Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

Red Necked Wallaby

As their name suggests, Red necked Wallabies can be recognised by their reddish hue across their shoulders, standing out from their otherwise greyish coat. Mainly solitary creatures, they do team up, forming mobs, where food is abundant and shelter available. Their diet consists of grasses, roots, tree leaves, and weeds.

Like many Australian native species, these animals are mainly nocturnal, usually resting – not necessarily sleeping – during the day.

Red Necked Wallabies are promiscuous – two or more males will mate with two or more females, and breeding takes place between December and May, and all year round where resources are abundant. Males display aggressive behaviour towards each other when competing for females and can often be heard growling and hissing when in a fight. After a gestation period of 30 days, one young is born to each female. Bean-size like newborn kangaroos, they crawl into the pouch after birth where they stay for about 7 months, before becoming independent.

Red Necked Wallabies can be found in Tasmania, and across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, inhabiting grassland, forests, and coastal regions in temperate and tropical climate zones alike.

Wimbirr in the Wurundjeri language, wallabies have been a source for protein for First Nations Peoples, and their skins were used as water carriers.