A quick visit with Des yesterday to Palm Springs, an oasis about 35 km out of town on the Duncan Road. Palm Springs, as the name suggests, is a spring fed lake of modest size, with a few palm trees planted around it, supposedly by camel drivers long ago. It is a popular swimming hole in the season. At present the water is fairly low and murky but after the rains the streams that feed through it flush it and it becomes deeper and cleaner. I was delighted to learn there are a lot of crocodiles here. Des assured me that being the freshwater sort, they are harmless, because they eat fish, not people. So provided one does not corner them they are completely non aggressive. Sounds cool!
We dropped by on the way back to the Caroline pool, another swimming hole, closer to town. This is a waterhole that seems never to dry up in an otherwise dry sandy riverbed. This too will soon be flushed out, and populated by bathers.
This area is still full of alluvial gold, and after the floods, both locals and tourists set out to find it. Des pointed out locations he has found a few nuggets in the past, and where flecks can be found in the rivers.
This place becomes more interesting by the day. I must remember to carry a camera with me.