Enjoy a weekend camping on Stradbroke Island and you may be lucky to also see kangaroos in the wild. You'll need a 4WD vehicle and beach permit to access the Main Beach Foreshore area. There are 'no facilities/ back to nature' camping spots behind the dunes along the beach. Last time we camped here, we saw a family of wild kangaroos in the camping zone. Enjoying a beer on the dunes at sundown, we also saw two kangaroos hopping along the beach. Kangaroo spotting doesn't get much better than this! If you go between March and November you might also see whales on their migration.
Kangaroo at Main Beach Foreshore Camping Area, Stradbroke Island
If you're also keen to see a wide range of other exotic animals (including a bear, camels, koalas and alpakas), Alma Park Zoo is a good choice. Just 30 minutes drive from the CBD, the Zoo is well maintained with attractive enclosures and leafy walkways. There is an open enclosure where you can wander about and feed kangaroos (with joeys). For fans of the "Six White Boomers" song, there is also a separate enclosure with white wallabies. Bargain hunters can often pick up half price entry vouchers on group buying sites or offers on the back of supermarket receipts. Cost: $37 (adult) Opening hours: 9am - 4pm (closed Christmas Day and shorter hours on Anzac Day)
3. Daisy Hill Koala Centre Daisy Hill Road, Daisy Hill In the grounds around the Centre, you can usually see wild wallabies roaming around. Enjoy a BBQ in the excellent picnic area while you watch. There are also some great walks (some suitable for strollers and wheelchairs) around the surrounding Conservation Park. Best of all, entrance is free. Cost: Free Opening hours: daily from 10am to 4pm (except Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday)
4. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket As well as koalas, there is a great open enclosure, where you can stroll amongst the kangaroos and feed them too. The sanctuary is stroller and wheelchair friendly and there are plenty of areas to have a picnic lunch. Entry cost: $33 (adult) Opening hours: 9am - 5pm everyday with shorter hours on Anzac Day and Christmas Day
5. Sunshine Coast
Why not make a weekend of it and enjoy a stay up the Sunshine Coast whilst you go kangaroo spotting? There are wild kangaroos in the grounds of the Hyatt Regency at Coolum and the Novotel at Twin Waters. If you don't spot a kangaroo, at least you can enjoy an excellent break at one of these lovely hotels.