Bushman files - #2 The National Park
- by Tony Charky-
Well here we are again. This
time I will tell you about the Royal National Park which
you find just 2 miles south of Cronulla beach.
A five minute trip with a ferry brings you there, and
it was there that I made my first walk in the outback.And
what a walk! I walked for 23 hours and only stopped
for something to eat or purifying some water.It was
hard, but all day long I walked along an amazingly beautiful
coast on one side and the roughest possible bushland
on the other side.
Along the trail I discovered all sort of weird animals,
such as guano's (2 meter long lizzards), kangaroos,
wallabies and of course the occasional snakes, spiders
and handsized cockroaches.
By the evening I entered the rainforest. I will tell
you one thing and "don't try this at home kids".
All night long I was accompanied by thousands and thousands
of flying foxes that kept circulating above me. Though
it seemed dry and hot during daytime, the nights were
humid and frogs would pop up by the millions, and funny
enough they don't make the same noice as in Europe -
over here they sort of whistle.
I found it all very, very spooky, and this spooky atmosphere
was certainly not improved by the sound of kangaroos
bouncing away from you in the dark. And my god believe
me - a rainforrest is DARK at night!! If you're really
lucky, you once in a while run into spiderwebs that
are so strong that you need booth hands to get rid of
them. I can tell you that at least one old chap was
pleased to see the sun come up in the morning.
When Ii left the park, the local rangers couldn't believe
what I had done. They told me that my route was normally
considered a 3 day walk. That could make sense - 8 hours
a day times 3 equals 24 hours and I did it in 23 hours
straight. I looked back at them and were still shaking
their heads. What do they know - This is one tough old
Back in the hostel I slept just a couple of hours before
I left for the Blue Mountains Area. Whatever you saw
on telly, the whole area burning down, I swear I had
nothing to do with it!
But more about that next time!!
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