The Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Kangaroos are probably the most iconic aspect of Australia. The native species can be found all over the country in many different shapes and sizes. As well as stumbling across them in the more rural areas of Australia (as well as in some urban hotspots), you can venture to national parks to really get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures.

Phillip Island is one of the go-to places for kangaroo spotting. The on-site Wildlife Park is jam-packed full of cute critters and interesting species, from native koalas, echidnas, and Tasmanian devils, to birds like emus and cassowaries.

But the kangaroos are by far the stars of the show. Here, you can get up close and personal with the Eastern Grey species (the most prominent species in Australia) and learn more about their habitats, their history, and their behaviour.

The animals roam free around the park and you’re free to go up to them and feed them. This can be fairly daunting when you realise just how big Eastern Grey Kangaroos are – in fact, they’re the heaviest species of marsupial in the world. That being said, the kangaroos on Phillip Island are used to having visitors and will happily eat from the hands of humans.

Speedy Critters

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Eastern Grey Kangaroos besides their size, is their speed. They use their bulky hind legs to propel themselves forward at astonishing speeds – reaching over 35 miles and hour across long distances. And, with their ability to take huge leaps (thanks to their powerful legs), they can cover a whopping 8 metres in a single leap, and jump 6-foot high.

Nocturnal Mobs

Watching the kangaroos go about their daily lives is a fascinating way to spend a morning or afternoon. They gather in groups of about 10 which are known as “mobs” and tend to come out to play in the late afternoon. Until then, they snooze in the shade until the temperatures cool down and they can go in search for food. Once the sun sets, they’re likely to be active until the small hours of the morning.

The Eastern Grey Kangaroo is the most popular species of kangaroo in Australia, with millions roaming the bush land and the rural areas surrounding cities. If you can get up close and personal with them in a place like Phillip Island, you’ll discover why they’ve become such a beloved icon.

Find out more about the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, on our Phillip Island Tour today!