Sunrise on the beach is pretty spectacular no matter where you are, but at Cape Hillsborough in Queensland every morning a mob of wallabies gathers on the sand to pick at the seaweed, seed pods and grasses on the shore line.
Earlier this month, Adam, myself, our English visitors and my parents rose extra early to watch this amazing sight…
There was a sharp coolness to the air when we wandered onto the dark and quiet beach. We murmured quietly among ourselves and waited for our eyes to adjust to the murky darkness, the calming sound of waves lapping in our ears.
Slowly but surely, a smudge of light appeared on the horizon and the grainy light of day emerged. Soon we were able to make out dark shapes a few metres down from where we were standing.
The wallabies weren’t tame – you had to keep your distance – but you could tell they were used to people watching them every day. There were probably close to 60 tourists on the beach the morning we visited, and I recently read the operators of a nearby tourist park have had to take control of the visitors after some some undesirable behaviour.
It was really magical though to watch these beautiful animals move across the beach, nibbling away. Wallabies really have such sweet faces and I love their big, dark intelligent eyes.
Although the morning was overcast, the pastel sunrise still cast a beautiful glow over the beach. Like a fresh snowfall, there’s something delightful about seeing a beach free of footprints.
We left the beach just as sun started to rise higher into the sky. A pretty perfect morning really.
Have a wonderful week. x