Chapter 19 Australia conclusion
I used to go hunting with Johno and at night he could recognize the animals just by seeing the reflection of their eyes, he would say “that’s a dingo but he is too far away” or “that’s a possum don’t shoot that” he would shoot about a dozen rabbits for the deep freeze and precede to skin and gut them on the way home.
We came upon a wildcat, bigger than our domestic cats and he was driving like mad through the trees aiming the spotlight with one hand while I sat holding the guns, he had his father’s special it had a 22 barrel and a 303 breach with a telescope sight it was an awesome weapon, I was using his 22 which had a nasty habit of not always firing when you pulled the trigger, the wildcat was exhausted and lay down in the headlights, he said I should shoot it but the gun would not fire, the wildcat ran off and up a tree from where Johno shot it with his father’s gun.
A couple of days later he said we had to go and get some bait for the wild pig trap, there were many families of wild pigs in the area and they are hunted for sport, and because they are dangerous plus they eat the crops, so the farmers set up pig traps by making a circle of corrugated iron with an entrance where the sheets just overlapped, the pigs would push their way in, but once in could not open the entrance from the inside, then the farmers would go and shoot them.
It was the practice to go out and shoot a kangaroo to put in the trap for bait, we came to a spot on one side of a small valley and on the other side we could see the kangaroos feeding, the big male had noticed us and was standing tall as if on guard, Johno gave me his father’s gun and said “ have a go at that one”, the only medal I ever won was for the Westlands works rifle team, so the big kangaroo never stood a chance, allowing for the yardage I aimed for his head and he dropped like a stone, unfortunately Johno then wanted to go and collect the body so we walked down one side of the vally and up the other, he found a branch, tied the legs and we carried the animal to the pickup, they are horrible things up close, mangy and tick ridden I was glad to get rid of it.
Clarry and Joyce
I took Vora into Springsure two visit Clarry and Joyce Otto whom I had met on my last visit, he was as interesting as ever, he was building a new mortuary on the outskirts of the town, it was a typical wood framed building and they were just putting the steel cables over the whole building, these are required by building regulations as an anti hurricane precaution.
We were inside this structure when a policeman arrived to point out that I was parked outside on the road illegally, the road outside was a straight very wide dirt road with no other vehicle in sight, there were no road signs and the problem was although I had parked off the road, my vehicle was facing the wrong way.I
Illegal Parking in Austrailia
Clarry explained that I was just an ignorant Pommy on holiday and after a chat about this and that he departed to go and catch other criminals, I went outside and photographed the scene just for amusement.
Clarry told us of the spectacular sight of the sun rising on a range of hills, He drove us off into the bush at 6 in the morning, it was four hours later before we saw another car, but when we got to the viewing point there were clouds covering the Sun. We drank 2 litre bottles of coke at the first stop. We did see some ancient aboriginal sacred secret places that were deep in the bush that hardly anybody knew about, Clarry said he knew of caves that still had the mummified aboriginal bodies in but he wouldn’t tell anybody when they were.
Abandoned farm steam engines
One thing you can never forget is the stench of the dead animals by the side of the road, there are usually the result of road accidents, kangaroos in particular will leap onto the road at high speed.
We enjoyed ourselves cutting back down the coast road and on arrival in Sydney decided to go and eat at the revolving restaurant at the top of the Sydney tower, we took the lift many floors up and arrived at the restaurant only to be told “if you would like to eat here you have to book two months in advance” so we had a quick look at the view and went somewhere else to eat.
I remember going to another tall building overlooking Sydney harbor and taking some time lapse cine film of the ships and ferries in the harbor, we did the usual tourist things, the opera house, ferry across the harbor etc.
We departed from Melbourne having left the car with Graham so that he could sell it on, and then we had a stopover in Singapore on the return flight, we stopped at the Ramada hotel, I made inquiries and arranged to have a safari suit made in 24 hours, we also visited what they called a strip show, this was a complete waste of time as you could see more on any continental beach, I can’t quite work out how but we also visited Penang island where I had a very pleasant trip to the hotel massage parlor, for some strange reason I was carrying an electronic keyboard that had purchased in Singapore.
We departed from Melbourne having left the car with Graham he sold it on with no trouble.
There was also a solo trip to Cap de Agde