Kangaroos - Wildlife - Queensland, Australia

Kangaroos

Kangaroos are one of Australia’s most famous assets, and Queensland has more than its fair share of these hoppy creatures.

You can see kangaroos and wallabies in the wild in a number of spots (and even on golf courses!). Here are some of the more famous spots:
To get your kangaroo selfie for Facebook get yourself down to any of Queensland’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries to see one of our famous roos. They love to pose!



Kangaroos are one of Australia’s most famous assets, and Queensland has more than its fair share of these wonderful creatures. In fact, the variety of Queensland kangaroos is simply astounding. Take a look at the list of Kangaroos, Wallabies and other “Macropodidae” (the fancy scientific name for the Kangaroo family) you can see in Queensland…


Red Kangaroo  Eastern Grey Kangaroo Western Grey Kangaroo
Common Wallaroo Antilopine Wallaroo Bennett's Tree-kangaroo
Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo         Agile Wallaby Black-striped Wallaby
Whiptail Wallaby  Red-necked Wallaby Swamp Wallaby
Herbert's Rock-wallaby Unadorned Rock-wallaby Mareeba Rock-wallaby
Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Proserpine Rock-wallaby Purple-necked Rock-wallaby     
Sharman's Rock-wallaby Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby       Bridled Nailtail Wallaby
Northern Nailtail Wallaby Red-legged Pademelon Red-necked Pademelon


... phew, that's a lot of roos!

  • There are over 60 different species of kangaroo and their close relatives, with all kangaroos belonging to the super family Macropodoidea (or macropods, meaning ‘great-footed’).
  • The word kangaroo derives from the Guugu Yimithirr word gangurru, referring to grey kangaroos.
  • The adult male Kangaroo is called buck, boomer or jack.
  • Adult females are called doe, flyer or jill.
  • The largest Kangaroo is the Red Kangaroo, which can reach 2m in height, and can weigh up to 90kg!
  • Eastern Greys are slightly smaller, reaching up to 1.5m in height and up to 60kg. Although smaller than big Reds, they can however keep up with the big guys, jumping just as far (up to 9m in a single bound!)
  • All kangaroos are herbivores.
  • On land kangaroos can't move their hind legs independently, only together. But when they are swimming they kick each leg independently. Weird!

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Ocean Safari

Multiple Locations
Experience Queensland's real wild side on this Great Barrier Reef half day Eco Tour. The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the Ocean Safari vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Cobbold Gorge Tours

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Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region of Far North Queensland is a hidden outback oasis - Cobbold Gorge. Only a six hour drive from Cairns and Townsville, you can immerse yourself in the natural wonder of a truly unique North Queensland outback holiday destination.

Whitsunday Segway Tours

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Ride your own Segway through the spectacular Conway National Park rainforest along the Whitsunday Great Walk. Surrounded by lush rainforest and flowing streams, their experienced tour guide will share interpretive commentary, highlighting the local flora and fauna and points of interest during the nine kilometre round journey.

Down Under Tours Australia

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With so much to see in the magnificent Tropical North Queensland region, Down Under Tours are the day touring specialists, and offer a variety of options to suit every taste. Choose from a huge selection of Cairns day tours, including the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Tjapukai Cultural Park, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Rainforestation, or Cape Tribulation and Daintree tours including their Daintree Walkabout tour.

RnR White Water Rafting, Cairns, Queensland

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Tropical North Queensland is renowned for Reef and Rainforest and the most exciting and fun way to discover this pristine rainforest is white water rafting. RnR White Water Rafting, based in Cairns, is renowned as Australia's white water rafting specialists, with over 20 years experience in Tropical North Queensland.

Kanu Kapers Australia

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Family owned and passionately operated by a local kayak world champion, Kanu Kapers use top of the range locally handcrafted sea kayaks for their one day and overnight sustainable kayak adventures. One of just two Everglades in the world, the pristine Noosa Everglades wilderness is a unique place of serene natural beauty, bursting with rare bird and plant species and is best experienced under paddle.

Tangatours - Moreton Island

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Operating on the beachfront of Tangalooma Island Resort, Tangatours is an exciting adventure and tourism operator which provides both land and water based activities to the resort and day guests. What a perfect way to spend a day in paradise, sailing along the crystal clear waters of Moreton Bay in one of their easy to use Catamarans, getting up close and personal with the large array of sea life on their fish feeding, snorkelling or diving tours and much much more!

1770 Liquid Adventures

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1770 Liquid Adventures offer guided kayak tours and kayak hire in the picturesque Town of 1770, the birthplace of Queensland. Join 1770 Liquid Adventures on a fully guided sunset kayak adventure around the spectacular 1770 headland and conservation park.

Passions of Paradise

Cairns, Cairns Area
Get up close to a giant maori wrasse, follow a turtle over colourful coral gardens or swim with a reef shark when you dive, snorkel and sail the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns with Passions of Paradise.

Sunreef Mooloolaba

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Sunreef Mooloolaba, based in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is the longest established dive centre in the region, with roots starting back in 1976. Sunreef is a Five Star PADI Training Centre and offers accredited dive courses for all levels of divers as well as local reef dives, snorkelling trips and diving on the ex-HMAS Brisbane and beautiful Flinders Reef.
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