23.01.2011 - 31.01.2011 35 °C
Cossing the Nullabor plain from Perth to Adelaide is quite a journey but the amount of different wild life you can see on the trip is staggering.
Our first wild life encounter took place when Tim (our driver) pulled a u turn and we were left staring at each other wondering what was going on. It turned out he had seen something at the side of road, a horny little devil, which altough they are a bit spiky won't kill you.
Next we arrived at Mary's farm spent our first night in swags (like a bed roll with a sleeping bag inside and no tent) and there were frogs everywhere. One even landed on Ciril's head in the middle of the night. Before bed Susie (one of the woofers) took us down to the field and we met Bear. Not a bear but a kangaroo, which had been brought up as an orphan and was supposed to be going back into the wild but didn't seem to want too.
The next day we actively avoided seeing tree adders as they are deadly and kill you in a painful agony. Instead we watched the wedge tailed eagles circling above and managed not to run over a guana.
Another night we spent at the abandoned homestead. The family that lived there decided that it just wasn't making a profit and packed up and walked off the property returning it to the west Australian government. The place had the main house, a sheep shearing shed, the shearers kitchen and the old petrol pump. It was quite eerie as much of the furniture and equipment was still there. As we left we saw dingos living in the bush. One was quite curious about the bus but another was going like a bat out of hell to get away from us.
The next night was the night safari when we were hoping to see wombats but all I saw was the rear end of one as it disappeared down its burrow. The night after was the night of the tents. We arrived and there were already three tents set up from another tour. Great I thought I can use one to get changed in. As soon as the others saw that they had camp beds in and you could stand up I lost my changing room pretty quickly! So it just ended up being Miriam and I being the only non pussys and sleeping under the stars. It was worth it as the stars when you sleeping out in the bush are incredible. I had never seen the milky way or a shooting star and all of a sudden I was seeing them every night and so many stars it just looks like a blanket.
Around the campsite were loads of eucalyptus trees which is the favourite dish of the koala. We didn’t have to look very far to find them and they are sooo cute and cuddly looking. We were meant to stay at that campsite of 2 nights but the next day was 42o with a 30kph wind a dangerous recipe for bush fires so we left pretty quickly and went to a caravan park where I found the deadliest animal of all the: australian mozzie, they just love english blood!Nevermind spiders, snakes, jelly fish and sting rays the humble mosquito should be added to the list of australia worst creatures.