"Show me the way" New England Range Off The Beaten Path Tip by iandsmith
New England Range Off The Beaten Path: 33 reviews and 64 photos
It was about the time I passed the turnoff to Sarum Lookout that I heard, then spotted, an echidna. If you wish to see one on your visit to Australia, this is probably one of the best places.
I've never walked deep into here yet without seeing one and, the time before, I saw four of them. For one reason or another, these creatures fascinate me. They are a monotreme, one of only two in the world (the other is the platypus), egg-laying mammals from a branch of nature that time almost forgot.
To get a picture of one you have to be patient as, when you get near them and they become aware of your presence (not that easy because they have poor eyesight), they tend to roll up into a ball or cower and bury their head somewhere. They actually sense you by ground vibration and sound.
Thus it is that you then have to set yourself up in a comfortable position and wait until they start moving again, usually under five minutes time.
Sarum Lookout, by the way, is another rarely visited spot and you can sit there on the chiselled rock and let your mind wander though it must be said that all the other lookouts offer better views.
Some of the tree species you can expect to see are as follows:
New England stringybark
New England blackbutt
Hillgrove spotted gum.
Native broom and wild cherry are also common. The understorey is often sparse except for occasional wattles, blackthorn and grass trees. This allows you to easily spot the wildlife.
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