Wild Encounters:

On the way to Alice Springs, I encountered wildlife in unexpected places: stand alone cafes and rest stops for weary travelers.

In fact, a quick stop at the Mataranka Territory Manor Motel and Caravan Park offered a most unusual surprise, the opportunity to feed freshwater baramundi. (I pet one as well, under the “chin.”)

baramundi
Nice fishy

These finned locals put on a show for visitors twice daily; and while it might not be as sweet as hitting the “big time” at Sea World, they seem to have it good.

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At another rest stop I had the pleasure of meeting a most poised python:

Snakes
Some snakes are just cooler than others.

And I got to see a freshwater crocodile up close as someone decided it would be hilarious to put one in the pool as a prank.

Freshie crock
It’s a hard life in the Outback

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There were even a few rambunctious red kangaroos along the way. These ‘roos are cute when they are little but grow to be 1 to 1.6 meters tall, making them as tall as man.

kangaroos
‘Roos rule!

And, last but not least, I caught a glimpse of the most illusive and rare animal found in the Outback of Australia, the pink panther:

pink panthers
Are they friendly? I think I will keep driving!
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