You have hopped on a plane to Australia to see all the amazing sights that this country has to offer. You have been on the road for 2 weeks and you ended up in Sydney to spend your last couple of days in this pretty amazing city. BUT… You haven’t seen any kangaroos!
This happened to a friend of mine who had flown all the way from the Netherlands to spend Christmas and new years in Australia.
I wanted to make sure that they did not leave Australia without having seen the local wildlife, so I asked around and was told about this amazing place.
We took our chances, hopped in our rental and drove up to Glenbrook National Park. Here is what happened next.
One of the easiest locations to see kangaroos is at Eureka campground in Glenbrook National Park. This national park is located just outside of Glenbrook, one of the first towns in the blue mountains. It is only a 20-minute detour from the main road, so totally doable. You definitely do need a car, so if you are traveling by public transport then I advise you NOT to do this.
The drive to the campground was not too difficult, but there are some unpaved roads.
There is a park fee of $8,- when entering the national park. However, when we got there the booths were closed and we could just keep on driving. So if you come earlier in the day you might have to pay. Additionally, the park closes at 7 pm, so make sure you get there on time.
EUREKA CLEARING CAMPGROUND
The campground is surrounded by virtually untouched eucalypt forest and is, therefore, home to lots of Australian wildlife.
The best time to go is early in the morning or a bit later in the evening when the animals are more active. We arrive at the ground at 6 pm and found lots of activity. Some eastern Grey Kangaroo’s where grazing the fields, kookaburras where laughing their heads off, cockatoos where enjoying dinner and a family of ducks were wandering around the grounds.
Evenings at Euroka are dominated by the comings and goings of Laughing Kookaburras. Largest members of the Kingfisher family, these birds prey on snakes, lizards and small birds and mammals. They are bold, loud and brazen birds. These little birds are not scared of you so you can get up pretty close to take pictures.
A bit further from the street was a large flock of Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos. They are feeding, fooling around and screaming just for the heck of it. They are also not too scared of humans, I think they are used to them being around at the campground, so you can also get reasonably close to them.
On the campground there where two groups of roos chilling and eating. They were very easy to spot and in large numbers. So it is definitely worth a trip to the campground if you really want to see wild kangaroos when in Sydney.
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