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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Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns

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Bad Fishy operates the thrilling "Tropical Twist" ride on The Trinity Inlet in Cairns. With spins, slides, speed and the stunning sights of Cairns it's loads of fun! Expect to get wet and have lots of laughs as your local skipper takes you on the 35 minute adventure.

Big Mama Sailing

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Big Mama Sailing is owned and operated by a small family (Stu, Lisa, Fletcher and boat dog Coco). They offer a personalised and memorable sailing experience. They are based in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island but are happy to pick up and drop off at Breakwater Marina, Townsville for private and large group bookings.

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.

Capricorn Caves

The Caves, Livingstone Area
From AU$32 - 90
Capricorn Caves is the premier nature based attraction in Central Queensland. Here you can explore spectacular caves set in a limestone ridge and even spot little insectivorous bats in certain seasons.

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.

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.

Paradise Seaplanes

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Take off from paradise on the Maroochy River in this magnificent flying machine and relive the romance of a bygone era. Adventure flights with Paradise Seaplanes in the only Wilga 80 seaplane in the southern hemisphere, are an experience to remember!

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Gladstone Area
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are proud of their reputation for exceptional diving and extraordinary service. It is their attention to detail that sets them apart. Spoilsport's specially designed itineraries provide more diving and more relaxed diving.

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.

Reef Magic Cruises

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If you only experience the Great Barrier Reef once you will want to see it at its best. Outer reef locations such as Marine World are visited by those wanting superior coral quality, colour and overall diversity of reef life.
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