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Where to See Kangaroos in Perth: Locals Insider Tips 2024

Kaya, hello.

I’m Wendy, your Western Australia Expert, and I’ve called Perth home for over two decades. While living here, I’ve explored the wonders of this region, so let me share where to see kangaroos in Perth.

Kangaroos are more than Australia’s national symbol. They’re a part of our culture, and a source of fascination. Whoever you’re travelling with, these marsupials have a way of creating lasting memories. In this guide, I share some of the best kangaroo hotspots and information on respecting their habitat.

Where to See Wild Kangaroos in Perth

Perth and its surroundings have a variety of habitats where kangaroos thrive. These are the places where you’re most likely to have that magical kangaroo encounter:

Yanchep National Park

A short drive north of Perth, Yanchep National Park is a haven for kangaroos. The bushland and lakes provide the perfect home for these marsupials. Explore the walking trails, and look for kangaroos lounging in the shade.

Serpentine Falls

Serpentine Falls is home to kangaroos, a beautiful waterfall and amazing hikes. The best place to see the kangaroos is on the grass in the main car park.

Pinnaroo Cemetery

A little local tip – head to the Pinnaroo Cemetery to see wild kangaroos lazing around on the manicured lawn. Please treat this memorial park with respect if you visit.

Guaranteed Kangaroo Interaction

Caversham Wildlife Park

Swan Valley’s Caversham Wildlife Park is an excellent place to interact with kangaroos. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to feed these cute marsupials. It’s a fantastic experience for visitors of all ages, especially families with children.

kangaroo with a joey in her pouch eating grass
Kangaroo with her joey at Serpentine National Park

Best Times to Spot Kangaroos

Understanding kangaroos behaviour can increase your chances of spotting them in the wild. Here’s a guide to the best times and seasons for encountering these iconic marsupials:

Early Morning and Late Afternoon

Kangaroos are crepuscular animals, meaning they are most active during dawn and dusk. These times of day are the best opportunities for kangaroo sightings. Early morning or late afternoon walks through kangaroo habitats are often rewarded with sightings of these graceful hoppers.

Cooler Months (Autumn and Winter)

During the cooler months, kangaroos are more active throughout the day. The milder temperatures make it comfortable for them to graze and move about. These seasons are ideal for bushwalking without the summer sun’s heat.

close up of a kangaroo eating a yellow flower
Serpentine Falls

Safety & Respect

Here are some guidelines to ensure your safety and the well-being of kangaroos:

Maintain a Respectful Distance

One of the rules when encountering wildlife is to keep a safe and respectful distance. Kangaroos may seem tame, but they are wild animals and can be defensive if approached. It’s best to observe them from a distance, allowing them to carry on undisturbed.

Do Not Feed Wild Kangaroos

Feeding kangaroos might be tempting, but it’s important to refrain. Human food can be harmful to kangaroos and disrupt their natural diet. Feeding kangaroos can encourage them to approach humans, leading to conflicts and danger. To interact with kangaroos, visit wildlife parks or Perth Zoo.

Stay on Designated Paths and Trails

When exploring kangaroo habitats, always stick to designated paths and trails. Venturing off the beaten path can disturb local flora and fauna and cause soil erosion. It’s also a way to ensure you don’t stumble upon snakes in hidden spots.

Keep Noise Levels Down

Kangaroos have keen hearing; loud noises or sudden movements can startle them. Speak softly and avoid shouting or playing loud music when in their presence. Being quiet reduces stress for the kangaroos and enhances your chances of observing them.

Respect Park Regulations

If visiting a national park or wildlife reserve, observe park regulations and guidelines. These rules are in place to protect visitors and the animals.

Never Approach Aggressively

If you encounter an agitated or aggressive kangaroo, back away slowly and calmly. Do not attempt to provoke or challenge the kangaroo in any way. These animals can defend themselves if they feel threatened.

Kangaroo Facts and Fun Trivia

Kangaroos are fascinating creatures to observe and hold a special place in Australian culture. Here are some intriguing facts and fun trivia about these iconic marsupials:

  • Kangaroos are marsupials, meaning they give birth and carry their young in a pouch. Kangaroo mothers are known as flyers. They provide a safe environment for their joeys until they venture out independently.
  • Kangaroos are renowned for their incredible jumping abilities. Red Kangaroos can leap up to 10 feet, although typically 4 to 6 feet from a standing position. This ability aids in their movement and is a defence mechanism against predators.
  • Australia has four main kangaroo species: the Red Kangaroo, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, the Western Grey Kangaroo, and the Antilopine Wallaby. Each species has unique characteristics and can be found in different country regions.
  • Kangaroos are social creatures that often gather in groups known as “mobs” or “troops.” These gatherings help protect them from predators and allow for communal grooming.
  • Kangaroos hold a special place in the hearts of Australians and are an iconic symbol of the country. They feature on the Australian coat of arms and are associated with national identity.
  • Kangaroos play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of Australia’s ecosystems. Their grazing habits help prevent overgrowth of vegetation, in turn benefiting other wildlife.
  • Kangaroos are herbivores, feeding on grasses and vegetation. Their diet is well-suited to the Australian landscape and adapted to conserve water in arid conditions.
  • In Aboriginal Australian culture, kangaroos have deep cultural and spiritual significance.
a wild western grey kangaroo
Heirisson Island, Perth

Conclusion

Now, it’s your turn to share your kangaroo sightings and experiences with us. Have you encountered these majestic marsupials in Western Australia? Do you have questions or stories to share? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below, and let’s continue the conversation about incredible kangaroos.

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