Sunday was the start of a trip to outback New South Wales ,a couple of hundred kilometres from here in Mildura . The country is very dry and barren in places Noticeable landmarks being what is called The Walls Of China , great outcrops of rock that have been eroded over thousands of years of time The area is an Aboriginal site covering hundreds of kilometres and dates back 40, 000 years and as such is a sacred site. We set out on our trip primarily to allow Ana to see our wildlife in its natural habitat . The car and essential survival items like water , clothing and radio communications were checked , an old habit from my army survival days , plus people notified of our destination and estimated time of return . The temperature when we left was 29 degrees but I knew it would get higher as we progressed , at the height of our trip it reached 41 degrees . Planning is vital in travelling in Australian outback , recently here a lady of 61 took much the same path we were embarking on , her car broke down and she walked 20 kilometres with nothing more than an umberella , she survived . The golden rule in survival when in a car if it breaks down is to never leave the car, anyway back to my story.After 28 kilometres we left the bitumen and took to the great dusty red outback tracks .The scenery is bleak but is home to many species of wildlife.
The first sign of wildlife we came across was a lizard commonly called A Frilled Neck He looks much like a dinosaur and has frills around his neck that swell when faced with danger, a fast little mover that left us after a good inspection and decided he was in no danger. Continuing on we started the gradual climb up over the China Wall range and drove into the highlands , the dusty track was nothing more than red dust that left a trail behind . We stopped for a water break and a check of the map and came across these Wombat holes , long since vacated In olden days there was a Wombat that roamed these ranges called The Hairy Nose Wombat , he stood as high as a man and as big as a Rhino . At this stage we had seen no kangaroos , mainly because of the heat , they rest during the heat beneath the shade of trees, however we started to come across many Emu This Emu has a clutch of babies with her that are about 6 months old. The Emu seems to like the heat and will roam the open plains as opposed to the kangaroo who goes for the shade.
Beautiful birds but a bird to be wary of as they are extremely protective and can attack. A water stop and check of the maps and we pushed on . Finally we came across our first encounter with kangaroos There were three of them amongst some trees Even going slow the car disturbed them and they broke , one to one side of the road and the other two to the other side , I got out to take some pics which I got but not a good idea to get between kangaroos , they will attack if separated So a quick dive back into the car was called for. We finally reached the end of our trek and headed down the dusty track to join the highway and came across this old sheep shearing shed , a relic from bygone days , I leave you with a pic of this old man Aussie Emu taking a breather after what ended up as a long hot driving adventure. I must admit that Ana took the trip well as she has been on a couple of Aussie Emu adventures now , but noticed that wisely ,she never left the airconditioning in the vehicle for long. Hope you enjoy my story and pics
Emu signing off