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The Kangaroo Sanctuary, Alice Springs

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by Tema (subscribe)
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Published July 27th 2015
You only live (to hold a baby kangaroo) once
To all those who have traveled far and wide to explore the beauty and wonders of Australia - this is a place that you absolutely must visit, for it will complete your Australian holiday adventures.

The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs is a wildlife reserve that has been set up for kangaroos - both old and young - to seek support, rehabilitative services and love, especially for orphans who were recovered from their mothers, who were hit while crossing the road.

Beautiful creatures at the Kangaroo Sanctuary

My partner and I participated in the sunset tour that is offered by the Kangaroo Sanctuary and were thoroughly impressed! Visitors who are locals are offered a pick-up and drop-off services from the Convention Centre, while those who are new to Alice Springs are offered the same services from their respective accommodations.

The tour begins on the bus (operated by Centre Bush Bus), where the group is provided with a short snippet of how kangaroos and joeys work together in nurturing each other, followed by the services provided by the Kangaroo Sanctuary to its fragile but equally important residents.

Inquisitive kangaroos waiting to say hello to us

Upon arriving at the Kangaroo Sanctuary, it was riveting to meet the iconic Chris Brolga face-to-face. He appeared to be a very down-to-Earth man who took the time to familiarize himself and each other with the group members, learning about where we all came from, and whether we had ever had the experience of interacting with a/multiple kangaroos.

Brolga operating an educational, guided tour around the Kangaroo Sanctuary

Brolga beautifully articulated - via a comprehensive, educational guided tour - the importance of caring for kangaroos and the steps that are undertaken in the event that one finds and/or hits a kangaroo on the road, to look out for whether there were joeys in their pouches.

Throughout our tour, Brolga and his kangaroo clan followed our group and were extremely hospitable and friendly throughout. Some kangaroos were even eager to receive endless cuddles from us, which really made us feel loved and welcomed in their home. While Brolga conducted our tour, he carried a bucket of dried grass, which attracted a number of kangaroos to stop by and have a play and cuddle with us a group.

The kangaroos getting their dinner

Visitors of the Kangaroo Sanctuary were in for a treat when Brolga took us to the part of the Sanctuary where an iconic Australian superstar lived - Roger!

As some of you may know, Roger is a truly ripped kangaroo who doesn't fear humans and has an aggressive streak that makes him the alpha male of the kangaroo family here in the Sanctuary. Infamously known to crush a metal bucket, he has a quirky personality that is not to be messed with.

Australia's superstar kangaroo - Roger

If you're lucky (depending on whether you're Brolga or not), you may even have the opportunity to witness him intimidating and picking a fight with Brolga, who himself is excellent at taking on a challenge like Roger.

Brolga and Roger "playing

The sunset that encapsulates this 90 acre wildlife reserve is absolutely breathtaking. With the sun setting, you can begin to notice the several kangaroo silhouettes that are blanketed across the Kangaroo Sanctuary, making your Australian experience one to remember!

Glorious sunset at the Kangaroo Sanctuary

And of course, this tour would not be complete without experiencing what it's like to care for a baby kangaroo. Brolga spoke of the many times when people choose to adopt and care for a baby kangaroo, without having the base knowledge of how to do so. There are a number of factors to consider when caring for a rescued baby kangaroo, and holding a baby kangaroo like Indie (pictured below) really helped with putting Brolga's words into perspective.

Holding baby Indie - an inspirational joey

Baby Indie is quite the inspirational Joey! After her mother was unfortunately hit while crossing the road, Indie was rescued and brought to the Kangaroo Sanctuary, where she underwent rehabilitation to recover from the traumatic experience and grow in a naturally hospitable environment. Now at 6 months, Indie is doing extremely well under the care and management of the fantastic Kangaroo Sanctuary!

This experience was an all-rounder, delivering on so many levels. With the practical approach of interacting with and holding kangaroos, to the educational approach offered by Brolga and his very helpful family of kangaroos, this experience is #1 on TripAdvisor with good reason! This is a great Australian adventure that everyone should experience, especially if you're planning a trip to explore the Outback regions of Australia!

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Why? You get to hold a baby kangaroo and learn about caring for them.
When: Contact the Sanctuary to find out what days they operate (subject to availability)
Phone: 08 8965 0038
Where: Alice Springs, NT
Cost: Adult: $85, Child: $45 (3-17 yrs)
Your Comment
What a fabulous experience.
by EricaL (score: 3|1684) 2364 days ago
Congratulations on your competition win Xarah!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 2344 days ago
Congratulations getting first place.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2342 days ago
This is a very heart warming article. Kangaroos are such unique animals.
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|304) 2351 days ago
Hope OS visitors get to read this and visit. Beaut pics, well done.
by Kat May (score: 3|1448) 2348 days ago
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