Crikey – Talking about Neighbour’s (Don’t mess with this bloke)

Ever had a next door neighbour that you wish would just go away? You’ll know the ones I’m talking about, loud, unruly, parties until all hours, beer bottles chiming to the sounds of cheers!

Mind you, it almost sounds fun when it put is that way, but it does wear thin after a while.

 And then there are the silent ones, no noise, no parties, pretty much keep to themselves, but shikes, they sure can give you the creeps.

Strewth, we’ve had our fair share of them over the years, but we are lucky to have great neighbours all around us these days!

But I’ll share a yarn about one neighbour that we had a while back, in the outback.

We were out touring in Far North-Queensland, FNQ (pronounced ef-fen-Q), up in the Gulf Savannah Country where Janet has her roots.  Mott’s are still grazing sheep and cattle in that region to this day, and for me this region was my backyard as I grew up in Townsville…

Over the past few years we have made the 7,000 kilometre round-trip to one of our most favourite spots in the Australian bush, Lawn Hill Gorge.

Now let me tell you, this is one heck of a beautiful spot that we first visited back in the 1990s. It was literally a flying visit in an aircraft we owned, a Piper Arrow, call sign Foxtrot-Tango-Hotel.

This was before the little tacka, TomO,  came along, and we flew it extensively over the Australian outback before selling it some years back.

These days we enjoy the drive north through the outback in The Landy just as much as we did flying over it.

The Aussie Outback, it’s a great place to just stand still and take it all in, a place where the barren land and ochre red soil meets the deep blue of the never-ending sky…


When we were last up there we had no problem securing a great spot beside the creek, which surprised us as there were a few others around at Adel’s Grove, a small tourist resort that caters for travellers just nearby to the main gorge.

It turns out our neighbour was a magnificent Olive Python measuring about 5 metres in length.

A beautiful specimen and apparently they are only known to eat small children…

Just kiddin’…

It had taken up residence just on the bank where we had set up camp.  Despite their size they are not an aggressive snake and they are not venomous. And we have our fair share of those venomous ones.

Crikey, we’ve got a bagful of the world’s most deadly snakes, and none of those “rattling” things that they have elsewhere, just hard-core mean and downright dangerous ones!

Okay, fair’s fair, the North American rattle snake does make it into the top ten…

Most passing by our camp were totally oblivious to it being there, many who saw it thought they were about to be eaten alive, others were curious at a seemingly chance encounter with something so wonderful.

Late in the day, as the sun drifted low into the western horizon and shadows started to cast long, it would move on, returning first thing the next morning to take up its position once again.

Yep, neighbours, they come in all shapes and sizes, some you love to bits, others you’d be happy to see the back of, but for sure, we’d be happy to have this bloke as our neighbour anytime – best “guard dog” we’ve ever had…

Ps. For those who might be wondering, Janet was the photographer and loved it. Um, I must’ve been busy with something… 😉

11 thoughts on “Crikey – Talking about Neighbour’s (Don’t mess with this bloke)

  1. cathyn61 May 15, 2013 / 7:01 am

    Those are simply brilliant photos. Makes me want to get out there and see our country. Not so sure about the snake though, even if its a harmless one. Though I did grow up with tiger snakes – there were lots of them on the farm.


  2. Unsolicited Advice May 14, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    The pictures are gorgeous! I was all ready to start packing my stuff and come for a visit…and then I saw the snake picture. I’m out.


  3. kruzmeister May 13, 2013 / 1:42 pm

    LOL, I’d prefer a big olive python to a little brownie or tiger anyday! I nearly stepped on a young brown or black (too dark to see which) a week ago walking up from the beach after a photoshoot. Lucky I was watching where I was stepping or else I might have finally gotten some use out of my snake bite kit! Love your pics by the way Baz, I’d love to visit FNQ with the camera some day.


  4. Pieter Navis May 13, 2013 / 7:49 am

    Lawn Hill definitely was the highlight of my visit to Australia back in 2010! I loved the little creek with the Tufa plateaus! Beautiful place to be, we didnt see a python but we did spot a sweetwater crocodile 🙂


    • Baz - The Landy May 13, 2013 / 9:53 am

      Glad you enjoyed it, a beautiful spot that we visit often….


  5. kiwiskan May 12, 2013 / 2:59 pm

    Love that traveling setup you have…but maybe not the snake


  6. Mountainstroh (Tony) May 12, 2013 / 11:27 am

    Shoot, as long as didn’t want to cuddle with you at night, he’s a great neighbor!


  7. barbara grandberg May 12, 2013 / 9:37 am

    great photos…and yarn…but i’m not a snake girl….btw…how’s the recovery going????


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