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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Reef HQ Aquarium

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$22 - 70
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and the Australian Government's national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef. Immerse yourself in the underwater viewing tunnel offering magical views of a living coral reef and the predators that prowl the water depths.

Wavelength Reef Cruises

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Set sail from Cairns aboard Ocean Spirit, a beautiful 32 metre sailing catamaran, to the unique and pristine reef environment of Michaelmas Cay. Encircled by fringing reef teeming with colourful marine life including sea turtles and giant clams, it is also a protected seabird sanctuary.

Gold Coast Island Buggy Tours

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Gold Coast Island Buggy Tours offers a new exciting adventure tour to the Gold Coast. This tour combines four great activities in their half day buggy tour. Your day starts off with a luxury boat cruise to South Stradbroke Island.

Blue Dolphin Fraser Island Eco Adventure Sail

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Blue Dolphin Marine Tours is Hervey Bay’s leading eco-tour operator. Whales, Dolphins and Sunset Sails on the waters beside the World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Operating a 11.6 metre sailing catamaran and with over 32 years of experience with marine mammals, their multi-award winning tours operate all year round.

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