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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Rainforestation Nature Park

Kuranda, Mareeba Area
The award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park is a 100 acre (40 hectare) tourist attraction set in the midst of World Heritage Rainforest. 30 minutes by coach from Cairns and five minutes away from Kuranda Village.

Kuranda Koala Gardens

Kuranda, Mareeba Area
From AU$19.00 - 19.00
This award winning boutique style wildlife experience, Kuranda Koala Gardens, is in Kuranda Village right at the Heritage Markets. This is the only place in Kuranda village where you can enjoy the 'Cuddle a Koala' opportunity.

Down Under Tours Australia

Multiple Locations
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.

Down Under Cruise and Dive

Multiple Locations
Down Under Cruise and Dive operate Australia's most luxurious reef vessel Evolution (a large, modern award-winning catamaran) cruising at high speed, providing a superior and comfortable ride in nearly all weather conditions.

Nautilus Aviation - Cairns

Multiple Locations
For that once in a lifetime experience, every time, Nautilus Aviation offers one of the best ways to see the world’s natural wonders just outside their doorsteps. With over 24 years of commitment to exceptional service, Nautilus Aviation have over 25 state-of-the-art helicopters across its bases in Queensland (Cairns, Townsville, and Horn Island), the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

Mossman Gorge Centre

Mossman, Douglas Area
From AU$9.50 - 9.50
Visit Mossman Gorge and experience the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest with pristine waterfalls, mountains and vivid flora and fauna, all the while getting lost in its enchanting stories and rich Indigenous heritage.

Calypso Reef Cruises

Multiple Locations
Calypso Reef Cruises offers family cruises, reef tours and dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling and scuba diving. Agincourt Reef - Explore the very outer Great Barrier Reef in luxury and style with Calypso.

Wildlife Habitat

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$34 - 85
The Advanced Eco-accredited Wildlife Habitat is a wildlife immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in a spacious natural setting. Visitors wander along elevated boardwalks, observing up close a huge range of flora and fauna as birds fly and animals roam freely.

Daintree Discovery Centre

Cow Bay, Douglas Area
From AU$32 - 35
A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River. The Centre is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area and where you can experience the rainforest at every level - from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy.

RnR White Water Rafting, Cairns, Queensland

Multiple Locations
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.
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