I have nothing as visually spectacular as some of the shots above, but I was astonished by just how much wildlife I saw during a four-hour walk from Dunphy's Camp to the junction of the Jenolan/Coxs rivers on Friday of last week. I have never before seen anything like this quantity of sightings within such a short time.
Heading down Carlons Creek I saw a big goanna really close. Then I came across a red-bellied black snake slung across the track as if it was dead, though it was very much alive. It was a steep downhill section of the track, but I fired the reverse thrusters on full power and was able to stop in time to avoid it. Next was a big echidna, which didn't do the "bury head underneath" thing until I was right next to it. A bush turkey was just around the next bend, followed by a pair of wallabies and another goanna, then a smaller echidna. All in 45 minutes!
Turning right into Breakfast Creek I saw another goanna, then a water dragon, another echidna and another goanna. I was surprised by another red-bellied black snake, even though I was looking out for snakes at the time. The brown and black rocks camouflaged it really well. I couldn't stop in time, and it couldn't work out which way to go to avoid me, so it zig-zagged around for a bit while I let out some involuntary noises. It takes a good close encounter to make me do that. Shortly after, another wallaby, then further downstream a lyrebird.
Turning right up the Coxs I saw another goanna and two very scared cattle.
Turning left into Jenolan River there was another goanna. I camped near the junction, and a peacock came to keep me company for almost an hour, nibbling grass and pottering close by, though no closer than four metres. I guess it escaped from somewhere, and it seemed to be seeking company. After dark there was a pair of possums up the tree near my bivvy bag.
The four-hour walk back to Dunphys the next day was not so eventful. The peacock joined me again at breakast. In the Coxs were three big fat trout, and dozens of smaller ones. On the stepping stones across the Coxs I trod within 5cm of a black snake (no coloured belly). Again I let out an involuntary noise. The snake slithered quickly into the water, then took residence on one of the stepping stones that I was planning to use to cross the river, so I retreated to find another crossing point. Near the top of Ironmonger was another goanna, then (as is common) a couple of dozen wallabies at Galong Farm.