Fun Kangaroo Facts

Kangaroo Facts Brisbane Kids

Kangaroos are such an iconic Australian animal that they seem to be everywhere you look – Skippy re-runs on TV, staring back at you from a 50 cent piece and even in the sky on the tail of a Qantas plane!

If your Brisbane Kid loves kangaroos, here’s the best places to spot one locally – both in the wild and in zoo enclosures. We’ve even included some fun facts about kangaroos that may surprise you!

Where to spot kangaroos in the wild near Brisbane

Head out into the sprawling Brisbane suburbs, especially those that are near bush land, and you may be lucky enough to spot a ‘roo in the wild. You are most likely to see one at dawn and dusk, when they are more active and feeding. Here’s a list of suburbs in and around Brisbane where kangaroos have been sighted:

  • Wacol
  • Rothwell
  • Toorbul
  • Hays Inlet Parklands, Mango Hill
  • Donnybrook
  • Kooralbyn
  • Jimboomba
  • Bunya
  • Samford
  • Mount Cotton

Kangaroos in Brisbane in the wild

Brisbane wildlife centres with kangaroos

If you have no luck spotting one in the wild, we’ve compiled a list of wildlife centres in and near Brisbane that house kangaroos. Some even allow you to feed, pat and photograph these beautiful creatures.

Australia Zoo

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Queensland Zoo at the Big Pineapple

Walkabout Creek

Feeding Kangaroos Brisbane

Fun kangaroo facts for Brisbane Kids

  • Kangaroos are marsupials, which means they have a pouch for their young. Baby kangaroos are known as joeys.
  • When a joey is born it is the size of a jelly bean and will stay in its mum’s pouch for at least four months. After that they hop in and out until they are about 10 months old.
  • Kangaroos are not only found in Australia, but also New Guinea.
  • There are four different kangaroo species: the red kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo, western grey kangaroo and antilopine kangaroo. The largest is the red kangaroo.
  • Kangaroos can hop around quickly on two legs or walk around slowly on all four, but they can’t walk backwards.
  • Kangaroos can jump very high, sometimes three times their own height.
  • Kangaroos can swim.
  • Kangaroos are herbivores and their diet consists mostly of grass.
  • A group of kangaroos is called a ‘mob’, ‘troop’ or ‘court’. Each mob has between 10 and 25 kangaroos.
  • A female kangaroo is called a doe and a male kangaroo is called a buck
  • Kangaroos use their tails to help them balance while jumping

For more fun facts about kangaroos and other marsupials, visit the Queensland Museum’s Find Out About Marsupials page. And for kids that want to draw a kangaroo, check out this easy tutorial on Kids 4 Kangaroos.

Have you spotted a kangaroo in Brisbane? Tell us where!

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Ngaire Stirling
Owner and Founder of Brisbane Kids, Ngaire decided to give corporate life the flick and become a teacher. Little did she know that once qualified, Brisbane Kids would become a full-time gig and suddenly her PR & Journalism Degree would finally become useful. Hurrah! 3 kids and 6 years later she is still loving running Brisbane Kids.
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  • TumbleTastics

    My little one loves all animals and especially kangaroos. We love heading to Asutralia Zoo to see all their amazing animals

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