If you want to see wild kangaroos in Australia come here

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.

Where to see Kangaroos in Australia
Where to see Kangaroos in Australia
Where to see Kangaroos in Australia

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.

Where to see Kangaroos in Australia

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.

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/murramarang-national-park/pretty-beach-cabins/accommodation
Kangaroos in Australia
Kangaroos at Pretty Beach, Australia
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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.

Kangaroos in Australia
Kangaroos in Australia

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.

Pure magic.

Kangaroos in Australia

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.

Pretty Beach, Australia
Pretty Beach
Kangaroos in Australia
On a bush walk at Pretty Beach
Coastal walk Pretty Beach
Coastal walk Pretty Beach
Coastal walk Pretty Beach, Australia
Coastal walk Pretty Beach
Bush walk in Pretty Beach
Bush walk in Pretty Beach
Coastal walk Pretty Beach
Coastal walk Pretty Beach
Coastal walk Pretty Beach, Australia
Pebbly Beach (8)
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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.

Pebbly Beach, Australia
Pebbly Beach
Pebbly Beach
Pebbly Beach
Kangaroo on Pebbly Beach, Australia
Pebbly Beach
Pebbly Beach
Pebbly Beach
Pebbly Beach, Australia
Pebbly Beach
Kangaroo on Pebbly Beach, Australia
Pebbly Beach
Kangaroos on Pebbly Beach, Australia
Pebbly Beach, Australia
Pebbly Beach
Kangaroo on Pebbly Beach, Australia
Pebbly Beach

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.

Depot Beach, Australia
Depot Beach
Kangaroos on Depot Beach, Australia
Depot Beach
Depot Beach, Australia
Depot Beach
Depot Beach
Depot Beach
Depot Beach, Australia
Depot Beach
Kangaroos at Depot Beach, Australia
Depot Beach
Depot Beach
Depot Beach
Depot Beach
Depot Beach

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.

We stayed in the Pretty Beach cabins thanks to Destination NSW. For a full list of accommodation options click here.

29 thoughts on “If you want to see wild kangaroos in Australia come here”

  1. Awesome photos! I’m going to Australia in about 5 months and I would LOVE to see this place. Definitely writing it down on my “must see aussie places” list. Thanks for the tips!

  2. I think it must be a caravan park type thing to see so many of them. When I was staying in the Grampians in Victoria at a caravan park in Halls Gap there were hundreds of kangaroos around.

    At night we were sitting outside and they’d be be hopping past just meters away doing their thing. No wonder the world thinks we have them in our backyards.

      1. When you do get down that way let me know and I’ll send you to the place Isabelle and I stayed at, great owners and lots of open space there.

        Oh well you know riding them to school doesn’t count because everybody did it back then.

  3. Wow! i’m somewhat speechless, i’m from Denmark and to be honest Kangaroos have always been one of those cartoon figures that didn’t exists in real life, i knew they did however its almost unreal to see them like this, i had no idea!

    I’m without doubt gonna make my travel route go through Australia at some point! i must experience those Kangaroos.

    I had no idea that they where such a wild animal as well, and you can get that close, its amazing!

  4. Wow! i’m somewhat speechless, i’m from Denmark and to be honest Kangaroos have always been one of those cartoon figures that didn’t exists in real life, i knew they did however its almost unreal to see them like this, i had no idea!

    I’m without doubt gonna make my travel route go through Australia at some point! i must experience those Kangaroos.

    I had no idea that they where such a wild animal as well, and you can get that close, its amazing!

    (hope i’m not double posting, didn’t want to post the comment the first time i tryed)

    1. It’s amazing how tame the wild ones can be. They are so used to humans. You wouldn’t want to risk it by touching them, although usually they won’t let you get that close. They are known to box people and can have a vicious kick if angry enough.

  5. I went rete in last month(25/01/15) and stayed there for few days. Very useful and accurate information . Everywhere kangaroos,nice beach ,cheap campin site,natural rainforest and bush. Great effort guys to help people. Thanks

    1. Thanks for sharing !! My wife are going to be in Sydney for a couple of days around Christmas and we are thrilled about seeing kangaroos in the wild. I have a qn. Is this a private property/beach.. Can we just drive there, hang out and head back ?

  6. The map says it is a four hour drive. Would love to take my son there but don’t want to do a 4 hr drive for a day trip. Your blog says a few hours. Is that from Sydney? We are atayi g at darling Harbour Thank you for any information. [email protected]

  7. Hey, such am off beat write up for information! thank you..I sit far away, in India and a first hand account is so much reassuring while planning a trip!
    Could you please tell me if the cottages are suitable for an older couple (fit though) to stay? how do we manage food/supplies for a couple of days at the pretty beach cottages?

  8. Hey how easy is it for an out of country visitor to book a stay here?
    Every travel agent seems to know only places at Batman bay. Also sydney to Murramarang seems like a 4-5 hour drive. So one should at least keep aside 3 days for the trip from Sydney?

  9. We visited Sydney earlier this year and managed to see wild kangaroos around Berrima. We loved Australia and are planning a return trip. Thanks to you, we’ll be targeting a visit to Murramarang. I can’t wait!

    Great post~

  10. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures!!
    What do you recommend between Pebbly, Pretty and Depot?
    And is there any e-mail that I can use to ask enquire? The NSW site doesn’t have any mail id.
    Thanks.

    1. I’m not sure about an email. If you have a car you can easily do all three as they are close by. Pebbly is probably the prettiest of the three.

      1. Thanks for the quick reply.
        I was hoping to experience Kangaroos just the way you have in these pictures. Please recommend among Pebbly, Pretty and Depot accordingly.
        Thanks a lot!

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