Where to see wild kangaroos in Sydney (and other animals too!)
What better way to spend a day then having a picnic and seeing some amazing kangaroos in Sydney. You’ll also get to see other amazing Australian wildlife including wallabies, emus, kookaburras and more!
Luckily for us there are some excellent places in Sydney where you can enjoy our amazing wildlife. If you are up for a bit of an adventure, there are also a few excellent spots out of Sydney that are worth the trip.
Some of the places listed below have wild animals and others are in animal reserves. I have been to both reserves on this list and feel confident that the animals are well looked after.
Kangaroos in Sydney in the wild
It’s a real feeling of excitement when you see your first kangaroo or wallaby in the wild. Especially exciting if you are bringing relatives or friends who are seeing one of these amazing animals for the first time.
I think the best way to see them is in their natural habitat. But of course the nature of animals is unpredictable, so I cannot guarantee you will see a specific animal when you head out to one of the following places. But I do know that all the places listed are wonderful Sydney spots that are worth a day trip regardless.
1. The Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan
The Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan is the biggest botanic garden in Australia. Spanning a huge 416 hectares, this garden is a treasure trove of animals and plants. Throughout the park you will see kangaroos, birds, reptiles, ducks and even frogs. Enjoy the mob of kangaroos that hang out in the top grassy area, the ducks around the pond and the many birds you can see from the bird hide. This is a perfect spot to see Kangaroos in Sydney and some other amazing things too!
Mount Annan is approximately 1 hour from the Sydney CBD and is best accessed via car. There is a bus stop approximately 2km away.
For more details read our blog on The Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan.
Address: Narellan Road, Mount Annan NSW 2567
More info: www.australianbotanicgarden.com.au/
2. Ku-Ring-Gai Wildflower Garden
Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is a beautiful spot to see native animals. You are pretty much guaranteed to see some wallabies at Lamberts Clearing. Plus there is a beautiful pond where you may spot a turtle and some beautiful green frogs. Stop by the Visitors Centre to see some reptiles and of course there are a tonne of birds all around.
Our blog on Ku-ring-gai Wildflower garden has lots more info.
Address: 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives NSW 2075
More info: www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/Services_facilities/Ku-ring-gai_Wildflower_Garden
3. The Basin Pittwater
The Basin in Pittwater is a pretty special Sydney spot. Accessed via ferry (or a 2km, steep walk) this secluded spot is a popular picnic and camping area.
Visitors love it due to the amazing water views as well as the opportunity to see Australian wildlife. Visitors will see wallabies, goannas, brush turkeys and other birds. You will also enjoy grassy picnic areas, swimming spots and adequate toilet amenities.
Please note that there is absolutely no car access to The Basin. You can walk in via a steep 2.8km walk from West Head or take the ferry from Palm Beach Wharf.
Cost: If you walk in via West Head, parking will cost $12.00 per car per day, the ferry will cost $16.40 return per adult or $8.20 return per child (July 2019)
Address: Basin Trail, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NSW 2084
More info: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/the-basin-campground
Image credit: NSW National Parks
4. Bobbin Head, Kalkari Discovery Centre
The Kalkari Discovery Centre is a visitors centre located in Ku-rin-gai Chase National Park. The amazing thing about this centre is that it is home to a mob of Eastern Grey Kangaroos. These kangaroos are enclosed in a large area within the Visitors Centre, but are essentially wild. The great thing about this is that the chance of seeing them is very high. The kangaroos can generally be found down to the left of the Kalkari Discovery Trail or up to the right of the Visitors Centre. When you arrive, check in with the staff to see where they have last been spotted.
In and around the Kalkari Discovery Centre you will also find wallabies, ducks, turtles and other birds.
For full details on the Kalkari Discovery Centre read our great blog post.
Cost: Free entry, parking is $12.00 per car, per day
Address: Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah NSW 2080
More info: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/visitor-centres/kalkari-discovery-centre
5. Cattai National Park
Cattai National Park is a bushland park located north west of Sydney. Located right on the Hawkesbury River, the park is well known for its wallaby and kangaroo mobs that frequent here. The park also boasts picnic tables, historical sites and with a small riverfront beach it is not a bad spot for a summers day dip.
Check out our blog post on Cattai National Park for more details on this amazing place.
Cost: Free entry, parking is $8.00 per car, per day
Address: Wisemans Ferry Road, Cattai NSW 2756
More info: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/cattai-national-park
6. Wirrimbirra Sanctuary
Wirrimbirra Sanctuary is a volunteer organisation that rescues native wildlife and looks after those animals that are unable to be returned to the wild. Animals within the sanctuary include kangaroos, wallabies, emus, wombats, owls and other native birds and reptiles.
The sanctuary is currently undergoing renovations but is worth a visit. Visitors can also enjoy the native plant nursery.
Cost: $2.00, the last Sunday of each month you can also enjoy a cooked breakfast for $10.00
Address: 3105 Remembrance Drive, Bargo NSW 2574
More info: www.wirrimbirra.com.au/
Enclosed Fauna Reserves with Kangaroos in Sydney
7. Auburn Botanic Gardens
Auburn Botanic Gardens is famous for not only its magnificient gardens but for its nature reserve. The reserve is small but is well maintained and a great spot to see emus, kangaroos, wallabies and birdlife. There is also a lovely Australian billabong here to wrap up your Aussie themed day. The gardens make for a lovely place to see kangaroos in Sydney along with other amazing native flora and fauna.
Read our blog on Auburn Botanic Gardens for full details.
Cost: Entry is $4.00 per person. Children under 16 free and residents of Cumberland Council are free
Address: Corner of Chisholm and Chiswick Roads, Auburn NSW 2144
More info: www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/venues-hire/parks-and-gardens/auburn-botanic-gardens
8. Central Gardens Nature Reserve Merrylands
This beautiful park not only features waterfalls, walks, playgrounds and large grassy areas but also a nature reserve. The reserve is home to a range of native animals all of which are free to see. This is an easy spot to see kangaroos in Sydney as well as other native animals.
Address: Cumberland Hwy and Merrylands Road, Merrylands West NSW 2160
More info: www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/venues-hire/parks-and-gardens/central-gardens-nature-reserve
Image credit: Cumberland Council
Out of Town
If you are up for a bit of a road trip then these places offer some really amazing opportunities to see kangaroos and koalas.
9. Murramarang National Park, Depot Beach and Pebbly Beach
Both Depot Beach and Pebbly Beach offer really amazing opportunities to see kangaroos. There are mobs of kangaroos here that are ridiculously tame and they hang out along the beach and all through the campsites. They are very used to humans so won’t scatter when they see you. Seeing them here is such a unique opportunity to see kangaroos on the beach!
It is around 3 to 4 hours drive here from Sydney. However, it is worth the drive if you are determined to see a wild kangaroo. The camping and accommodation here are also very authentically Australian and reasonably priced.
Cost: $8.00 per car, per day
Address: Depot Beach Road, Depot Beach NSW 2536
More info: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/murramarang-national-park
10. Koala Hospital, Port Macquarie
Awww how could you resist these cuddly fellows. The Port Stephens Koala Hospital is an amazing place to visit. Koalas come here who are sick or injured. Those that can be are rehabilitated and let back into the wild. Free tours are conducted each day at 3.00pm.
Cost: Free entry, donations are appreciated
Address: Cnr Roto Place and Lord Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
More info: www.koalahospital.org.au/
Do you know of any other spots to see kangaroos in Sydney?
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