Cunnamulla carnage

**Trigger warning – wildlife vs vehicles**


Don’t worry, not our vehicle!!

This morning we travelled from Bollon along to Cunnamulla, and Wyandra. We grabbed coffee and breakfast from the cafe in Bollon, as we like to support local businesses in small communities along the way. Mmmm…coffee!!!

In Cunnamulla we stopped off to see the “Cunnamulla Fella”, made famous by Slim Dusty’s song of the same name. Actually, Kirstine is tapping her toes to the song as she types this! Slim Dusty sings Cunnamulla Fella!

We’d been given a recommendation for a free camp at Wyandra, and needing to make a couple of changes to our itinerary again, we decided to head there from Cunnamulla.

The highway between Bollon, Cunnamulla and Wyandra can only be described as carnage for the wildlife there. Not only was it mentally tiring as driver & front seat passenger to keep an eye out for anything on the road, but it became distressing as well to see the sheer volume of animals which had been annihilated by vehicular traffic. There was no point counting the remains of kangaroos and emus, which necessitated a slalom type manoveur on several occasions, by drivers on both sides of the road.

Please, if you happen to travel these roads too, don’t drive them at dawn/dusk, and keep your eyes unwaveringly on the road at all other times. It did our spirits good to see other healthy families of kangaroos and emus along the way, and at one stage the side of the road flew to life as about three dozen falcons took to the air. We think we interrupted the underbelly meeting of the Cunnamulla conglomerate of the local falcon association!!! Perhaps they were divvying up the highway for feeding bird, falcon or crow will ever go hungry along this stretch of road.

Tonight at a free camp (donation requested), we have flushing toilets and hot showers available, and a communal fire pit. The sun is setting, the kangaroos are silhouetted against the fading light, emus stroll through the scrub, and a full moon is due in a cloudless sky. Regardless of the distressing nature of the drive today, there are natural phenomenons that remind us that Life is still very much present in the Queensland outback.


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