Magnetic Island, a short ferry ride from Townsville, Australia is one of the few places (if not the only place) in Australia where you can feed wild Rock Wallabies. At dusk, the Rock Wallibies hang out in Arcadia near the pier. When I drove up to the pier I couldn’t believe my eyes.
While on Magnetic Island, I ran into a friend I met in Noosa at my hostel and we decided to rent a 4×4 truck to tour the little quaint island. With an off-roading vehicle we were able to go where cars cannot. Throughout the day, we visited the top sights on the island including: Horseshoe Bay, Bungalow Bay Koala Village, Forks Hike, Magnetic Island National Park, Nelly Bay, Radical Bay, Florence Bay, and West Point for sunset, yet our favorite stop was visiting the Rock Wallabies. When our hostel told us that we could feed wild Rock Wallabies I was skeptical we would actually see any. I’ve yet to see a wild Koala and I have gone to all of the main sites, including the Forks Hike where the iconic sightings occur. Yet I have not seen one. I thought it would be the same with the Wallabies. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
When we showed up just before sunset they were scattered everywhere. The little babies ran around like supersonic energized bunnies while playing with each other. They are the cutest little things I have ever seen. When we walked toward them the adults froze in their tracks with curiosity. Some of the brave ones even started hopping toward us. I couldn’t believe what was happening. It felt like a dream where all the little creatures come to me as if I am Mother Nature. I wish! They could smell the fruit in our carrying bag.
We were told that if we sat down and started breaking fruit up in little pieces they would come. Before I could even sit down, I was surrounded by my little furry friends. The babies were too timid to come so we threw them little pieces of banana which they delightfully enjoyed. Boy do they ever enjoy bananas. Apples were second best, and some didn’t want the oranges at all after having the taste of sweet banana. I started placing small pieces of banana on the ground all around me and before I knew it some were even crawling into my lap trying to take the banana out of my very hands. Such friendly little creatures. I could have sat there all day and fed them. I am sure there was over a hundred of them in the area.
I couldn’t stop laughing while feeding them; they are hilarious. The funniest part is how they were so curious about my GoPro (especially the males), running right up to the camera and sniffing away. Maybe they thought the bright orange floaty attached to the back was fruit. In any case, it was historical. I got some great shots of them! It’s as if they each have their own personality. I could have narrated their every move. As you can see, it is no wonder why this was a highlight while on Magnetic Island. It is not every day you have wild Rock Wallabies crawling into your lap like curious children trying to steal the banana from your hand. For a highlight of mine, I can’t believe this experience cost me the price of a couple pieces of fruit. Priceless.
Have you had any lifetime experiences that were free or cost you nearly nothing? I would love to hear about them. It’s the free things in life that are priceless.