Cape Hillsborough near Mackay Queensland has become famous for the wild wallabies and kangaroos that visit the beach at sunrise each day
Evidence of the Juipera (sometimes spelt Yuibera) mob’s living arrangements lay scattered across Cape Hillsborough like toys tossed from a sandpit by a recalcitrant toddler. Shell middens here, rock fish traps there, axe heads chiselled from stone aplenty, the implements of Indigenous peoples who roamed this land. Fire pits that were once used to roast wallabies and seafood, their discarded shells cast aside provide rich fodder for historians.
By the time Capt. James Cook sailed in and named the headland after the Earl of Hillsborough in 1770 the Juipera had been the dominant tribe, hunting and gathering on the cape for eons.
Wallabies of Cape Hillsborough and Mackay
Where the town of Mackay now sits, wallabies and kangaroos were in abundance while the Coral Sea had enough turtles, dugongs and fish to sustain all the Indigenous tribes.
These days however, Cape Hillsborough is better known for the wallabies and kangaroos who famously populate the beach early each morning. Now, it’s camera-toting travellers who follow these wild marsupials, which have become one of the area’s main tourist attractions. Each morning before sunrise throngs of visitor wait in anticipation, camera’s poised, for the wallabies to show up near Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park.
They are rarely disappointed.