Waking Up With Kangaroos!
Australian sunrises and sunsets, have a particular serene beauty about them, something peaceful, warm and calm. Australia also has a shit-ton of kangaroos hopping around. When you combine the two, its pretty spectacular.
We stopped at Cape Hillsborough (an hour south from Airlie beach) to see the scene for ourselves; wallabies and roo's gather on the beach at sunrise, get their morning munch on, and just generally pose for the cameras.
Rousing ourselves sleepily at 5am, we crawled out the tent, and took the short hop over a fence down to the beach. A small crowd of equally sleepy people had gathered, like some kind of zombie hord, all stood around staring. Then a man walked down the beach headed straight for the shoreline, and the roo's and wallabies came to life, hopping a great speed towards the man. Turns out he was dropping out some feed for them. Ah, so that's why they all hang out at this beach for breaky!
It was so funny to watch the roo's and wallabies interacting, the roo's often shoving the little wallabies out the way, claiming their food pile. The wallabies didn't dare fight back with their bigger cousins, who's claws can gut a man at record speed.
Gathering with our camera's, a couple of the roo's finished eating and started to inspect the captive audience. One hopped straight over to a young boy who was sat staring at his ipad on a towel (no idea why) much to the kid's shock. It was such a classic moment, seeing this roo demand the attention of the only person not snapping photo's.
This particular roo is the star of the tourist guide for the local region, so its no wonder he felt worthy of all the eyes and lenses.
Quietly sitting, not at all nervous, the roo allowed everyone to observe it. Breaking away from the crowd, they moved to the edge of the beach, where only a few determined photographers remained and had some one-on-one sessions.
Taran got some great photo's, as did I; the sunrise provides a stunning backdrop for a kangaroo silhouette!
If your interested in reading more about Australian wildlife, check out this extensive post by our pals Travelling Weasels: How to Find Australian Animals (and how to avoid the nasty ones)
Thanks for reading!
Hannah and Taran here. We hail from Southern England, where we met online and are now realizing our mutual passion for travel here at NomaderHowFar. We discuss Nomadic Living, Simplifying your Life and Long-term Travel, to empower, motivate and inspire our readers. Get to know us here!