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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.
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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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A full-body X-ray was taken of the wallaby, which "thankfully did not reveal any significant injuries," a spokeswoman of the zoo said.
HOW" It isn't known if passengers were asked to use another route, nor is it known how the wallaby got on to the line.
This is definitely a new one for us but, most importantly, we are pleased that the wallaby was not harmed on the tracks and is hopefully now finding their way home.
As well as being the nickname for Australia's international rugby team, a wallaby is a smallor mid-sized macropod found in Australia and New Guinea and they belong to the same family as kangaroos.
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Speaking from Australia, Julian, who starred in Clint Eastwood's rugby-based film 'Invictus' alongside Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in 2009, said the wallaby was stranded a mile out.
They told how another wallaby had sneaked out of the same Welsh Mountain Zoo in Upper Colwyn Bay almost 40 years earlier - and gone on the run for seven months.
It suggests the tammar wallaby can detect a wide range of odours, which might help explain how the tiny bean-sized newborn wallaby can navigate it's way through its mother's fur to her pouch where it remains for nine months as it grows.
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.
but this orphaned baby is being taught how to be a wallaby again.
A RARE ALBINO wallaby, only the fifth to be born in captivity anywhere in the world has emerged from its mother's pouch.
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.