An excerpt from a ‘guest diary’ passed on by an outback tour operator.
?A simple memory from outback Queensland that will last a lifetime ? Driving North in cattle country one evening, we pull off the dirt track to silently appreciate an inky sky that competes impressively with a bold, blood red sunset. This is also clearly the time of day when bush wildlife takes advantage of the cool to move about and forage. Kangaroos pause eating and cautiously observe as we approach, and an enormous wedge-tailed
eagle blocks the sun for a moment, silently gliding into the towering gums nearby. He ruffles his feathers and settles to watch us with a lordly squint.
Abruptly the silence is broken by a heart wrenching bellow nearby. Upon inspection, we find a newborn Brahman calf, tangled in a fallen boundary fence. We rush immediately to his rescue, while being careful of his mightily anxious Mum, who we spot nearby. We nurse the gangly brown-eyed baby, and with some careful co-operation, finally untangle the mess of wire, and stand back. The little guy stands, unhurt and relieved. With a wobble and a blink, he totters off to join his mother. We look at each other with unashamed emotion in our eyes, and it’s then that we see our guide walk past, smiling shyly and dipping his chin in acknowledgement. No doubt secure in the knowledge that we’ve just glimpsed a speck of the magic that is ‘the outback’.
Thanks to ?Brown Dog Tours? for the trip of a lifetime ??
What an experience – for the guests and the tour operator. Has something like this happened to you?