Grey nomads warned of wandering wildlife danger

Published: June 16, 2015

The death last weekend of a motorcyclist following a collision with a cow on an Outback road has once again thrown the spotlight on the dangers that wandering wildlife poses to grey nomads and other travellers.

A recent survey by vehicle insurer AAMI identified Queanbeyan in southern New South Wales as the worst place in the country for collisions between vehicles and animals.

The Eyre Highway near Madura, on the Nullarbor Plain, was another hotspot.

Most accidents involved cars hitting kangaroos, but there were also the occasional collision with wombats, wallabies, koalas and even a flock of galahs.

The AAMI survey assessed 19,000 animal collision claims filed nationally last year.

AAMI’s Reuben Aitchison said animal collisions generally increased by about 30% in the winter months.

“We see quite a significant spike in animal-related collisions,” he said. “They tend to be around regional reserves or national parks or state forests where we do see a lot of animal activity.”

And he warned motorists driving in rural areas to take extra care.

“Be aware of the environment and slow down,” he said. “We have had cases across the country when the first that somebody knew they had hit an animal was when a kangaroo appeared in the passenger seat beside them, doing quite a bit of damage on the way through, so it can be quite a terrifying experience.”

  • Have you had a too close encounter with wandering wildlife? Comment below.


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John Christopher
7 years ago

We try to avoid travelling near sunrise and sunset, and never at night. Still had one or two near misses. The Nullabor is definitely one of the worst places, although the cows up in the north west can be a problem too. The last near miss was with an eagle! We’re getting a truck horn fitted at the next service…

June C.
7 years ago

As a matter of interest, the wild-life that come to grief on our roads often have a baby in their pouch. I have found it helpful to carry the phone numbers of carers who would be only too glad to take the babies and look after them. Do not give cows milk to the little ones, they can not digest it, they can be fed on a dried milk mixed with water called Divetelact. Daughter is a Vet. and I have been a wild-life carer. Good idea about getting a truck horn John, that would clear the road for at least a kilometer 😀 June C.


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