Camping With The Kangaroos
Australians of all generations and across the country cannot deny that kangaroos are a major part of the Australian identity. They’re on our coat of arms with the emu, on our 50 cent and one dollar coins, the main character on Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, on the tail of every QANTAS plane (giving their planes the nickname “The Flying Kangaroo”), and the North Melbourne Football Club made kangaroos their mascot.
Kangaroos are known throughout the world and are associated with Australia. They have hopped into the hearts of locals as well. So naturally, both Aussies and tourists want to see such an admired animal. While it’s very easy to go to a zoo to see some roos, it’s a really tip-top experience to see them in the wild.
Obviously, roos live in the bush, and Mars Campers can tell you the best spots to find these guys, as well as other Australian animals. Just make sure that you don’t hit any while driving on the highways; they’ll smash up your car! So keep your eyes peeled for Kangaroo road crossing signs throughout Australia, as well as the roos themselves.
Great Ocean Road, VIC
Whenever people think about travelling to Victoria, they will without a doubt consider checking out the Great Ocean Road. This 243-kilometre stretch of road along the Garden State’s south-eastern coast is home to the famous Twelve Apostles and beachside towns like Anglesea and Torquay. The area is also home to eastern grey kangaroos.
Since the Great Ocean Road is a bloody mammoth sized place, we’ll narrow down where the best spots to see roos are. Anglesea, in general, has many roos, but if you’re a golfer, you’re in for a treat – the Anglesea Golf Course is full of them! You can check out the roos gawking at you as you get more and more agro when you’re trying to hit your ball out of the bunker. But if you’re not into golf, there are roo tours available here on weekdays as well.
In terms of camping, there are 25 campsites in the Great Otway National Park, so there’s plenty of places for you to choose from. There is a camping area at Johanna Beach for people who want to do the Great Ocean Walk that offers both stunning ocean views along the ridge and plenty of kangaroos to see. Otherwise, the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve near Port Fairy and Warrnambool is a great nearby place to camp and see roos too.
Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay, NSW
Located on the south coast of New South Wales, the Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay contains white sand beaches with crystal clear water that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and scenic nature walks that are a must see.
The local animals know this, and the smart little critters get to live here for free! (Lucky bastards.) This includes the possums, wallabies, echidnas, and kangaroos that call this place home. Roos can be spotted along the walking trails on the northern and western shores the Jervis Bay National Park as well.
You can park your campervan or camp in a tent at the Green Patch campgrounds to stay at a gorgeous place that is ideal for seeing kangaroos and also various species of birds. Alternatively, you can camp around the Bristol Point and Cave Beach areas as well.
Cape Hillsborough National Park, QLD
Located roughly 45 minutes from Mackay, the Cape Hillsborough National Park is one of Queensland lesser known holiday destinations (pretty hard to compete with the likes of Movie World – it’s Hollywood on the Gold Coast!). The park is used to be a volcano millions of years ago, and it’s ace rock formations are still there to have a squiz at. The park also has a eucalypt forest and a rainforest covered with hoop pines, vines, and ferns. You can check all this out on the various walking trails you can do around here.
Perhaps best of all is the hidden beach where all the local eastern grey kangaroos and wallabies go to get some tucker. They specifically like to dig into the mangrove seed pods and seaweed on the beach, and tend to get there around sunrise, and sometimes even as early as 3:30 am (don’t they enjoy a good sleep in?!).
However, if you want to get up close and personal with these guys, you’ll have to get up early too. The roos don’t really give a rat’s arse about the tourists gawking at them while they’re having a feed, provided these visitors don’t get too close, of course.
If you fancy checking out these kangaroos for yourself, you’re in for a treat. There’s a free campground around the northern end of the beach that perfect for campers to enjoy both their surroundings and its inhabitants. Whether you want to sleep in a campervan or a tent, it’s all good. It’s funny to think that the roos like to bum around the beach just as much as humans do!
Murramarang National Park, NSW
The Murramarang National Park is along the south coast of New South Wales, and it’s surrounded by the Koloa, Benandarrah, and South Brooman state forests. Its 13km of beaut coastline has beaches where you can find some eastern grey kangaroos and set up camp at.
Pebbly Beach is a sandy beach situated between two headlands that’s great for both surfing and even bathing. The camping ground has showers, toilets, barbecues, and drinking water. It’s very easy to access the bush from here too so you can go bushwalking. There’s only room for 23 tents, so just hope not too many other people aren’t planning on camping around here too. But either way, you’ll definitely (and fortunately) be surrounded by kangaroos.
Further down south is Durras Beach where kangaroos and wallabies tend to flock here in the early morning or late afternoon. Not only will you see some roos, but you’ll also see other fair dinkum Aussie animals like possums, goannas, and various birds. And like any beach worth it’s sand, the sunset here is grouse! Besides the wildlife, you and your family or friends can go surfing, snorkelling, or mountain bike riding.
Besides all the roo action going on around here, if you’re a particularly adventurous type and don’t have any kids tagging along, check out Myrtle Beach, the local nudist beach! This allows you to feel as one with nature and be just as starkers as the roos!
Kakadu National Park, NT
While Kakadu National Park is 171km southeast of Darwin, that’s as close as you get to civilisation in the top end of the country. But isn’t that the point of an outback adventure, to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life? (Granted, Mitchell Street doesn’t get that chockers, but still).
Covering an area of nearly 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park and home to many animals. Being the NT, it goes without saying that there are heaps of crocodiles around here, as well as, dingoes, bandicoots, frogs, ducks, and much more.
Guess what else you’ll find heaps of here? Kangaroos, as well as their good mates, the wallaroos and wallabies. These guys are usually more active during the cooler parts of the day, therefore making them easier to see too.
Being such a ridiculously huge place, there are tons of places for you to camp at. The Cooinda Camping Ground that’s next to Yellow Water Billabong is a top place to go to for watching the local animals wander about and to take in the magnificent landscapes. There are also campsites in Cooinda, Jabiru, and South Alligator that are close to the major natural attractions Kakadu has to offer.
Kangaroo Island, SA
What kind of kangaroo related list doesn’t include South Australia’s famous Kangaroo Island?! As the name suggests, there are heaps of roos around here. Not only that, but since the island was completely isolated from the mainland for many years, there are species here there that you won’t find anywhere else.
It’s Australia’s third biggest island, and when you look at it on a map, that fact seems quite clear. This is a place where it’s a great idea to move from camp to camp to get the most out of your time here, rather than just staying in one part of it, and a camper trailer would come in handy for such treks.
There are numerous national park campgrounds, caravan parks, and council campgrounds available for you to stay at so you can see as much of the island as possible. Be aware that both bush camping and wood fires are illegal on the island.
Besides all that land you’ll have to drive through, know that over a third of Kangaroo Island contains national parks and wildlife conservation areas. As there are 1,500 different types of animals that call Kangaroo Island home, that means that there are more than enough animals to look out for. There are possums, koalas, wallabies, swans, goannas, cockatoos, bandicoots, seals, and of course the animal the island’s named after, the Kangaroo Island kangaroo (fair dinkum, that’s what they’re called!).
Besides seeing the local fauna, take advantage of all the crystal clear water around the island. You can go swimming, diving, surfing, or even kayaking. Naturally, there are plenty of great bushwalking options as well.
Go Out And See Some Roos!
If you’re keen to have a true-blue Aussie adventure to see one of Australia’s most loved animals, then you should consider getting yourself a camper trailer from Mars Campers. Contact us by calling 1300 667 868 today!