The croc shunters.

Our little friend, highlighted in the foreground

Our little friend, highlighted in the foreground

We’re always on the lookout for track obstructions while driving the Savannahlander. We get all sorts of things in our way – railway sleepers, rocks, police cars.  Kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, emus and cattle are common obstructions but a few weeks ago we had an unusual encounter. We were between Fossilbrook Creek and Saltwater Creek (on the Mount Surprise to Almaden section of the Savannahlander’s route) when we spotted what looked to be a log over the line. As we got closer it started to look less like a log and more like a lizard. As we got even closer it ran clear of the line and we quickly identified it as a Freshwater Crocodile!

A bit closer up.

A bit closer up.

He (or she) was a bit under 2 metres long and about a kilometre from the nearest water. This is the furthest I’ve ever seen a crocodile from water and the first time I’ve seen a croc draped across the line. We took a few photos and left it to continue its overland trek.