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Published August 11th 2015
Get out and see native animals in the wild
So the relo's have arrived and want to see some kangaroos? Or the kids have itchy feet and are keen for a day trip to see some animals? Well my advice is to ditch the zoo or animal park and head outdoors to see some animals a la natural.
Being surrounded by national and state parks, we are super lucky in Sydney to have some great places right on our doorstep to spot both wallabies and kangaroos. Here's my top five spots – where are yours?
The Basin is a beautiful spot which Sydneysiders and tourists alike relish. You will spot wallabies here as well as kookaburras (and other native birds) and goannas. The basin can only be reached by ferry or water taxi from Palm Beach (or if you are keen you can park at North Head and take a 2.8km walk along a dirt track). The Basin is around 40km north of the city.
The park has flushing toilets and showers, bbq's (wood and gas), picnic tables and drinking water. You can also really soak up the atmosphere and camp here for a night or two!
Swamp Wallaby source: wikipedia
Cattai National Park is a small, but important park in Western Sydney, approximately 60km from the city. The Park is home to significant historical sites, as well as swamp wallabies. You can spot them throughout the park including near the kids play equipment at Cattai Farm picnic area. The park has toilets, picnic tables and bbq's. You can also canoe, fish and camp here.
In the Blue Mountains National Park, Euroka Clearing is home to about a large number of eastern grey kangaroos who can be generally spotted between September and March. Euroka is situated in Glenbrook which is approximately 1.15 minutes from Sydney. You can also spot other animals here, as well as camp.
Stunning Eastern Grey Kangaroo source: wikipedia
Bundeena in the Royal National Park is a favourite park for many Sydney siders and a place you can spot both kangaroos and wallabies, although they are somewhat rarer than they used to be. This 16,000ha park is also home to a plethora of other animals including birds, goannas, turtles and fish. You will find all required amenities here including toilets, picnic tables, bbq's and places to camp.
There are many animals to be seen at the Park including kookaburras source: wikipedia
Kuringai Wildflower Garden is only a hop skip and a jump from the city. Lambert's Clearing Picnic Area has a playground, tables and toilets, is close to the Fern House and is frequented by very friendly wallabies – so watch your lunch!
Please remember that you are looking for wild animals who may or may not appear on the day – if luck is not on your side enjoy the trip to some of these beautiful places anyway.