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Outback Odyssey by Greg Nell

  • Tuesday, 12 January 2016 10:00
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Outback Odyssey: Hunting in remote and uninhabited areas has always appealed to me, so I contacted friends in Australia to see what could be put together in the Aboriginal areas of the Northern Territories (NT).

It doesn’t come much wilder or less-inhabited than Australia’s outback. The Cobourg Peninsula is two-million hectares of wilderness inhabited only by a few isolated Aboriginal families. What a setting for an adventure!

Rob Lopardi put the expedition together for me. After the 24-hour flight, it would involve a 13-hour drive from Darwin in the NT. I had my heart set on tackling the mighty water buffalo and banteng of this region (the only place in the world that still holds a wild population of this bovine). I also wanted to add a dingo (Australian wild dog) to my trophy collection, so I chose to take that faithful all-rounder, a scoped .375.

Booked for July, 2015, my permits arrived on time and off I went, having packed shorts and T-shirts for the NT’s sweltering heat. Mid-winter temperatures there are around 32 degrees Celsius. I overnighted in Darwin, Rob collected me the next morning and we hit the long, hot and dusty road to Cobourg. Roughly halfway into the journey, the scenery became breath-taking with great big rocky outcrops and crocodile-infested rivers everywhere. You don’t stop for a swim in the outback!

We arrived at the first outpost late that night, to be met by locals and another hunter on his way out. We were helping him to skin his buff when we heard dingoes calling. Despite not having slept properly in three days, we grabbed the spotlight and were off. But the dingoes proved smarter than us, and we eventually got to bed at three in the morning after a dinner of turtle cooked on the open fire.

Read the full article in the January 2016 issue of Magnum

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