Australia (Part 3) – Eungella NP & Cape Hillsborough
It’s while reading a magazine, that I found a beautiful photo of a wild wallaby on a beach at sunrise.
Unbelievably, this amazing sight happens every day at dawn on the beach of Cape Hillsborough where tens of wallabies and kangaroos scour the morning tide for mangrove seed pods and seaweed.
We had just left Airlie Beach, it was about 9am and we were one hour drive from the place. We obviously decided to stay in the area to enjoy the show the next morning.
EUNGELLA NATIONAL PARK
Australia is well done and just a few kilometers west from there is the Eungella National Park.
The Eungella Plateau rises to 1260m and got its name (Eungella means ‘land of the cloud’ in aboriginal) due to its moisture (the average annual rainfall is more than 2000mm) and also to the fact that it’s mainly covered by dense rainforest.
It is one of Queensland’s most ecologically diverse parks with a wonderful variety of wildlife including the platypus.
The platypus is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to Australia and is part of the species of monotremes (the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth).
Because of their shyness, they’re more comfortable in the dark and are hard to spot. Most Australians have never seen any wild ones.
The park offers nice walks, stunning views and a platypus « hunt » as exciting as invigorating.
It’s only late in the day that we were lucky enough to spot some. With their duck-billed, beaver-tailed and otter-footed they are fascinating.
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The next day, we had a hard time waking up. The idea was to arrive at the iconic beach at dawn to not miss the show.
We arrived with the first rays of the Sun and there, the magic started.
We first saw some shapes to finally be able to fully observe these incredible creatures as the sun was rising. We were lucky enough to not having had to share that moment with nobody (one of the many advantages to travel low-season).
We were torn between the urge of taking thousands of photos and to enjoy the moment at its fullest. Once again, the world stopped turning and we left with stars (sorry, wallabies) in our eyes!
Our advice: you really need to arrive BEFORE sunrise. Once the light is there, and it’s only a matter of minutes, these adorable little creatures will quickly bounce away and disappear.