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Published June 7th 2015
We do have some wonderful places to see kangaroos in zoo conditions around Brisbane, but did you know that there is a spot around 50 kms from Brisbane where kangaroos bask on the beachfront and can be found all times of the day?
Kangaroos/wallabies generally come out in the late afternoon, but this special spot the 'roos like to hang around the seafront all day. Toorbul is a seaside village on the mainland around 1 hour's drive north of Brisbane and a great place to picnic or fish, and is a must to show your overseas visitors these native animals enjoying life close to civilisation.
Head north along the M1 and take the Toorbul turnoff at Pumicestone Road and follow the signs to Toorbul. To see these animals make your way to Toorbul and follow the road south along the esplanade and keep your eyes open as they are often well camouflaged in the bushes. At times you will see a joey peeping from the mother's pouch too.
It is fun game with our family to count them – some 30 or so of these lovely animals visit the seafront, or gather in vacant lots or the front lawns of some of the beachfront homes, overlooking beautiful Bribie Island.
Do take care not to frighten them – you can drive by and take photos from the car window without disturbing them. Do watch as you drive as their road sense is not good and they will often jump past the car onto the road. Do not allow the children to chase them.
If you keep going along the esplanade, you will reach the Shorebirds Roost where thousands of migratory birds rest. It is forbidden to walk into the rest area, but from near the fence as the tide comes in you will see a variety of birds. For more details about this area and the birds that visit, go here.
You can also see a number of roos if you head up to Sippy Downs (aka SKIPPY DOWNS) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Usually grazing on the lawns outside the campus and very tame and unfazed by people but wouldn't try to pat one of them.