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  Ecchy the echidna
by iandsmith

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.
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.
Tree species you can expect to encounter en route:
New England stringybark
silvertop stringybark
yellow box
Hillgrove box
apple box
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 which makes for easy viewing of the native fauna.

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2005
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