The White Wallaby

Learn about the rare white wallaby, native to Bruny Island in Tasmania

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A White Wallaby
Image thanks to: Jack Berry

A White Wallaby

White Wallaby

Albino Bennetts Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus)

Albino Wallaby

The White Wallaby

Wallabies; those cute little baby kangaroos that hop around Tasmania are well worth the trip for nature lovers. But there’s a whole different kind of wallaby that lives down on Bruny Island — the White Wallaby. A lack of predators on the isolated island have allowed these super cute and cuddly creatures to thrive. Despite being incredibly sun sensitive and prone to cancers, the population of the white wallaby has exceeded over 200 on the small island south of Hobart. So make the trek to the isolated Bruny Island to hunt for these miraculous creatures.

Genetic Abnormailty

White Wallaby, Tasmania, AustraliaSo what causes these adorable creatures to have snow white fur, pink eyes, nose and claws? A genetic defect in the Bennett’s Wallaby has thrown off the balance of melanin in these little marsupials causing them to become albino. If this were the case nearly any other place on Earth, these unbelievably cute little hoppers would be snatched up by predators before reaching maturity. The rest would succumb to poor vision, cancers or other diseases. But a lack of predators on Bruny Island help these albino wallabies to survive and locals aid in their survival because they think they are cute. Bruny Island is likely the only place on earth where you can spot one of these majestic creatures.

Getting There

Adventure Bay on Bruny Island is the where you are most likely to see a white wallaby in the wild. Bruny Island is easily accessible from Hobart. It’s a quick 33 kilometres and 34-minute drive down to the south coast town of Kettering. There, you load up your car onto a fairy and take a 15-minute cruise to Bruny Island. The drive to Kettering from Launceston is 234 kilometres and nearly 3 hours. Devonport sits 315 kilometres clear on the other side of the island and that drive will take you 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Where to Find the White Wallaby

You’re likely to run into the white wallaby anywhere on Bruny Island due to a lack of discrimination. Perfectly healthy wallabies are willing to mate with albino wallabies just as easily as they are willing to mate with other healthy wallabies. This allows the albino genetic abnormality to spread amongst the community. But there is a specific place to look if you really want to spot one of these mythical creatures.

Wallabies are marsupials and are most active at sunrise and sunset. And the wallabies of Bruny Island are used to attention from human beings so it’s easy to get up close for a picture. But if you’re really itching to see a white wallaby in the wild, head down to the Adventure Bay Caravan Park at dusk. You can explore the area on foot or turn down Lockley Road; a dirt lane that can take you through the bush full of marsupial life.

Map of The White Wallaby

Australia Holiday Getaway on Bruny Island, Tasmania
Bruny Island - South East
Alonnah, Family Friendly, Large Garden, Bbq, Games Room, Kayaks, Pet Friendly
Alonnah - South East
43 Degrees Bruny Island
Adventure Bay - South
Omaroo Cottage Alonnah Bruny Island
Alonnah - South
Sanctuary Bruny Island
Adventure Bay - South
Mays Creek Cottage
Lunawanna - South
Bruny Island Varuna
Simpsons Bay - South
Bruny Spa Retreat
Adventure Bay - South
Cloudy Bay Villa
South Bruny - South
2 day tour – Two of Tasmania’s best
Hobart - Bruny Island
Bruny Island Day Tour
Bruny Island
Private Bruny Island Indulgence Day Trip from Hobart
Hobart - Bruny Island
Bruny Island Cruises Afternoon Cruise (2.5hrs)
Adventure Bay - Bruny Island
Bruny Island Cruises 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise
Adventure Bay - Bruny Island
Cape Bruny Lighthouse Sunset Tour
Bruny Island
Iconic Bruny Islands Lighthouse Tour
Bruny Island
Overnight Charter
Hobart - Derwent River
Two days on Bruny Island with personalised guiding
Bruny Island
Bruny Island Food & Mt Wellington Tour
Hobart - Bruny Island
Bruny Island Light House Tour
Bruny Island
The Bruny Island Long Weekend
Bruny Island
Bruny Island 3 Day Walk
Bruny Island
Southern Exposure – EPIC Tasmanian Adventures
Hobart
Bruny Island Traveller – Seven-Course Gourmet Day Tour
Hobart - Bruny Island
Bruny Island Cruises Full Day Tour from Hobart
Hobart - Bruny Island
Tasmanian Seafood Seduction
Bruny Island Cruise
Bruny Island Safaris – Food, Sightseeing and Lighthouse Tour
Bruny Island
Private Bruny Island Food and Wine Day Tour
Bruny Island
Bruny Island Private Scenic Tour – includes helicopter flight and lunch
Bruny Island
Day Sail Adventure – Bruny Island
Bruny Island

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What to Do

Bruny Island Day Tour

Bruny Island

Are you ready for your next Instagram pic? Bruny is arguably one of Tasmania’s most iconic locations. While its impossible to do everything in one day. We have designed various tours to fit in with the days weather conditions so we can make the most enjoyable experience for our customers. Nature walks, swimming in the pristine lagoon and ocean, spectacular scenery lookouts as well as sampling some of the island’s award winning produce. This is an active tour while relaxing and soaking up mother natures vibes at the same time. Make sure you keep an eye out for the unique local wildlife.

We pride ourselves on selling fun, which you are sure to experience onboard Tassie Tours. See you soon!

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AU$110

1 Day Tour

AU$110

1 Day Tour

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Bruny Island Traveller - Seven-Course Gourmet Day Tour

Hobart - Bruny Island

A Seven Course Gourmet food tour of Bruny Island. Explore spectacular landscapes and gourmet local produce on this full day land based tour.

AU$175

1 Day Tour

AU$175

1 Day Tour

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Bruny Island Safaris - Food, Sightseeing and Lighthouse Tour

Bruny Island

Bruny Island Foods, Sightseeing & Lighthouse Tour. Meet the islands finest food producers, see the amazing coastlines and National Park. Includes lunch, all food tastings, white wallaby in the wild and exclusive CAPE BRUNY LIGHTHOUSE TOUR.

AU$149

Full day tour

AU$149

Full day tour

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The Bruny Island Long Weekend

Bruny Island

3-day luxury guided food, wine and walking tour. Guests are treated to coastal walks, produce direct from the source, luxury camping and exquisite meals.

AU$1795

3 Day Tour

AU$1795

3 Day Tour

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