I never get sick of seeing wild kangaroos and I’m an Aussie. I couldn’t imagine how excited a foreigner would be to step on our shores and sight our beloved mascot.
They are not as commonly found as you think. I think the first time I saw one in the wild was on Pebbly Beach in NSW when I was 19. At Pebbly Beach they graze on the grass like herds of sheep.
Could you imagine anything more iconic Australian?
Kangaroos on the beach.
They are wild, yet so used to humans they allow you to come close without so much as an eye raise.
Over the three days we spent in the Murramarang National Park, Craig and I had many conversations about how we thought all tourists to Australia should now bypass Taronga Zoo in Sydney and just head a few hours south.
You’ll see kangaroos in the hundreds, wild and free. And I do mean that.
Upon arrival into the Murramarang National park, we came across a paddock in the middle of town near Merry Beach with so many kangaroos that we thought it must have been a kangaroo farm.
They were in people’s gardens, roaming the streets, lazing around on the side of bush walking trails, and hopping around the front of our cabin in Pretty Beach.
I was keen on camping at Pebbly Beach on this trip for my birthday. I felt a special connection when I first visited nearly 20 years ago with my family and wanted to return.
We ended up in a cabin at Pretty Beach, a little north from Pebbly.
It turned out to be just as special, maybe a little more so. The roos loved to chill outside our front porch.
Every mumma had a baby just about, all snug in their pouches.
They stood around clapping and watching as the girls and Craig played Frisbee. They entertained Savannah as she sat in her chair watching them.
And they curiously gathered around me as I did my early morning yoga.
Just me, on the one patch of grass that had no roo poo, with magnificent views over the beach, a gentle morning breeze, and a crowd of kangas wondering what the hell a downward dog was.
We enjoyed our two nights in our cabin.
We were shut off from the world with no internet service. So we played, went for walks around the headlands to nearby beaches, and for drives on gravel roads through the National Parks to discover more rugged, wild, untouched beaches.
We then drove to Pebbly Beach, famous for kangaroos on the beach, and found a group of kangaroos in the corner, near a crazy, protective bird that spent our entire visit swooping us.
And we loved our discovery of Depot Beach. You can camp here too. The girls enjoyed a little play in the rock pools, while even more kangaroos grazed and watched.
Murramarang National Park is a special place
There are also plenty of walking trails, including rainforest trails, and hikes up nearby Mt Durras. And it’s one of the only places in Australia where spotted gums grow right down to the beaches.
There’s hardly another soul around, so you’ll have Australian natural beauty at its best for you to soak up.
If you want to see wild kangaroos in Australia, Murramarang National Park and its beaches is the place to go.
Watch us hanging with the kangaroos below:
Getting to Pebbly Beach
Located on the NSW south coast only a few hours drive (250km) south from Sydney, Murramarang National Park spans 44km of coastline and has easily been the best place we have ever seen kangaroos in the wild.