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on the wallaby (track)

Traveling without employment or a fixed address, especially through or around the Australian bush, either as recreation or due to economic circumstances. After they retired, my parents sold their home, bought a caravan, and decided to go on the wallaby for as long as their savings would allow them. Many men were forced to go on the wallaby track, as jobs were scarce at the time.
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on the wallaby track

If someone is on the wallaby or on the wallaby track, they are unemployed. They were on the wallaby track, travelling on foot from station to station.
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on the wallaby (or wallaby track)

(of a person) unemployed and having no fixed address. Australian informal
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Tom Decent (Sydney Morning Herald) Cheika is in the midst of his biggest challenge as a coach since taking over in 2014, but says he is not feeling the heat despite the Wallabies being one loss away from equalling the mark of seven defeats in a row which led to the sacking of Eddie Jones in 2005.
The wallabies from the Wheatbelt will help establish two new populations in Kalbarri National Park and supplement the small population," Mr Jacob said.
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Former Newcastle Falcons star Wilkinson retired before Toulon pressed on to an unprecedented third successive European crown, with Giteau and Mitchell since drafted back into the Wallabies set-up.
Increased foot traffic, a succession of bitter winters and dog attacks whittled the wallabies down to just 14 by 1985.
According to reports, the ARU is limiting spending on inexperienced players with only those who have played for the Wallabies for more than two years eligible for a wage boost.
He led the Wallabies to third place in the 2011 tournament and to the Tri-Nations title in 2011.
They were unfortunate to lose to France in the Rugby World Cup semi-final, after playing with 14 men for most of the game, and they were certainly difficult opponents for the Wallabies in the bronze final.
Former Wallabies full-back Matt Burke sees similarities to the build-up to the 1999 World Cup, which Australia won having beaten New Zealand in their final warm-up game.
It is unusual for wallabies to be born in captivity, let alone albino ones, but we give them a good life here and they are happy.
Melbourne, Nov 24 (ANI): Healthy female wallabies are more likely to give birth to boys than daughters, a new study has found.
Wallabies snacking in opium poppy fields are getting "high as a kite" and hopping around creating crop circles.
Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock punctuated a lackluster test match as he fought off two tacklers to score the only try of the second half, giving Australia a 16-9 win over South Africa in their Tri-Nations rugby match.
AUSTRALIA legend John Eales expects the Wallabies to deliver a knock-out blow to England in Saturday's showdown in Marseille.