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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

We meet Kangaroo Dundee

Thursday 23rd

Whilst waiting for the computer to be fixed we headed off to the Reptile house. Only a small building but a fast amount of snakes and lizards. Highlight for me was when the Olive Python was drapped arounf my shoulders. Asking if Ian fancied a hold, he said he wasn't overly bothered but I just wondered if......a bit of fear maybe.....Anyway he took the photos so I was thankful about that.

Thorny Devil

Pig nosed turtle

Spiny tailed Goanna

Whip snake

Perentie Lizaerd

At 5pm the coach came to take us to the Kangaroo Sanctuary. Run and owned by Brolga, BBC's Kangaroo Dundee which ran for three series on our TV during a five year period. Brolga was just as he was on TV, kind, funny and adored his Kangaroos. 50 of his rescued 'roos were roaming on his 188 acre wildlife reserve. On arrival he had a special treat in store, two Joeys in bags for us to hold. Then we walked over to the bachelor pad. I asked about the 'roo that used to terrorise him, Roger and if he was still alive. The answer was yes but at nearly 12 years of age he was now an old man and his son Monty had taken over where Roger left off. We met Monty and I can see why he defeated his dad. Pure testosteron and muscle. We spent 2 hours listening and learning all about his work rescuing the babies. He told us what to do if we came across a dead kangaroo, check the pouch in case their is a baby, then remove it, wrap it up and take to the nearest town where one will always find someone to help. Good advice now that we will be driving down the Queensland coast.


This was his home in the early days. In fact he only got electricity from solar panels a week ago!

Son of Roger, Monty

So many memorable occasions on this trip and this was up there with the rest. Next leg of the journey, Cairns, another camper van and the drive down the Queensland coast back to sydney.

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