Lost in Australia can be frightening. Particularly when you don’t know where you are, the petrol gauge is showing empty and you have two German tourists in the car that are already fed up with travelling and fearful of the wildlife Australia has to offer. Not to mention that we had no provisions with us including water.
We left Goondiwindi with a plan – head off on the A39 to Toowoomba. We passed the point where this plan could change, or so I thought. How wrong could I be. Roger made a sudden decision we should head north finding the coast again around Gympie (north of Noosa, our destination). Seeing a road off to our left with a destination signpost he swung in quickly. The road quickly turned to gravel. Our GPS had us travelling cross country. Our car although used to dirt roads was shaking us to pieces. We drove and drove with no end in sight until suddenly we hit the dingo fence.
The dingo fence is the world’s longest fence and one of the longest structures (5,614 kms) in the world. Built in the 1880s to keep dingos from the sheep properties of south-east Queensland, it stretches through Queensland starting in the Darling Downs, travels along the NSW border and through the Strzeleki Desert then turns at Cameron Corner (where the three states Qld, NSW and South Australia meet) and then travels down to the Great Australian Bite.Although it appears effective in keeping down the numbers of dingos it is expensive to maintain and as there are now no predators the other animals have flourished, leading to competition for pastures.
We had a choice to make however and we needed it to be the right choice with our lack of petrol and water. We opened the gate and went through, closing it behind us. We drove west for a short distance with the road becoming worse. We turned and retraced our steps and continued on our original dirt road heading north.
Probably we would have made it to the road heading to Moonie no matter which road we took but finally, immensely relieved, we hit bitumen. Our German guests have not recovered from this trip and the next time and any future time they come they have insisted that they just want to sit at our house. They feel they have seen as much of Australia as they want to.
For myself, having survived the experience, I look back on it as an adventure that took me to a part of Australia that I wouldn’t expect to see without a four-wheel drive vehicle. The dingo fence. Something that I had learnt about in school but never expected to see.
Thank you to Norah Colvin who nominated me this challenge. Norah’s passion is childhood education and even if you don’t have children, there is always thought-provoking insightful writing that keeps those grey cells working. She even writes flash fiction in the Carrot ranch 99 word prompt. Catch her onion story.
The blogger I am nominating today (with no pressure to join in ) is Raewyn from Having Fun with photography who does just that. Flowers and life in New Zealand plus more. If you wish to participate it is 1 photo a day for five days add a story fiction or non-fiction or poetry, link to the person that nominated you and nominate 1 person each day.