This gives you a good idea of how big this "patch of red dirt" actually is. Wide open spaces indeed! Interesting huh?
I had this map sent to me in an email.
I think it explains much about the size of our country but for the most part Australia is inhabited most densely on the eastern seaboard. There certainly is reason for this and to help you to understand our climate click here for a poster on the
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As a matter of interest often I am asked if kangaroos do hop around the streets and although it is not common, last week as my daughter in-law backed her car out of the driveway she was alerted to a big grey kangaroo just sitting behind her car on the road. She chased the roo in her car with my grand daughter aboard, who incidentally was loving this encounter with the big grey roo, along the street until it jumped off into the paddocks near to the beach and out of harms way, we hope. Sorry no photo because I was not with them..
Lately there have been many kangaroos found in the park-lands in the city too. My closest encounter came while out walking on a remote bush pathway leading through a national park near the seaside. Concentrating on my walk along this red dirt track abounded by thick native vegetation, I heard branches breaking and a big thump just as a huge big red kangaroo broke through the thicket right in front of me. I am not sure who got the biggest shock, the kangaroo or me. Anyway it was all over in a bounding flash as he turned and jumped back into the bushes on the other side of the track. We do have many Kangaroos living locally, however it is more unusual to see them so close into the built up areas as they are doing right now.
Sign below taken from the net and I will need to take some sign photos myself soon.
The photo below is of a colony of kangaroos living in a paddock very near the main road and a place that you can usually see kangaroos at any time of the day or night. Which brings us to those Kangaroo's ahead signs. Not to be take lightly.
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Photo above take by my friend Janette.