Mareeba Rock Wallaby

The Mareeba Rock Wallaby

 

Chinese girls on tourOne of the highlights of Perentie Tours  is Granite Gorge where visitors have a fantastic opportunity to get close to the Mareeba Rock Wallaby in their natural habitat. Many think that all things that hop are either Kangaroos or Wallabies but this not true and the Mareeba Rock Wallaby is just one example of more than fifty species in Australia in the Family Macropodidae (i.e. big feet).

 

Mareeba Rock Wallaby – Petrogale mareebaGranite Gorge (6)

The Rock-wallabies (Petrogale spp.) are the most diverse genus among the living macropods with 16 species ranging from 1 to 12 kg in weight and are endemic to Australia and a few off shore islands. They favor rocky outcrops, cliffs and boulder piles, especially in the wet-dry tropics but do extend into central Australia. Their ability to easily move among seemingly impossible rock faces (often carrying a young Joey in their pouch) defies belief.  Their pads are spongy and thick so that they compress on the hard surfaces to maximise grip. As with all macropods, their tail acts as a counterbalance and rudder in rapid hopping across uneven surfaces allowing for changes of direction in mid-air.

Mareeba Rock Wallaby Distribution

The Mareeba Rock Wallaby is found in other locations other than Granite Gorge where they are best known because of their friendly response to humans. Males average 4.5 kg and have a definite pecking order with the older male often acting solitary and carry scaring from battles when they were in their prime. Females average 3.8 kg and seem respectful of age.

Visited by Perentie Tours on Day Tours

Mareeba Rock Wallaby

If you wish to get close to a Mareeba Rock Wallaby at Granite Gorge, squat or sit, make no sudden movements and don’t try and touch them. They will come to you.

 Further information can be found at http://granitegorge.com.au/wordpress/

 or have a look at the Perentie Tours home page

 

 

About Gary Bondeson

Gary has been directly involved in tourism in Far North Queensland since the 1990’s. His passion for the area was inspired by the rich history and many points of interest concentrated in the region and felt a strong desire to share this with others. Gary is heavily involved with tourism development and even co-hosted an episode of the popular travel show 'The Great Outdoors’ with Tom Williams showing the limestone caves of Chillagoe located 200kms west of Cairns. After being away for 5 years, Gary has now returned to the area that he holds so dear to his heart to share his knowledge and experience with those who wish to have a Fair Dinkum Ozzy experience.

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