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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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.

Go Ride A Wave - Gold Coast

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Go Ride A Wave is Australia's largest and most professional learn to surf organisation. Enjoy a 2 hour surf lesson for beginners every day at several locations along the Gold Coast including Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Kirra near Coolangatta.

Ocean Freedom to the Outer Edge Upolu Reef and Upolu Cay Reef- Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours

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Ocean Freedom is one of 2 most personal Great Barrier Reef Tours operated by the passionate Cairns Premier Reef and Island Tours' team. Experience 6 hrs of un-rushed activities at two very unique and different Great Barrier Reef sites.

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.

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Wangetti, Douglas Area
From AU$39.00 - 130.00
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in the North. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, wallabies, reptiles, insects and other native fauna.

Wildlife Habitat

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$36 - 90
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.

Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
Free Entry
A wonderful landscape of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations make Finch Hatton Gorge a must-see attraction. There are many walking tracks which weave through sub-tropical rainforest.

Quicksilver Cruises

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Experience the Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver, Australia's most awarded reef cruise company. Choose from Quicksilver’s multi-award winning Outer Reef Cruise to the renowned Agincourt Reef where you’ll find the widest range of reef activities suitable for families and all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers included.

Australian Sunset Safaris

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Picture yourself travelling in a four-wheel drive bus along Fraser Island's beaches and rainforest tracks, swimming in a crystal clear lake with a white sandy bottom. Or how about paddling in a completely transparent kayak over sunken Moreton Island ship wrecks, seeing an abundance of fish and colourful coral through the bottom of your kayak?

Watersports Guru

Watersports Guru have taken thousands of guests on a wonderful journey to discover the fun and splendour of the oceans. Snorkelling with the turtles at Cook Island, whale watching on the Tweed Coast, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on Cudgen Creek Kingscliff, learning to surf, or showing people the beauty of the underwater world through scuba diving.
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