Me and the Wallabies

I mentioned in the Koala post that I prefer kangaroos to koalas. I should have included wallabies in that statement of preference. Most people think the difference between kangaroos and wallabies is size. Most kangaroos are bigger than most wallabies, but the size difference does not always exist. The Kangaroo Island kangaroos, for example, are only about three feet tall. The real difference is the number of molars in their mouths—wallabies have one set fewer than kangaroos, which is why they usually have dantier, prettier faces than kangaroos. Kangaroos can look a bit horsey, due to that longer jaw. But I love them both. They have heaps of personality, and as one person told me (a gent on Kangaroo Island), “They make wonderful, faithful pets.” Don’t I wish.

Anyway, I do have a great affection for the creatures. Here’s a photograph of me at a national park in central Tasmania, on the shores of Lake St. Clair. The wallabies here are Bennett’s wallabies. These beautiful, gentle creatures are only too happy to share your picnic—particularly as it was spring, and the females all had joeys.

Me with Bennett’s wallabies in Tasmania


Filed under Australia, Photography, Travel

4 responses to “Me and the Wallabies

  1. Pearlview

    they’re cute! the kangaroos…I’ve not touched one before though..

  2. Hi Cynthia,

    A couple of months back you posted a comment on my Australian holiday blog. I’ve been reading you on and off ever since and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your stories..

    We saw lots of Bennett’s in Tas, along with wombats, a couple of devils, Pademelons ,and an eastern quoll. Not to mention lots of birds. We didn’t venture far south of Cradle Mountain but I though Tas was one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited..


  3. Thanks, Tony.

    And I agree—Tasmania is beautiful. I got all the way south, to Port Arthur, but the Cradle Mountain area was one of the loveliest parts of Tassie. Did you get to Russell Falls?

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