The kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae (macropods, meaning 'large foot'). In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, especially those of the genus Macropus, red kangaroo, antilopine kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo and western grey kangaroo. Kangaroos are endemic to Australia.
Kangaroos have large, powerful hind legs, large feet adapted for leaping, a long muscular tail for balance, and a small head. Like most marsupials, female kangaroos have a pouch called a marsupium in which joeys complete postnatal development.
The kangaroo is an unofficial symbol of Australia and appears as an emblem on the Australian coat of arms and on some of its currency and is used by some of Australia's well known organisations, including Qantas and the Royal Australian Air Force. The kangaroo is important to both Australian culture and the national image, and consequently there are numerous popular culture references.
Places to see Kangaroo: South Coast - A popular spot for reliably seeing kangaroos in the wild is at Depot Beach in Murramarang National Park, 10 km north of Batemans Bay on the south coast. They graze around the campsite and grassy verges of the beach.
Sydney and surrounds: Closer to Sydney, sometimes wallabies can be spotted in the late afternoon in The Basin, Pittwater. It is reached by ferry from Palm Beach (Pittwater side). Large herds of kangaroos are often seen grazing in the grounds of the hospital at Morisset. It is on the western shores of Lake Macquarie about 1.5 hour's drive from Sydney. Gates open 6 am to 6.30 pm. In the Blue Mountains National Park , Euroka Clearing just past the campsite near the Glenbrook entrance is home to about 30 kangaroos between September and March.
North Coast: Around Coffs Harbour there are some good kangaroo sites. They include Safety Beach Golf Course (near Woolgoolga), Look At Me Now Headland (Emerald Beach), Hungry Head (near Urunga) and Dorrigo and Bellingen Valley national parks. Bindarri National Park is home to parma and swamp wallabies.
Inland: You can find kangaroos in some national parks including Menindee Lakes (Kinchega National Park), Mungo and Sturt.