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Red kangaroo – just one of the kangaroos you can encounter on a Distant Journeys tour of Australia

Species of kangaroo you’ll encounter on a tour of Australia with Distant Journeys

Species of kangaroo you’ll encounter on a tour of Australia with Distant Journeys

One of the main reasons people dream of visiting Australia is to see the wildlife, which is like no other country on the planet – with its kangaroos, native to Australia, one of the main draws. There are three main species of kangaroo found in Australia – read on to find out more about each one:

Red kangaroos

The largest species of kangaroo, the red kangaroo is found mostly in desert habitats, such as that of the Red Centre, and so you may come across one during your travels to Alice Springs and Ayers Rock. With a male measuring 6 feet tall and weighing in at 200lbs, and a female measures 4 feet tall and weighing around 75lbs, you certainly won’t want to get up too close to a red kangaroo! White stripes running from mouth to ear and black and white lines around the muzzle help to distinguish them from other species, with their long back feet allowing them to achieve speeds of up to 40mph. A red kangaroo’s diet mostly consists of plants and foliage, and can survive with very little water, taking in most of its required water from its food supply.

Red kangaroo – just one of the kangaroos you can encounter on a Distant Journeys tour of Australia

Eastern grey kangaroos

A member of the grey kangaroo family, the Eastern grey kangaroo lives within the forest and grasslands of the country’s east coastal area. They measure up to 6 feet tall, with an adult male weighing up to 145lb, and an adult female weighing up to 90lb. Grey kangaroos lack the markings of the red kangaroo, and their eyes also appear larger, with a lightish grey colour to the body and a light silver-coloured stomach. These kangaroos are predominantly grazers, feeding on grasses rather than shrubs.

Eastern grey kangaroo - just one of the kangaroos you can encounter on a Distant Journeys tour of Australia

Western grey kangaroos

The western grey kangaroo is a relative of the eastern grey kangaroo, found in southern and western Australia, with a subspecies also living on the famous Kangaroo Island, known as the Kangaroo Island kangaroo. Males typically stand around 4 feet tall, weighing up to 120lb, and a male can be up to twice the size of a female western grey kangaroo. It has thick, coarse fur, ranging from grey to brown in colour, and can be easily confused with the eastern grey kangaroo. The western grey kangaroo is seen most at night, when it feeds on grasses, low trees and shrubs, and is known for its curry-like odour.

Western grey kangaroo - just one of the kangaroos you can encounter on a Distant Journeys tour of Australia

You’ll have the chance to get up close to the Kangaroo Island kangaroo as part of a Distant Journeys optional excursion from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, a stunning island filled with nature and wildlife like no other.

If you’d like to see the kangaroos and all the other fascinating wildlife this country has to offer, visit our website to find out more about luxury travel to New Zealand and Australia, as well as our truly unforgettable escorted tours.

Images: Drs, Quartl, S J Bennett

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