Dangers of the Northern Territory

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  1. Audemars

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    I am DEFINITELY not going to drive at night!
    - even if it means I have to sleep in the car - and it wouldn't be the first time.
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  2. roughbarked

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    Most people don't drive at night in Australia and as a result every town has lots of motels and even sometimes in the middle of nowhere you will come across a motel.

    Some of us like driving at night because the idiot drivers are all asleep.
     
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    Kangaroos can be a serious problem in country that is unfenced. In a land where songs written are titled, land without fences, this can be problematic.

    It is true that a fence is no problem to most times a kangaroo wants to jump it, they don't always succeed and will usually only attempt to jump them if they are frightened or they need to to get to food and water. They only need to tangle one foot between the two top strands of barb and that's the long slow death of the kangaroo.
     
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    Pete in Kununurra tells me a road train full of cattle "rolled" near Broome yesterday. That must have been a serious mess............
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    Sounds like carnage.
     
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    Yikes! I predict a hamburger sale in the near future!
     
  7. Omexa

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    Well after all the Dangers that have been mentioned, there is only one thing to do; leave the Northern Territory after 25 years. I have packed a Trailer to wag behind the Car and heading down South. But wait a minute, I love it up here in the Territory. So I am staying. Regards Ray
     
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    Pete in WA: "Nice little lizard - as long as he sticks to cows".
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    On my way.....................
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  11. roughbarked

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    Are we still in the Northern Territory?
     
  12. Omexa

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    Hi Paul, how is it in Kununurra? Regards Ray
     
  13. roughbarked

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    It was voted the second best town to live in Australia for outdoor adventure by Outdoor Australia magazine in the March/April 2007 edition.

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    I'm actually interested to learn about whether they need a watchmaker there. ;)
     
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    Got back yesterday and spent last night drowning any potential jet lag with rum from the "Hoochery" distillery in Kununurra.
    Altogether I drove around 1200 miles (yes I know I could have flown there but I wanted to see the country which is spectacular).

    The grey nomads are indeed at the top of the danger list. I learned to overtake them and the road trains (of which I am - I think justifiably - proud).

    The list of dangers I didn't see grows daily. The only kangaroos I saw were dead (roadkill) The only complete croc was (stuffed) on display at the Kununurra souvenir shop.

    But I saw some spectacular birds and the amazing evening flypast of the fruit bats.

    As this was my first visit to Oz I can't comment on whether Kununurra is the best place to live. It's certainly a very pleasant place and definitely the right place to be if you like fishing, which my mate Pete does to the exclusion of most other pleasures.
    Unfortunately he had a very nasty fall on the morning of my arrival so my first sight of him after 50+ years was on his back in A&E (that's ER to you yankees) covered in blood, with technicolour bruises on face and arm, having his head stitched up.

    I love the place and the people and I'm definitely going back.
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  15. roughbarked

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    Kununurra is the same as here(being where I am) in the aspect of water and ariculture(apart from the fishing. That is always different. Wherever you are. Otherwise our climates are at opposites. Culturally and foodwise, I believe that Kununurra probably has a lot of catching up to do.

    i'm glad you love Australia because in truth it is hard not to and you'd only be a whinger if you didn't.
     
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    Hi, this big boy used to live about a mile from me in the old Yarrawonga Zoo; in the photo he had smashed his way through the Fence; one of the Brave Zookeeper 315488.jpg 315489.jpg s is trying to entice him back inside the fence. Regards Ray
     
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    I expect he wanted something a bit more exciting than a handful of dried grass............
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    I got this from my mate Peter yesterday and thought it would make a nice appendix to this thread;

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    Sitting watching Western (The Revenant) at 2100 last night and remembered that I had not taken daily pill allocation. Went to 'fridge and got some soda water to wash them down. Took pills and returned to Western leaving half a glass of soda water on table. Watched film for five minutes and decided to finish soda water. Stood up and turned towards kitchen. Sitting at the dining table holding a full bottle of beer was a big blackfella. .

    Thought I must have fallen asleep watching the movie and this was a dream. No, this was real time. Black man wore only a pair of jeans and weighed at least X 2 what I weighed. And it wasn't fat. Quickly weighed action required by a 78-year-old with heart disease against 22 year old black weight lifter. He looked at me with steady eyes.

    "Hello friend, where did you come from, you really shouldn't be in here without an invitation"

    Black friend silently lifts two fingers to lips, indicating a requirement for a cigarette.

    He must have walked down the side veranda, passing Harris, Stranger & Droopy (Peter’s vehicles) who did nothing, no alarms, nothing, opened the sliding door and sat down at the table. At least he had the decency to bring his own beer. When I first beheld him I thought he was holding my bottle of Johnnie Walker.

    "Sorry friend, but I don't smoke and I think it would be a good move if you left my premises". I placed a hand on his shoulder. He was very placid and stood up. I escorted him past the vehicles and out to the front of the house. He said nothing but on reaching the front drive he grabbed my left wrist and kissed my hand. This was a lot better than being beaten to a pulp or possibly eaten.

    I said "Good night, my friend" and he walked down the drive, turned left at the African Mahogany and disappeared into the night. He wasn't drunk, maybe he was just looking for a good Western.

    I must remember my axiom........When in Kununurra, lock yourself in and lock yourself out.

    Tested blood pressure and heart rate. It was up.
     
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    I have actually walked into tyhe house to find an aboriginal person who informed me that I was actually on his property. When quizzed on this he said "show me the bill of sale".
     
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