Pandering to the tourists

Katydid 6 October 2009 30

My best friend is flying in from Canada next week to visit – her first trip to Australia. We’re taking a trip up to Brissie and will definitely check out Steve Irwin’s zoo while we’re there, but in the meantime, for an authentic ‘in the wild’ feel, where are the best-absolutely-can’t-miss-’em-guaranteed-to-be-there kangaroo spotting places in the Canberra area? I’m aware of the dawn/dusk viewing times, but not sure of locations…

We offer touristy thanks in advance!


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deye deye 11:21 am 08 Oct 09

bd84 said :

However, I will help you out by pointing out the stingray zoo isn’t in Brisbane it’s on the Sunshine Coast.

These days it’s practically the same thing. Pretty well much from just south of the border to just north of Noosa and just about out to Toowoomba is one big city.

He may have been a celebrity in America, but he was definitely Australian born and bred.

bd84 bd84 8:23 pm 07 Oct 09

Katydid said :

bd84 said :

Anyway why on earth would you want to take them to Brisbane? The capital city of boring. I have never found a city with so little to do to keep one entertained for more than a few hours. Though technically the theme parks are in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, go to the Gold Coast instead.

Well for one thing, my parents live there…free accommodation is never something to sneeze at. Though I like Brisbane for visiting, not so much for the living. Besides, what do people come to Australia for but to see the beaches, Steve Irwin, and the opera house? Brissie offers 2 of the three (well kind of). Plus the sunshine-y weather that Canberra just can’t seem to keep hold of at the moment.

Free accommodation changes everything..
It’s sad that people associate Australia with Steve Irwin who was an American “celebity” who acted to the Australian stereotype. However, I will help you out by pointing out the stingray zoo isn’t in Brisbane it’s on the Sunshine Coast.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 2:42 pm 07 Oct 09

Red Hill. You also get a view.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:26 pm 07 Oct 09

Paddocks on the corner of Bindubi St and William Hovell Drv, next to Aranda Bushland.

niftydog niftydog 7:38 am 07 Oct 09

bd84 said :

Anyway why on earth would you want to take them to Brisbane? The capital city of boring… go to the Gold Coast instead.

Only one place in Queensland is more boring than Brisbane – The Gold Coast!
A massive state full of natural wonders and all some people can think about is getting tanked at a bar by the beach with thousands of tourists? “Bah” I say!

Re roos – best time is probably dusk. Anywhere north of the Barton Hwy between Crace and Mitchell, Goorooyaroo and just about everywhere else north east of Gungahlin, guaranteed to be some behind Canberra Stadium every afternoon, Lyneham Eucalypt Plantation, Gungahlin Pond etc etc etc. More scenic loacations: Mt Stromlo, Mt Ainslie, Black Mtn, Dunrossil Drive…

Katydid Katydid 7:27 am 07 Oct 09

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!

Katydid Katydid 7:25 am 07 Oct 09

bd84 said :

Anyway why on earth would you want to take them to Brisbane? The capital city of boring. I have never found a city with so little to do to keep one entertained for more than a few hours. Though technically the theme parks are in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, go to the Gold Coast instead.

Well for one thing, my parents live there…free accommodation is never something to sneeze at. Though I like Brisbane for visiting, not so much for the living. Besides, what do people come to Australia for but to see the beaches, Steve Irwin, and the opera house? Brissie offers 2 of the three (well kind of). Plus the sunshine-y weather that Canberra just can’t seem to keep hold of at the moment.

Katydid Katydid 7:24 am 07 Oct 09

eyeLikeCarrots said :

If you’re really lucky I’ll be there…. in a Kanagroo suit… laying about in the shade…. having a scratch…. I’ve given up eating grass tho

Umm. Wow. Uh. Thanks for that. Umm yeah. We’ll…uh…definitely be there.

🙂

misshelly misshelly 2:50 am 07 Oct 09

The Governor General’s residence lawns via Lady Denham Drive… there’s an area to park and a lookout type thing… always seems to be roos on the grass in there.

busgirl busgirl 9:07 pm 06 Oct 09

eyeLikeCarrots said :

Weston Park in Yarralumla, there is always some there laying about in the shade, eating grass and having a scratch….

If you’re really lucky I’ll be there…. in a Kanagroo suit… laying about in the shade…. having a scratch…. I’ve given up eating grass tho

…creepy…you’re going to be there aren’t you?…just in the case the girls show up…

bd84 bd84 9:03 pm 06 Oct 09

So basically you can drive to absolutely anywhere in Canberra and you’re certain to see some kangaroos somewhere, the RiotACT guarantees it lol.

Anyway why on earth would you want to take them to Brisbane? The capital city of boring. I have never found a city with so little to do to keep one entertained for more than a few hours. Though technically the theme parks are in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, go to the Gold Coast instead.

prescott prescott 7:57 pm 06 Oct 09

There’s always a few up at The Pinnacle in Hawker, its a nice 5 minute walk in and some well placed rocks that make for nice photos.

pptvb pptvb 7:39 pm 06 Oct 09

Federal Golf Course for roos. They are fairly tolerant of people, so you can get close for photos.
Between the 10th & 18th, so close to the carpark/clubhouse.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 6:47 pm 06 Oct 09

Also the Gold Creek Golf Course, Curran Drv near Nicholls. Best time to see them would be late afternoon.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 6:43 pm 06 Oct 09

Top of Mt Stromlo early morning about 6am

sb14 sb14 6:16 pm 06 Oct 09

Your windscreen at 80 km/h as you come over the hill on Hindmarsh Drive at dusk

Fisho Fisho 6:08 pm 06 Oct 09

Bombala/Delegate for Platypus. I’m surprised people consider them rare. A run drive along Snowy Montains Highway from Adaminaby to Tumut will mean you’ll encounter lots of wildlife, roos, wombats, brums, wallabies, birds, snakes.

Jerrabomberra wetlands isn’t a bad spot for wildlife. Walk from Pine Island to Point Hut Crossing. Googong. Deeks Forest. Uriarra crossing. The triangle of bog for water dragons. Take a cruise through LBG (esp the Eastern side on Black Mountain). Any of the urban mountains (Mt Taylor etc). Molonglo Gorge. Tidbinbilla as mentioned above. The National Gardens at the base of BMP. Clumpy boots to scare the snakes is the order of business.

We are so spoilt for choice in regards to wildlife (and wildflowers, time to hit the Snowies) it is unbelievable.

Tams has a fair number of ranger guided walks as well. http://www.tams.act.gov.au/play/parks_conservation_and_lands/get_out_there/ranger_guided_activity_program

deye deye 6:04 pm 06 Oct 09

Honeysuckle Creek.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 5:28 pm 06 Oct 09

AG Canberra said :

Lanyon Drive between Jerrabombera and the QBN Cemetery – hundreds there all day long.

Agreed. Hundreds of them, anytime you drive past.

Chop71 Chop71 5:25 pm 06 Oct 09

Plenty of stationary ones alonside William Hovell Drive. Some of them are starting to smell a bit 😉

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