

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Septic tank hole

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Herman digging the trenches

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Digging the pit for the septic tank

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Pipe work laid

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Its in!!

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Filling in the trenches

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Relaxing after a hard day at the Homestead

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Pungalina Homestead

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Between the two halves of the homestead

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Mastering the Acco

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Helping out

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Fuelling up

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Serious discussions going on here

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The old cookhouse

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"Lights up", camera then action!

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Building the cook top, Digby hard at work!

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Bench tops completed and oiled

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All 8 burners working!!

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Finished bench-tops.... Check!!

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A good loaf of bread!!

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You've got mail!!

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Herman pouring the champers

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Cheers to a job well done

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Dinner with Herman and Sharyn

 

What is to see along the trail to the out-camps

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4WD traversing

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Approaching a sandy corner

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Dingo Pup on the road

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Grevillea

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On site mango tree in blossom

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One of many cave sites

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The Sink Holes

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Green Swamp

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Egrets at Green Swamp

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Karns Creek

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Karns Creek past the Homestead

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Babbling Springs

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Stromatolites

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Stromatolites

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Track to Lilly Lagoons

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Off to Canoe at Lake Crocodilus

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Lake Crocodilus. Yes, the name says it all!!

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Canoeing the Cocodilus

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Canoeing with John and Mary

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Water lily on Lake Crocodilus

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Settlement Creek, just over the NT border

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Rainbow Bee Eater

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Lots of Mistletoe

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Eggs, not pebbles

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Guarding the eggs

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Broken wing act

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Creek along the way to the Calvert

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Gerry crossing the Calvert

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Crossing the Calvert

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A big croc!!

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Skeleton Creek

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Camp at the mouth of the Calvert

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The Bluff

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The Robinson River at Seven-Emu

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Seven-Emu homestead

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Robinson River campsite

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Pandanus fruit

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Robinson River campsite

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Sunset at Pungalina Seven-Emu Sanctuary

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Construction and image insertions by Hayley Freemantle