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Photos: The best from Barkly

Five remarkable days in the Northern Territory have come to an end for Mason Cox, Sam McLarty, Brody Mihocek, Flynn Appleby and other members of Collingwood's travelling party. 

The quartet of players, alongside assistant coach Brad Gotch, visited a handful of schools and no doubt impacted a number of lives during the week-long trip to the Barkly region.

Starting with a trip to the Devils Marbles, the group went on to visit the communities of Newcastle Waters, Elliott, Tennant Creek, Mungkarta, Ali Curung and Murray Downs.

Road trips through flood waters and red dirt roads covered almost 2,000km as the club attempted to reach as many people as possible who live in Collingwood's Next Gen Academy zone. 

CLICK HERE for more on our trek through flooding to reach Newcastle Waters.

CLICK HERE to learn why we may have to settle for second best in the town of Elliott.

Collingwood Media captured many heart-warming moments during the trip to outback Australia. You can view the best photos from the camp in the gallery below. 

Second-year Magpie Sam McLarty looks across the Devils Marbles. 

Only something so significant could make Mason Cox look this small.

2018's Barkly travelling party: Flynn Appleby, Brody Mihocek, Mason Cox and Sam McLarty.

Day two took the team to Newcastle Waters, where McLarty showed students exactly how far the journey had been.

A trademark of McLarty's is passed on to a young student.

Come catch me! This young fella keeps Appleby on his toes.

Mihocek enjoys his studies at the Elliott school.

A+ for the effort, Mason.

A bit of hard work to break up the fun and games.

Tuesdsay morning saw the four players train with Tennant Creek's Clontarf football academy.

A reminder of our last trip to Tennant. A young girl dons one of the jumpers worn during November's Michael Long Cup. 

From Barkly to Darwin: Recap our journey from Tennant Creek to the Michael Long Cup.

Only a couple of years out of school himself, Appleby talks to a classroom full of students at Tennant Creek Primary. 

Our players proudly wear polos gifted to the group by the Tennant Creek Language and Culture Centre.

Lessons from one young defender to another.

Happy to be in Black and White. 

Eyes on the ball.

Wednesday took us to Mungkarta, a small community an hour south of Tennant Creek.

You'll grow into that jumper, young man.

Assistant coach Brad Gotch finds a prodigy at Mungkarta.

In Ali Curung we found Daicos, an eight-year-old who only learnt on Wednesday the background behind his famous name.

The Tennant Creek travelling party, including (on the right) AFL Barkly Regional Development Manager Wayne Green and AFLNT employee and former North Melbourne 82-gamer Matt Campbell