Spotting kangaroos at Cape Hillsborough

Kangaroos at Cape Hillsborough

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In December last year, I went to Cape Hillsborough National Park as part of a road trip along Australia’s East Coast with some of my best friends. I must be honest, I didn’t know much about this place before the trip, but spotting kangaroos at Cape Hillsborough became one of the highlights of our three-week road trip. And I believe that everyone should drive by to experience the Australian animals up close. In this post, I share our experience that hopefully can inspire you to visit Cape Hillsborough yourself.

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Getting there

Cape Hillsborough National Park is located in a remote area two hours drive from the Whitsundays at north and one hour drive from Mackay at south. The easiest way to get there is by car via Bruce Hwy. Alternatively, you can take a flight to Mackay and drive from there. The beach where you can spot the kangaroos and wallabies is located next to Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park where you can park your vehicle.

Where to stay

As you will have to be at the beach before sunrise to spot the kangaroos and wallabies, I can highly recommend booking a night at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park that is a combined nature resort with small low-key huts and cabins and campsite. It’s very conveniently located one minute walk from the beach and has all the required facilities you need for a single night.

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Spotting kangaroos at the beach

The kangaroos and wallabies come to the beach at sunrise so you’ve to wake up early to spot them. We were told to be there at 5 am, however, you should ask in the reception for the precise time as it varies.

We got to the beach at 4.45 am when it was still completely dark. A few kangaroos and wallabies had already shown up and we joined the few other people who were spectating the animals. The kangaroos and wallabies come to the beach to eat seaweed and mangrove seed pods. However, when we visited they were more interested in eating the animal food that a local nature guide poured on the ground.

Immediately after he showed up many animals jumped to the beach from their shed, and it was a spectacular sight to see both large and small, old and young and a single joey in a pouch that appeared to join the eating. By then the sun had also started to rise, and it was a moment where I had to pinch myself in the arm to understand how lucky I was to experience this.

After around an hour, the kangaroos and wallabies had almost eaten all the animal food and many of them jumped back to the surrounding mangrove. And we decided to head back to the campsite very happy with what we had just experienced.

Going to Cape Hillsborough was a unique experience, and I can highly recommend an early morning on the beach with numerous kangaroos and wallabies to anyone!

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I december sidste år tog jeg til Cape Hillsborough National Park som en del af et roadtrip langs Australiens østkyst med nogle af mine bedste veninder. Jeg må være ærlig at indrømme, at jeg ikke vidste meget om dette sted før turen, men at spotte kænguruer ved Cape Hillsborough blev et af højdepunkterne på vores tre uger lange roadtrip. Og jeg vil vove at påstå, at alle bør køre dertil for at opleve det australske dyr helt tæt på. I dette indlæg deler jeg vores oplevelse, der forhåbentlig kan inspirere dig til at besøge Cape Hillsborough. 

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Sådan kommer du dertil

Cape Hillsborough er placeret i et øde område to timers kørsel fra the Whitsundays i nord og en times kørsel fra Mackay i syd. Den nemmeste vej at komme dertil er i bil via Bruce Hwy. Alternativt kan du flyve til Mackay og køre derfra. Stranden, hvor du kan spotte kænguruer og wallabies er placeret lige ved siden af Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park, hvor du kan parkere dit køretøj.

Her skal du bo

Da du skal være på stranden før solopgang for at spotte kænguruerne og wallabierne, kan jeg anbefale at booke en nat på Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park, der er et kombineret naturresort med små simple hytter og en campingplads. Det er meget bekvemt placeret et minuts gang fra stranden og har alle de faciliteter, du har brug for for en enkelt nat. 

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At spotte kænguruer på stranden

Kænguruerne og wallabierne kommer til stranden ved solopgang, så du skal tidligt op for at spotte dem. Vi var blevet fortalt, at vi skulle være der klokken 5 – du bør dog spørge i receptionen, for det præcise tidspunkt kan ændre sig. 

Vi var ved stranden klokken 4.45, da det stadig var helt mørkt. Et par enkelte kænguruer og wallabier var allerede dernede, og vi stillede os sammen med de få andre, der stod og betragtede dyrene. Kænguruerne og wallabierne kommer til stranden for at spise tang og frø fra mangroven. Da vi var der, var de dog mere interesserede i det dyrefoder, som en lokal naturguide hældte på jorden. 

I samme sekund som han dukkede op, kom flere dyr hoppende ned på stranden fra deres skjul, og det var et mindeværdigt syn at se både store og små, gamle og unge og en enkelt lille kænguruunge, der kom frem fra sin mors pung for at spise. På det tidspunkt var solen også begyndt at stå op, og det var et moment, hvor jeg blev nødt til at nive mig selv i armen for at forstå, hvor heldig jeg var at opleve dette. 

Efter cirka en time havde kænguruerne og wallabierne næsten spist al dyremaden og mange af dem hoppede tilbage til den omkringliggende mangrove. Og vi besluttede at gå tilbage til campingpladsen lykkelige over, hvad vi lige havde oplevet.

At tage til Cape Hillsborough var en unik oplevelse, og jeg kan på det varmeste anbefale en tidlig morgen på stranden i selskab med masser af kænguruer og wallabier til alle! 

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