Scenes from the Skeens

Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch?

June 2, 2007 4:21 pm by Dan

We took a walk through a beautiful national park near here. It’s called Kondalilla National Park and it’s about a 20-minute drive from here through some nice mountain scenery. The park has a huge waterfall and some nice walking trails through thick rain forest.


After a pretty good hike we sat at the picnic area for some lunch. Suddenly Nate pointed into the forest and shouted “look!”.

About 100 feet away a huge goanna was lumbering straight toward us. He made his way right up to our table. As he walked a wild bush turkey rushed up at him a couple of times and pecked at his tail. He paid no mind, just curled up his tail and kept plodding onward. I’ve heard conflicting accounts of goannas from Australians I’ve talked to, so I kept a bit of distance (other people were feeding him scraps from their lunch as he walked around their feet). One person told me, “they’re harmless, but …. they can stand up on their hind legs and come rushing at you very quickly.” Another person said, “they’re harmless, but … in defense they can deliver a nasty bite and because they’re carrion eaters they carry a lot of bacteria. They say that wound may never heal.” I’m not sure what “never heal” means exactly, but it was enough to prevent me from sharing my tuna wrap with this guy.

He wandered all over the place, past some people playing cricket, and eventually found a table full of people willing to feed him.

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