This page showcases kangaroo pictures along with two other must-see Australian creatures. The two other Australian must-see creatures are the wallaby and the kookaburra.
We have dedicated this page to images of these quite interesting animals, as they look quite different to any other animals on earth.
These are also some of the more unique types of wildlife you will see when visiting Australia.
For those who like to know details, Kangaroos are members of the marsupial family. This means their young are born in and grow in an external pouch rather than an internal womb, like most mammals.
© Karl | Flickr - Kangaroo on the Move
say most as many people are unaware of another very small group of mammals that hatch from eggs.
So for the technically minded, Australia is also home to two other unusual mammals, that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. This family are called monotremes and the family has just two members, the Platypus and the Echidna.
They are not covered here, its just for your information. This gives them a common link with quite a few of the world's creatures, and when these were discovered naturalists were not believed.
Kangaroos are still plentiful in the countryside, despite efforts to reduce their numbers, and they're even beginning to invade some urban spaces around the country.
© percita | Flickr - Roo on the Road
From a photographer's point-of-view, kangaroos are the perfect wildlife subject. When they spot you, they stand bolt upright and warily watch you, like this photo above, before bounding away.
© Andrew Thomas | Flickr - Kangaroo
This few precious moments of eye-to-lens and sensor contact is
usually enough to get the camera ready, a very obliging animal. Of
course if you visit a wildlife sanctuary, like Lone Pine you will find
tame kangaroos who will let you pat them and you can more easily take kangaroo pictures.
The kangaroo appears as a symbol on almost every Australian device, from the coat-of-arms to the currency.
© Brisbane City Council | Flickr - Swamp Wallaby
Wallabies are smaller, plumper versions of the Kangaroo. They're the same family of animals but are generally smaller than the bigger kangaroos.
The larger ones look a lot like kangaroos, in fact, its just that they are slightly differently colored.
Smaller wallabies inhabit environments away from the plains, such as forests or rocky areas. Some species of wallabies are also native to New Guinea.
© James Niland | Flickr - Wallaby Up Close
Like Kangaroos, they are timid creatures who are happy to let you take pictures but don't like to hang around beyond that.
The Wallabies are also the name of the Australian National Rugby Union team, for those of you wondering why such an obscure creature gets so much attention on the internet and other places.
The Kookaburra, is also dear to Aussie hearts, possibly because we love its raucous laugh! Kangaroos are the true Australian icon. Nowhere else has them so they really set the scene in books and movies as nothing else can.
© Dara Maybodi| Flickr - A Pair of Kookaburra
For most Aussies, it's the Kookaburra they miss when away from home. Its call sounds a lot like someone laughing, and this call says 'home' to Aussies, just as the call of the Loon does to Ontarians and other Canadians.
© Tim Strater | Flickr - Kookaburras up Close
The Kookaburra is the largest of the world's Kingfishers, according to naturalists.
For most Australians, that makes it a highly desirable neighbor.
It can be pretty good at stealing meat off your BBQ bench too, which isn't so friendly, so you need to watch your lunch!