New South Wales: Kangaroos in the wild
Murramarang National Park
Murramarang National Park easily tops Australia’s kangaroo spotting charts. Eastern greys that gather on Pretty Beach and Pebbly Beach are tame enough to let you come close and take a one-of-a-kind “kangaroo on the beach” photo. Durras Lake North Holiday Park offers the world’s only Kangaroo Guarantee, giving you a full refund if you don’t manage to spot a kangaroo during your stay.
Jervis Bay National Park
Swamp wallabies are known for their strong odour—because of their smell, they've often been considered inedible by Aboriginal peoples. Along with eastern grey kangaroos, they are among the most sighted wild animals in Jervis Bay National Park.
The area around Coffs Harbour gives ample opportunities to view eastern grey kangaroos and swamp and red-necked wallabies. One of the best viewing spots is Look At Me Now Headland at Emerald Beach, about 15 minutes’ drive from Coffs Harbour.
Mungo National Park
Mungo National Park has a thriving population of Australia’s national animal. The park is an important Aboriginal site with records of Aboriginal life dating back 40,000 years, and is known for the Walls of China, the iconic 30 m (100’) high white sand structure.
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Wild Kangaroos in Queensland
Noosa National Park
Australia’s most visited national park hosts more than 2,800 wildlife species. The odds of seeing eastern grey kangaroos in Noosa are high around Elanda Point Campground and walking tracks on Mount Tinbeerwah.
Cape Hillsborough National Park
Sand-loving eastern grey kangaroos and wallabies gather on the beach of Cape Hillsborough National Park to feed on seaweed and mangrove seed pods. The real draw here is the spectacular sunrises. Don’t miss the opportunity to take unique photos of kangaroos against this stunning backdrop.
If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the elusive Bennett’s and Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos in Daintree Rainforest, one of the most biologically diverse rainforests in the world. Jindalba Boardwalk is where your chances of spotting them are highest. Keep your eyes open—this is also the habitat for many other endemic species including ringtail possums, buff breasted paradise kingfisher, and Boyd’s forest dragon.
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Victoria: Finding Kangaroos in the Wild
Mornington Peninsula National Park
Greens Bush in Mornington Peninsula National Park has its fair share of eastern grey kangaroos and black wallabies. They are common along the trail between Greens Bush and Highfield and Bushranger Bay walking track. Walk all the way to Camp Schanck Lighthouse and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular coastal views of Bass Straits.
Grampians National Park
Grampians National Park provides a unique opportunity to view kangaroos in the wild and witness their daily migration from the valley into the park. It’s also common to spot them roaming around the village of Halls Gap. If you have a few days to spare, check out the park’s excellent accommodation options, including glamping at Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park.
One of the closest places to Melbourne to see wild kangaroos is Westerfolds Park, easily accessible by public transportation. The park has a resident population of eastern grey kangaroos, but there are plenty of other animals here, including wallabies, wombats, echidnas, koalas, and possums.
Cardinia Reservoir Park
Several groups of wild kangaroos have made their home in Cardinia Reservoir Park. Information boards along the Kangaroo Viewing Trail provide many fascinating facts about this Aussie icon. Lysterfield Park, nestled on the foothills of the nearby Dandenong Ranges, is another prime spot for kangaroo watching.
The Great Ocean Road
You have a good chance of spotting eastern grey kangaroos along The Great Ocean Road, on the sandy shores of Gellibrand River Estuary, the township of Princetown, and Port Campbell National Park. Get there early for a spectacular sunrise at the magnificent natural rock formations of Twelve Apostles.
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South Australia's Wild Kangaroo Hotspots
Kangaroo Island kangaroos are a subspecies of the western grey kangaroo. They are smaller, sturdier, and have a longer chocolate-brown fur. The best places to come across these special creatures on Kangaroo Island are Lathami Conservation Park, Flinders Chase National Park, and Kelly Hill Conservation Park.
Belair National Park
Belair National Park offers a possibility of viewing western grey kangaroos, along with emus, koalas, and shy southern brown bandicoots.
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Kangaroo-spotting in Western Australia
Cape Le Grand National Park
Cape Le Grand National Park guarantees encounters with native western grey kangaroos. You’ll find plenty of them lounging on the white sand of Lucky Bay, which happens to be one of the nicest beaches in the country.
Cape Range National Park
There are plenty of open spaces in Cape Range National Park for kangaroos and black-footed rock-wallabies to roam free. Another highlight is the adjacent Ningaloo Marine Park where you can swim with whale sharks and discover over 500 tropical fish species.
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Northern Territory: Where to see wild kangaroos
Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park makes for an essential day trip from the city of Darwin, perfect for getting close to antilopine kangaroos and agile wallabies. This sprawling park houses hundreds of other wildlife species including sugar gliders, quolls, and flying foxes.
Namadgi National Park
With around 500 kangaroos per square kilometre, Namadgi National Park has the country’s greatest concentration of these wonderful animals. You’ll easily spot hundreds of eastern greys roaming happily in the open grassy areas.
Canberra Nature Park
It’s common for visitors to encounter large gatherings of kangaroos in Canberra Nature Park. Kangaroo sightings are virtually guaranteed at the east side of Mount Ainslie and around the horse paddocks of Mount Majura.
Find Wild Kangaroos in Tasmania
Narawntapu National Park
The wild grasslands of Narawntapu National Park attract mobs of eastern grey kangaroos, the only kangaroo species to be found in Tasmania. With its diverse coastal landscape, the park is one of Tasmania’s best wildlife-spotting destinations.
Maria Island National Park
Forester kangaroos were introduced to Maria Island National Park in the 1970s as their population started to decline on the mainland. They now hop around freely and you’ll spot them munching on grass or resting in the shade. The park is also home to the Tasmanian pademelon and all of Tasmania’s endemic bird species.
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