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Kangaroos in the Wild in Brisbane

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by May Cross (subscribe)
I'm a writer, artist and keen photographer.
Published August 2nd 2017
Pooh Corner Bushland Reserve
One of my favourite places to walk and take photos of wildlife is quaintly called Pooh Corner. It is little known (read quiet) but the locals are passionate about it. Pooh Corner contains approximately 1,100 Eastern Grey Kangaroos, the biggest urban kangaroo population to be found in any Australian city.

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Roo and Joey

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mob of roos at Pooh Corner

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Eastern Grey Kangaroo in long grass

Pooh Corner Bushland Reserve
The Reserve is 18kms from Brisbane CBD "as the crow flies". It is 137.5 hectares of local government owned land in the south western suburb of Wacol, used as "public recreation and open space" and is a conservation area. The Eastern Greys are the main inhabitants and the adult males grow up to 2 metres. As well as the kangaroos, other mammals found there include the greater glider, swamp wallaby and red-necked wallaby; as well as koalas and a wide range of birds.

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Walk and Picnic Area
The "Kangaroo Trail" is an easy 3.9km circuit walk on a flat designated track leaving from, and returning to, the picnic area. The picnic area is maintained by Brisbane City Council. Facilities include walking tracks, public toilets, electric BBQs, shelter with stools and tables, and a free car park. The car park gate opens at 6am and closes at 7pm daily, all year round. 4WDs and trail bikes are banned and dogs must be kept on leashes, so that the roos and other wildlife are not disturbed.

pooh corner picnic area

Pooh Corner Environment Centre
The Environment Centre was built by Brisbane City Council in recognition of the environmental and educational value of Pooh Corner. Volunteer environment group, Friends of Pooh Corner, initiated its creation and contribute to its ongoing protection as a conservation reserve. Since 2015, the Centre has been managed on behalf of the local community by Wolston and Centenary Catchments Inc (WaCC). It is available for community and private function hire.

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Boxing kangaroos in the mist

Birds of Pooh Corner Nature Reserve
Of the 127 species of birds recorded in the reserve, I have seen and heard (and photographed) the following:
Pacific Baza
Brush Turkey (lovable in the wild; in your garden, not so much)
Wood Duck
Crested Pigeon
White-necked Heron
Australian White Ibis
Corella (long-billed and little)
Sulphur-crested cockatoo
Rainbow Lorikeet (I call them the Crankies as they squabble)
Australian Koel
Fairy Wren (lovely)
Kookaburra or "Laughing Jackass"
Butcher Bird
Willy Wagtail
And there are some others I haven't identified.
I've not been lucky enough to spot a goshawk or any owls - yet.

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kookaburra at Pooh Corner

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Why? To see the last of Brisbane's Eastern Grey Kangaroo population.
When: Anytime but dusk and dawn are the best times as roos come out to feed
Phone: 0404 464 276
Where: Pooh Corner, 100 Wolston Road, Wacol
Cost: Totally free
Your Comment
Being a kangaroo & wallaby lover myself, this Pooh Corner Bushland Reserve looked beautiful and fabulous. Thanks for letting us know about the place.
by cheek (score: 1|20) 1326 days ago
This place looks great! I can't believe I've lived around Brisbane since 2006 and this is the first time I've heard of it :). Beautiful shots, I especially like the one with the two roos fighting!
by Meg Forbes (score: 2|129) 802 days ago
I have never heard of this place before your article, but I think I'll have to check it out! Excellent article May :)
by Chloe Doyle (score: 3|1444) 1751 days ago
Not a roo or bird in site today at 2pm :(
by Wendw (score: 0|5) 1121 days ago
Lovely photos, May!
by Elaine (score: 3|8834) 1751 days ago
Thank you both. I was pleased that I caught good shots of the kangaroos. I hope you enjoy the bushland Chloe. Wacol Station Road is another good spot to see roos.
by May Cross (score: 3|8197) 1751 days ago
May-more great photos.
by lockb (score: 1|99) 1733 days ago
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