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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. Primarily heard in Australia. 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.
See also: on, track, wallaby
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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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The zoo's senior veterinarian, Larry Vogelnest added: "As with all wildlife brought into our care, our hope is that the wallaby will be able to be released back into the wild.
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Bob Lawrence, the park's director of wildlife, said: "It is likely that the wallaby was born early November, hidden from view and thriving in mum's pouch.
The Australian Parks Service purchased and protected the land, securing the future of the bridled nailtail wallaby, whose numbers are still rising today.
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A RARE ALBINO wallaby, only the fifth to be born in captivity anywhere in the world has emerged from its mother's pouch.
"As far as we're concerned he is not going anywhere." Meanwhile, Wallaby skipper Stirling Mortlock has declared the recent tour of Europe a success.
And what in the world is a wandering, wayward wallaby anyway?
Some, such as his shot of an albino wallaby with delicately crossed paws and eyes narrowed as if against something painful, are gently otherworldly; others, such as the study of an explosion suspended in a cool, green glen, are more patently strange.