Sunday, October 22, 2006

Kangaroo in the wild

There are several wildlife parks in and around Sydney where you can get close and personal with kangaroos and wallabies. You can pat them (their fur is so soft to touch!) and they will probably eat off your hand too.

But where can you see them in the wild, roaming free? There's one place I know where you can be assured to see them anytime: Euroka clearing near Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains. It's a just an hour's drive out of Sydney. You'll find the clearing a few kilometres into the national park, there are always a few kangaroos there eating the grass. They're just tame enough to let you come close and take good pictures, but wild enough that they will never really let you touch them - they will hop away if you try. A truly natural experience. More about Glenbrook here…

Do my local readers know of any other good wildlife spots around Sydney?

9 comments:

Sally said...

Perfect relaxing weekend shot, nathalie.

Waratah Park at Terrey Hills is good for kangas. I have a great pic of my son aged less than 1 year in a puch on my front meeting his first kangaroo!

Have youbeen to Jervis Bay, or Pebbly Beach near Batemans Bay? You find them on the beach there.

I have grown up seeing kangas all my life, an I still am fascinated by them.

We took a friend of mine who visited from England to Canberra 9they are all around Canberra) and she was in raptures - they hang around suburban areas and bbqs etc. BUT at first she couldn't see them, becaus their grey against the yellow grass when they are standing still makes them look like dead tree stumps! I'm pointing and saying "look there! over there!@" and can see dozens of kangas, and my friend is squinting and accusing me of making it up!

Meg Nakagawa said...

In Auckland Zoo, there is the Oz wildlife area where people actually walk amongst wallabees and emus, which was unnerving after watching all the docos about roos boxing eafch other, so I tried to not to make eye contact and took off my red jacket and rushed through that one, though the wallabees were so cute.

Hey, I'm feeling terrible because it's raining over here - we needed it badly as we too face water ristrictions, but nothing like yours... Here's hoping for rain for Oz, too. And on the Oz news on Prime - they were talking about what to eat to fight osteoporosis, and sure enough, everybody was comparing the price of bananas in their local supermarkets! Australia is so near and yet so far.

Zsolt72 said...

ohhhh soo cute:)

Lavender Lady said...

Thank you for sharing this shot...I confess i've only seen them in zoos and I am not sure if I have every seen one laying down. A whole new perspective for me.

Kala said...

as long as they do not bite the hands I would be incline to having them feed off of my hands but they do look very gentle and friendly.

Bill said...

I suppose had I thought about it....but I never thought of them in any position other than standing up!

Ham said...

Hey - peel me a grape!

Candice & Megan said...

Haha...so cute!

perle de rosée said...

Pretty little animal. Here we sea them only in zoological gardens. I think to remember there are some in Maubeuge...