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Unlikely places to find kangaroos

You don’t have to head into the outback or visit a zoo to see Australia’s favourite animals. In fact, you can spot kangaroos and wallabies in some pretty surprising locations.

By Paul Robinson
Published: 22 December, 2017

A kangaroo encounter doesn’t only happen when you’re trekking in the outback or hiking through the rainforest. You can run into them at the beach, on the golf course, in town parks and holiday campgrounds. You might see a few taking in the scenery at a cliff-top lookout or checking out the state of the local footy oval. Here are a few spots where watching a wallaby or catching up with a kangaroo is pretty much guaranteed. Your best time to interact is morning and evening when the temperatures are cooler and the animals more active. ’Roos aren’t much for tanning, and tend to shelter from the midday sun wherever possible.

Surprising places to spot kangaroos

’Roos by the beach

In summer, Aussies hit the beach and kangaroos are no exception. Favourite sand and surf spots in NSW include Emerald Beach at Coffs Harbour, Angourie at Yamba, much of the coastal real estate in Eurobodalla and Pretty Beach on the south coast, where the ’roos hop over from Murramarang National Park.

In Victoria, the mobs of eastern grey kangaroos (along with most of the population) opt for a sojourn at Wilsons Promontory. The beaches of Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park often feature more marsupials than people, while Cape Hillsborough near Mackay in Queensland is a favourite for eastern greys and wallabies to do a bit of grass nibbling. Meanwhile, over in Western Australia, you can join the kangaroos lazing on the pure white sand of Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park.

Just like us, marsupials are also partial to a bit of spectacular Australian scenery. You can see kangaroos checking out the views from the cliff-top at Look at Me Now Headland in NSW and, in South Australia, western greys line the hills at Deep Creek Conservation Park and seem to watch the whales sail past the lighthouse at Cape Spencer.

Making friends while camping

Kangaroos and wallabies are very social animals and can be found sharing the facilities at many camping areas around the country, including Queensland’s Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park and Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary and Campground at Agnes Water, where the proprietors actually care for orphaned joeys (baby kangaroos). Other spots popular with wallabies and kangaroos include Lucky Bay Campground in WA, Black Springs campground in Coffin Bay (South Australia) and, in NSW, Merry Beach Caravan Resort in the Murramarang National Park and The Basin Campground in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. At Jenolan Caves, west of the NSW Blue Mountains, you may be lucky enough to spot a rare brush-tailed rock-wallaby. These endangered marsupials are making a comeback and have established a small colony near the caves. 

Parks and playing fields

You will also spot marsupials hanging around town centres, chilling out at local parks, golf courses and even footy ovals. A few known kangaroo hangouts include Weston Park by Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra and the Halls Gap footy oval in Victoria. Kangaroos are also apparently extremely partial to golf and you’ll be able to watch them lounging around the greens at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort in Cattai NSW, Anglesea Golf Club in Victoria (where they run kangaroo tours), as well as Margaret River Golf Club in WA. And large mobs of big eastern grey kangaroos love loitering in the shade of the gumtrees by the fairways at Mareeba Golf Club in Queensland.

If you like golf and kangaroos, you’ll love playing outback golf.