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No, Kangaroos Don’t Bounce Down the Street — Yes You Can Have a Beer With Them

Welcome to Australia, where our animals are as strange as they are deadly.

Sandi Parsons
Creatures
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4 min readJun 3, 2021

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Unfortunately, our kangaroos don't hop down the street on command (they are wild animals, not trained monkeys). But you can get up close and personal with them at various locations. A petting zoo will provide you with a vanilla Australian experience and lots of happy snaps. However, for a truly authentic Aussie experience, having a beer with a roo ticks all the boxes.

At John Forrest National Park Tavern, the kangaroos will hop on into the beer garden and pose for your happy snaps — while these roos tolerate people, they are still wild animals and should be approached with caution.

Out in the bush, coming eye-to-eye with a kangaroo can be a different kind of personal experience. Kangaroos will try to kill you if they feel threatened. Kangaroos are fond of disemboweling their prey — if you’re anything like me, you probably function better with your innards intact.

Despite their landlubber nature, kangaroos can use a body of water to their advantage. But don't let their water-loving hijinks fool you. Unlike frolicking with dolphins, a swim with a kangaroo…

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Sandi Parsons
Creatures

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.