The Roos of Menindee Road

by Tim Rogers June. 28, 2017 1430 views

My record for longest travel to take a photo went out a little a few weeks ago. I now no longer measure the journey in hours, I measure it in days. A thousand kilometres and 11 hours on day one, 110km on day two. Well that was the plan anyway.

The outback isn't the safest place to drive at night and especially bang on dawn. I knew this but the desire to get to Menindee Lakes before the sun had me in my hire car at that time. The road I was taking was the location for Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior). I knew the road and I was being careful. I was driving well below the speed limit and keeping my eyes open. Unfortunately the kangaroos weren't so careful. 20km passed the spot where Max rolled the interceptor, I felt a violent thud on the front left side. All I saw was kangaroo parts mixed with plastic flying through the air as the front left headlight fixture exploded. But there didn't seem to be any damage to the engine or any moving parts bar the headlight. Sure there was a gaping hole in the front of the car but mechanically we were ok. So I drove on.

I saw the second one. It tried to get across in front of the car but didn't make it. The kangaroo hit the car in the front right panel and wrapped its body along the side of the car all the way to the back. The thud wasn't as bad as the first and the damage to the car was superficial. No mechanical damage again.

I rang the hire company but with the car mechanically sound and the nearest depot 1300km away in Sydney, I was going to have to carry on with a huge hole in the front of the car, but a cool story to tell. It's not often multiple kangaroos "attack" your car on the road where Mad Max fought off the Beserker's in my favourite movie from my teenage years.

That night I was at Lake Panamaroo again. The sky was bald but that lake was amazing and a light show followed anyway. I'd never seen a rainbow sunset. My jaw hung low as the sky exploded with technically every colour in the rainbow and reproduced it across the water.

I decided to stay the night and see what the sunrise could offer. Hopefully no more bloody kangaroos

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Robert Taylor 2 years, 4 months ago

What we do to get our shot,, it was worth the banged up car,, these photos are haunting and beautiful, nicely done

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Tim Rogers Replied to Robert Taylor 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks

Yep definitely worth the drive, the car and the kangaroos

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 5 months ago

WOW! Incredible adventure and brilliant images! Glad you were not injured or left with a inoperable vehicle!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Jay. It's an incredible place

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Tim Rogers 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for sharing with us!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Derek Sexton 2 years, 5 months ago

You are quite brave driving in the bush with a, what is that a Kia? But don't forget that Max didn't hesitate to take out the front end when he was on it.

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Tim Rogers Replied to Derek Sexton 2 years, 5 months ago

Maybe Roos don't like Korean cars in their neighbourhood 😀

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- Kim - 2 years, 5 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous sunset photos!  Sorry about the bumps and hurt kangaroos along the way.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to - Kim - 2 years, 5 months ago

The kangaroos are no more sadly. But ill be back to that lake again soon

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
- Kim - Replied to Tim Rogers 2 years, 5 months ago

Yes, sorry; I meant "lost" (not simply "hurt") kangaroos.  Looking forward to seeing more pictures!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Dinaana Mh 2 years, 5 months ago

The colors are amazing!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Dinaana Mh 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks

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Kenny H 2 years, 5 months ago

Great story.  The photos burst with color.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Kenny H 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, I've been there a few times and it's amazing

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

Just amazing. Those colors are unforgettable. I will never look at a kangaroo the same way smile

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

I'm pretty sure they were trying to drive me off the road

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