Best Kept Secret: Cute Baby Rock Wallabies in Kakadu
When people ask us why Wildiaries was set up there are a few answers. Our favourite is "to connect people to nature".
Australia is a country of incredible diversity (a 'mega-diverse country, no less) and yet, each year tens of thousands of people file past the most beautiful animals without any idea they are there.
So if you think people are missing out, you might want to share things on this site or sign up for our email list.
A good example of a missed opportunity is the very cute Short-eared Rock Wallabies at Ubirr in Kakadu National Park. Kakadu is one of the most famous National Parks in the world, each year about 200,000 people pass through and most would end up at Ubirr. Famed for its rock art Ubirr is also a stunning place to watch the sunset.
We turned up at eight o'clock in the morning to look for the wallabies - it took about ten seconds to find them. We were filming for Tourism Australia's National Landscapes Nature Series.
We showed a few people the animals as they passed by. A bus load of tourists turned up and the driver briefly referred to the wallabies. People at the back didn't hear so we called them over and set the telescope up for them to have a closer look - I wonder whether this was to be one of their more memorable encounters that day?
If you want to look for these yourself, it's simple. About 100m after the car park, there is a rock face on the right, just before the sign that says "Protecting Rock Art". You'd be wise to have a pair of binoculars on you to get a really good view ... ask anyone who has a pair how much more fulfilling their holiday was as a consequence. If you haven't got binoculars, get some!
Turn up nice and early. The place opens at 08:30 but you'll be among the first there. The animals are also likely to be around in the evening but the sunlight might not be so favourable.
We saw four or five wallabies immediately around 08:30am including the young one in the video above. They were feeding on tree leaves then heading for a high point and sunning themselves. The nights can be bitterly cold this time of year.
Within an hour they had headed off to seek some shade ... and get out of sight of soaring eagles. Where animals are concerned, it's useful to have a bit of a heads up as they don't tend to wait around for long. I wonder why, like so many parks world-wide, Kakadu doesn't have a sign board for animal sightings that day and why the rangers aren't prescribed the job of showing people these wonderful creatures.
For us, it was one of the highlights.
Watching Short-eard Rock Wallabies near the car park at Ubirr.