The best places to spot kangaroos

Silhouette of kangaroo bounds over outback plains in front of golden sunset.

The chances of spotting kangaroos in the wild increase at sunrise or sunset.

There’s something about viewing kangaroos in the wild that is truly captivating. Whether it’s their awkward stances, their inquisitive looks, or the way in which they appear to effortlessly yet gracefully bound through the air, kangaroos are a constant source of fascination.

These native animals can be spotted at abundant locations throughout Australia, but what happens if your four-year-old – or an international guest – exclaims ‘I want to see a kangaroo’. Do you know where you would take them?

Don’t fear – we have the answer. Whatever state or territory your travels take you, here are the top locations for kangaroo spotting. Please note: the best times to view kangaroos are either at dawn or dusk.

Mother kangaroo nibbles grass while joey leans out of pouch on a sunny day.

Anglesea Golf Club has a strong membership base of kangaroos.

When in VIC...

The Great Ocean Road region is our top pick for kangaroo spotting in Victoria. Most notably, two destinations at opposite ends of this famous road warrant most attention. Along the eastern section is the town of Anglesea, which is well-known for its hefty eastern grey kangaroo population. The local golf course is a popular hangout and the club even runs kangaroo-watching tours on weekdays. But you’ll also find ‘roos hovering on the grounds of BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park. At the western end of the Great Ocean Road, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, easily accessed from Warrnambool or Port Fairy, attracts its fair share of ‘roos as well as other wildlife.

Elsewhere, Grampians National Park is another reliable area for kanga watching, or simply spy these native animals from the grounds of BIG4 Grampians Parkgate Resort in Halls Gap.

Kangaroo eats with its paws on grass area overlooking sandy beach, cliffs and ocean.

Murramarang National Park is a roo-friendly area

Credit: North Sullivan/Destination NSW.

When in NSW...

If in New South Wales, try Murramarang National Park, just north of Batemans Bay in the beautiful South Coast region. Here, the eastern greys congregate near the beach.

On the North Coast, the area in and around Coffs Harbour presents ample opportunity to view a roo. And by now we can conclude with absolute certainty that eastern greys appreciate a great coastal outlook and are impartial to a game of golf: prime viewing spots include Safety Beach Golf Course near Woolgoolga and Look At Me Now Headland at Emerald Beach.

Golfer leans on his club on green in the sun watching group of kangaroos next to the course.

Kangaroos add to the challenge when having a round at The Vines Resort in the Swan Valley.

Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

When in WA...

Western Australia reaffirms the theory that our hop-happy friends love beaches and bunkers. The always glorious Cape Le Grand National Park, near Esperance in the South West WA region, is home to possibly the most famous location in the country for beach-going western greys: Lucky Bay.

In the Swan Valley, a renowned food and wine region that makes a great daytrip from Perth, kangas congregate at The Vines Resort’s two golf courses. They also roam the fairways of Wanneroo Golf Club, an easy drive north of Perth.

For something different, head to Francois Peron National Park in the World Heritage-listed Shark Bay area – and the wider Coral Coast WA region – to spot bilbies. Or take a peek at black-footed rock-wallabies in Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth.

Group of wallabies look down from large rock surrounded by trees on a sunny day

Spot allied rock-wallabies before they spot you when at Magnetic Island.

When in QLD...

Much like elsewhere around the country, spotting kangaroos in Queensland will draw you to the coast. At Cape Hillsborough National Park, easily accessed from Mackay, you’ll find eastern greys chilling on the sand.

Alternatively, jump on board a ferry from Townsville to nearby Magnetic Island to encounter adorable allied rock-wallabies. Crows Nest National Park is also ideal for spying brush-tailed rock-wallabies and swamp wallabies when day tripping from Toowoomba.

Wallaby stands up and stares amidst red outback rocks.

Black-footed rock-wallabies in and around Alice Springs make for a memorable sight.

When in NT...

It’s harder to pin down ‘roo hotspots than it is wallaby hangouts, so with that in mind we’ll concentrate on the latter. Head to Alice Springs and spot one of Australia’s largest populations of black-footed rock-wallabies from several locations near the town centre or throughout the MacDonnell Ranges. The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve is a good bet.

Elsewhere, Litchfield National Park makes for an essential daytrip from Darwin and has plenty of agile wallabies to gaze at.

Kangaroo stands on hind legs amongst scrubs and grass on a sunny day.

Kangaroos are abundant in Narawntapu National Park

Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Masaaki Aihara.

When in TAS...

The top spot in Tassie for viewing kangaroos is Narawntapu National Park, accessible from Launceston or the Tamar Valley. Within this wildlife haven, Forester kangaroos bound around freely.

Or head to glorious Freycinet National Park to spot Bennett’s wallabies. The park is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Coles Bay.

Close-up of kangaroo’s face looking puzzled in front of green bushland.

A puzzled look of a Kangaroo Island kangaroo in South Australia.

When in SA...

No, it’s not a misnomer – one of the most reliable areas to see kangaroos in South Australia is in fact on Kangaroo Island. Head to Flinders Chase National Park to spot what is known as the Kangaroo Island kangaroo (crazy, huh?) and plenty of other wildlife. Australia’s third-biggest island can be reached via ferry from Adelaide.

Back on the mainland, Belair National Park in Adelaide provides you with a good chance of spotting western grey kangaroos and makes for an adventurous day out whether you see a ‘roo or not.

Group of kangaroos stand on their hind legs in green bushland.

These eastern greys in Canberra smile happily for the camera.

When in ACT...

Heading inland, Canberra is one of the best places in Australia to see wild kangaroos. Myriad eastern greys roam the landscape and there are several hotspots to glimpse them. Among the most-trusted locations to see kangaroos in Canberra are treasure-packed Namadgi National Park and the popular viewing platform of Mount Ainslie.

 

Do you have any kangaroo hotspots our readers should know about? Jump onto the comments section below and share your thoughts.

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