Kangaroos mostly live in the outback, a massive area a long way off the normal tourist route. Even then ‘roos generally rest up during the heat of the day, feeding at night, so the first sight of one might be in the headlights of your bus as your driver applies emergency braking.
On a quick two or three week trip taking in the country’s prime tourist targets – Sydney, Cairns, Uluru and perhaps Melbourne the average joe is very unlikely to stumble across an average joey (a baby kangaroo).
However for those keen to see the iconic Australian animal could try Kangaroo Island, 13kms off the coast near Adelaide and accessible by car ferry. It’s home to kangaroos in Flinders Chase National Park with wallabies, echidnas (a kind of hedgehog), possums, koalas, goannas (big lizards), sea lions, fur seals, penguins and even platypus in different locations.
Plenty of birds too, and whales in season (June-September).
However, Anglesea Golf Course, just off the Great Ocean Road (near Melbourne) is famous for hosting some remarkably relaxed animals who just love a gentle game while Adelaide’s Cleland houses quite a number of the big hoppers, though somehow they don’t fit in as well there as the smaller wallabies.
Getting to meet indigenous animals in Cleland Wildlife Park, Adelaide. Wallabies are always up for a social.
Award-winning Cleland Wildlife Park is home to over 130 species of Australian wildlife, 20 minutes outside Adelaide in south Australia. Many animals roam freely in the huge park, creating impromptu opportunities to mingle with the natives.
Wallabies (small kangaroos) seem to be more urban and less nervous animals than most ‘roos and may be spotted lurking around quiet suburbs of small towns or standing by the road chewing a leaf wondering whether to hop in front of your shiny new rental.