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Pandering to the tourists

By 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…

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Pandering to the tourists
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 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 6:04 pm 06 Oct 09

Honeysuckle Creek.

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 5:25 pm 06 Oct 09

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

damien haas 5:11 pm 06 Oct 09

The road running alongside the Golf Course at Gold Creek is a good spot to watch kangaroos from. They cavort on the golf course in the afternoon. Its also a popular spot for wedding photographers who know about the kangaroos.

hk0reduck 5:05 pm 06 Oct 09

Take them for a walk up Mount Ainslie or up and around Mount Taylor. You’ll most likely see Kangaroos and some sweet views!

grunge_hippy 4:43 pm 06 Oct 09

the monaro highway on the side of the road.

Jerry Atric 3:48 pm 06 Oct 09

All Day and every day at Tidbinbilla picnic grounds, and emus as well. Take the drive and stop in at Lanyon on the way back.

grundy 3:42 pm 06 Oct 09

Pine Island next to Bonython.

I’ve taken 4 groups of visitors down there (we live North Side) and have never failed in finding a large group of roos to show the friends, and we can often get close enough for decent photo’s too.
They are normally there all day, so you shouldn’t be too restricted to dawn/dusk either.

When we took a Chilean girl down there last year, we were lucky enough to be treated to about 50+ roos jumping the fence and over the road across to the other field towards Greenway just a few meters in front of our car!

Best place to find them is if you go to the furthest south car park and check within the fenced area on the Bonython side.

Another reliable place that I’ve found is on the 10th and 18th holes at Gold Creek golf course. They always swarm the last fairway late in the day. (Great for visitors, annoying for golf!)

Buzz2600 3:37 pm 06 Oct 09

Tidbinbilla is the place to go for native animal watching – kangaroos by the 100’s and emus near the front entrance most days. There is also a series of water dams and ponds, with a variety of birds and the elusive platypus if you’re very lucky! Keep in mind, they charge a fee to get in now – but its worth it (IMHO).

Or you could try Mt Taylor, early morning or late afternoon. A couple of times the kangaroos have been so relaxed, I’ve had to walk around them on the path, although it does seem to depend on the time of day, weather, season etc. The main trail starts on Sulwood Drive although you can attack it from the Chifley/Pearce side too. It’s a decent climb but has great 360o views of Canberra and the Brindabellas from the top.

areaman 3:34 pm 06 Oct 09

any of the grasslands and the foot of mount ainslie are good for that.

eyeLikeCarrots 3:29 pm 06 Oct 09

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

Poindexter 3:07 pm 06 Oct 09

If you are over northside, there are usually scads of kangaroos in the fields along Bellenden St — especially if you go in from the Barton Hwy end. You might need to drive right to the end to see them.

Another good place is down at Campbell Park Offices. Always seem to be what seems like billions of ’em down there.

Good luck!

AG Canberra 3:03 pm 06 Oct 09

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

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