Where to Find Australia’s Best Wildlife

Kangaroos on Kangaroo Island

If you have the time, you can keep following Great Ocean Road past Adelaide, then ferry to Kangaroo Island. The name is accurate: This beautiful island is hopping with kangaroos and their smaller cousins, wallabies. And it touts plenty of amenities for travelers, including a range of hotels, camps and even a luxury resort.

If you can’t make it to the island, just leave any Australian city at dawn or dusk to see kangaroos hanging by the side of the road, roaming fields and lounging under trees (the animals are most active at night). There are some 45 million kangaroos in Australia, nearly double the continent’s human population.

If you happen to fly into Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, look out the window: Lots of kangaroos live nearby, and sometimes they even make their way to the airport.